With the advent of the new Core Curriculum for all students matriculating in Fall
2010, two new types of courses have been added: First Year Seminar (FYS 100) and
100-/200-level courses in the disciplines that carry a “Critical Thinking” (CT)
designation. Click here for more information about the
The CTL Faculty Development Office provides support for faculty undertaking the
important work of teaching first-year students in the new Core.
FALL: Every fall term, the Provost will ask deans and chairs to identify—by
October 1—a cohort of full-time faculty to teach FYS 100 during the following
academic year. Once identified, prospective FYS faculty should complete the
"Intent to Teach" form available on the Academic Affairs website. Click here to
go to the Academic Affairs Faculty Resources page.
SPRING: The FYS cohort will participate in a semester-long FYS Faculty Development
Institute that meets weekly for 2.5 hours. The spring Institute training times are scheduled after the faculty cohort is identified by October 1. The Institute uses a problem based learning
(PBL) approach, whereby the cohort works collaboratively to share knowledge and
develop course design materials appropriate to the focus of FYS 100. By the end
of the Institute, each FYS instructor should have a clear design for the course
and a first draft of an FYS 100 syllabus.
Per Faculty Senate Recommendation SR-08-09-36R, all instructors (full-time, adjunct,
TA) scheduled to teach a course that carries the “CT” (critical thinking) designation
must complete a 2-day CT Faculty Development Workshop in advance of teaching the
course. (Note: Faculty members who have completed the FYS Faculty Development Institute
are approved to teach CT courses; no further training is necessary.) The CTL Faculty Development Office offers
one face-to-face workshop and one online workshop per semester. The
upcoming workshop schedule
Spring 2014 Online Workshop
January 3-10, 2014
1 week session
(90 minutes online activity per day)
Register Now for the CT Workshop
For questions about the FYS Institute or the CT Workshop, please contact Sherri Smith at 6-5268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.