Interested in teaching a UNIV first year class?

What are the qualifications to teach?

Minimum qualifications for instructors who have primary responsibility for teaching a course for credit and/or for assigning final grades for such a course (i.e. UNIV1000, UNIV1050, UNIV1060, UNIV1100, and UNIV1150) must have either earned a master's degree (any discipline) or be a currently enrolled graduate student who has earned at least 18 graduate semester hours in their graduate discipline. All instructors are under the direct supervision of a faculty member and/or professional experienced in the teaching discipline, receive regular in-service training, and will be evaluated regularly. First-time instructors must also attend a minimum amount of classroom-based training and are observed by a supervisor at least once during their first term of teaching. The aforementioned requirements meet or exceed SACS accreditation standards for first-year seminar courses.

How do I apply?

Contact Chris Wyckoff in First Year Experience (FYE) by email ( or phone (334.844.1708) for an application.

What kind of time commitment do I need to plan on?

UNIV 1000, 1050, and 1060 classes meet once a week for 50 minutes; UNIV 1100 meets once or twice a week, depending on whether it is a one- or two-credit hour section; and UNIV 1150 meets twice a week. All instructors are required to adhere to traditional class times. Instructors hold weekly office hours (1 or 2 hours) outside of class. First-time instructors must attend a minimum of 3 classroom-based training sessions and are observed by a supervisor at least once during their first term of teaching. Other training is available and all instructors are encouraged to attend.

Is guidance available for new teachers?

Classroom-based training sessions are held over the summer term and include numerous topics essential to teaching a first year seminar. Lesson plans, handouts and standard syllabi are posted on an online resource for all teachers.


Last Updated: March 26, 2012

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