First, we recommend attending one of April's two UNV 101 information sessions. We send out postcards to all faculty and staff, inviting anyone interested. We ask everyone to submit an application along with the required documents.
We talk about student development theories and teaching methods, and we also talk about support resources for our instructors.
We cover the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which tell us who our students are and where they're heading.
Recent faculty have learned:
"The format of the workshop, having the participants actively engage as our students will, is brilliant. The 'hands-on' experience taught me so much more than just listening to a speaker would have."
“How to create an atmosphere that invites conversation and active learning so that faculty can enhance students’ learning experience.”
“How to create an engaging environment in the classroom.”
“The importance of building community within UNV 101 – between students in the classroom, between instructors, etc.”
“Letting students know they can rely on you to help adjust to and make the most of their college experience while potentially building a lifelong contact to turn to for assistance, references, professional support, etc.”
"What freshmen expect they will be doing in their first year is not what they reported they do; first-generation college students have different challenges than other students; building a network is essential for freshman success."
We have a Canvas site with all sorts of teaching ideas, worksheets, lesson plans, and a faculty manual.
We also have an advisory committee of eight veteran instructors who develop our annual training and mentor new instructors. They evaluate our student learning outcomes, goals, and purpose of the class.
1. UNV 101 Teaching Application
2. 2022 UNV 101 Teaching Agreement
2022 Sample Syllabi Coming Soon!
Requiring Faculty Attendance
For professional development, UNV 101 faculty must attend at least two UNV 101 Conversations annually to maintain teaching credentials.
For the Fall 2022 UNV 101 courses, we ask faculty to adopt Cornerstones for College Success by Robert Sherfield and Patricia Moody. This book is motivational and also stresses the importance of having a focus and maintaining self-discipline within an academic setting.
Our online learning system, Canvas, has a UNV 101 Instructors site that includes a resource manual, many successful assignments, and key contacts across campus. UNV 101 faculty are given access to these resources once a section of the course is assigned to them.
The Office of First-Year Experience has a variety of books, videos, and learning tools that regard student development and freshman-friendly pedagogy.
Please RSVP to First-Year Conversations at least two weeks before UNV 101 Conversation.