Interested in teaching a first year seminar (FYS) course?

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 (education-, psychology-, or counseling-based disciplines preferred) 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?

UNIV1000 and 1050 classes meet once a week and are one-credit hour courses; UNIV1150 and 1100 classes meet once or twice a week, dependent upon the number of credit hours assigned to the section; and UNIV1060 meets twice a week (two credit hours). All FYS course meetings last 50 minutes. Instructors are required to adhere to posted class meeting times and location and hold a weekly office hour outside of class (one hour per credit hour taught). First-time instructors must attend a minimum number of classroom-based training sessions and are observed by a supervisor at least once during their first term of teaching. Other training is available throughout the semester

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: May 9, 2014

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