First, we recommend attending one of the two UNV 101 information sessions in April. We send out postcards to all faculty and staff, inviting anyone who is interested. We ask everyone to submit an application along with the required documents:
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 student 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."
Requiring Faculty Attendance
For professional development, UNV 101 faculty are required to attend at least two UNV 101 Conversations per year to maintain teaching credentials.
For UNV 101, 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.
Through our online learning system Canvas, we have 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 Programs has a variety of books, videos and learning tools that regard student development and freshman-friendly pedagogy.