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Looking to teach UNV 101?

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.

  • Earned Master's degree from an accredited program.
  • Full-time faculty or staff at NKU.
  • Current resume/vita, official Masters' transcript, UNV 101 Application to Teach, and UNV 101 Teaching Agreement submitted to the Office of First-Year Experience.
  • If a new Instructor: 
    • Complete the UNV 101 New Instructor Workshop - generally held in May.
  • Attend four First-Year Seminar Workshops of the six offered during the summer, fall, and spring semesters.
  • Attend the First-Year Seminar Retreat.
  • Preferred: One year of continuous affiliation with NKU as of August 1, the fall before one begins teaching.

UNV 101 Conversations

Requiring Faculty Attendance

For professional development, UNV 101 faculty must attend at least four First-Year Seminar Workshops and the annual First-Year Seminar Retreat to maintain teaching credentials each year. 

Available Resources


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.

Faculty Resource Manual and Downloads

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.

Office of First-Year Experience

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.