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Core Curriculum

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 Core Curriculum.

The CTL Faculty Development Office provides support for faculty undertaking the important work of teaching first-year students in the new Core.

FYS 100

Click here for current list of FYS-trained faculty

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.

“CT” Courses

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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 is:

Live Workshops Date
Spring 2014 Workshop February 22, 2014
Old Main 109
Online Workshops Session Dates
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