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 Teaching in the FSEM Program

We are proud of the FSEM program and the faculty who devote their time to it. Appointed faculty members who are interested in serving with the FSEM program should ensure that they will not be taking leave for the academic year, as you are expected to be available to students throughout the year. You will develop a strong academic advising relationship with your FSEM students and meet with them in advance of each quarter to provide advising and registration help.

All FSEM faculty will attend the annual training session held in September prior to Discoveries Week. In this training session, faculty share best practices and receive updates on academic policies and requirements. The goal is to exchange information across the decentralized advising structure such that the result is high quality advising for students.

If you are interested in teaching an FSEM for the next academic year, please contact Academic Programs at [email protected]. You can find our Request for Proposals for First-Year Seminar Courses here. Faculty (new and returning) can submit their proposals for the 2019-2020 academic year here

FSEM proposals are reviewed by the FSEM faculty committee:

Heather Martin, Writing Program, chair
Jennifer Karas, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (ex officio)
Rachel Feder, English
Rachel Walsh, Languages & Literatures
Richard Colby, Writing
Hillary Hamann, Geography
Erica Trigoso, Geography
Jing Sun, Political Science
Esteban Gomez, Anthropology

FSEM Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

Based on faculty interest and feedback from the December workshop, we are offering five FSEM faculty-support options this winter. Please plan to attend one or more. Workshops are designed to be practical and hands on. Faculty will earn a $100 stipend for participation (for up to two winter workshops).

Community Engagement in the FSEM Context: Is it for You and Your Students?   

Facilitator: Cara DiEnno

Date: Tuesday, February 19 2:00–3:30pm (Week 7)

Location: Anderson Commons, room 301

This workshop is designed to help faculty explore whether community-engaged teaching approaches can help meet the learning objectives in their FSEM classes. To accomplish this, we will provide a brief overview of the pillars of community-engaged pedagogy. Next, we will consider the specific case of community engagement in FSEM, with particular attention to developmental considerations during students' transition to college. Further, we will provide resources to support community-engaged FSEMs. Finally, a panel of faculty will offer examples from their courses with first year students to illustrate key concepts from the workshop in practice.

To register for this workshop, please click here.

Rewriting Your FSEM Blurb to Attract the Students You Want   

Facilitators: Kate Willink and John Tiedemann

Date: Wednesday, February 27 12:30–2:00pm (Week 8)

Location: Anderson Commons, room 350

Do you love your FSEM topic but not the students who sign up for it? Do you find you only attract certain types of students and want to attract a greater diversity of students? Have you been phoning-in your FSEM blurb because you never have time to reimagine/rewrite it? Join us for a hands-on workshop to revise your FSEM blurb to better attract the students you want. In this workshop, we will discuss elements to consider when writing your blurbs, work through the revision process, and have former FSEM students on hand to offer feedback from the student perspective.

To register for this workshop, please click here.

"Teaching With Stuff": Archives and Critical Pedagogy Across the Disciplines 

Facilitator: Kate Crowe 

Date: Thursday, March 7 9:00-10:30am (Week 7)

Location: Anderson Commons, room 340 (the Loft)

Do you want to teach with primary source materials (photographs, correspondence, and even 3-D objects like dresses and household objects) but aren't sure how to incorporate them into your course in a way that supports your desired learning outcomes? Associate Professor and Curator of Special Collections and Archives Kate Crowe will cover several in-class instructional uses of archives in arts, humanities, and social sciences curriculum. Even short (50 minutes or fewer) sessions working with archives increase student engagement and confidence in their skills as researchers, and gives them the opportunity to interrogate primary sources directly and hone their critical thinking skills. 

To register for this workshop, please click here.