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Writing in the Disciplines Program

UVM: Faculty Resource Group

Teaching First-Year Students: A Faculty Resource Group

This program is co-sponsored by the Writing in the Disciplines Program and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Faculty Resource Group is a faculty development program that will meet regularly throughout the year to reflect on and evaluate participants’ experiences teaching first-year students. Whether you’re new to teaching first-year students or have years of experience, we invite you to share your ideas, strategies, and concerns with other faculty teaching courses with high first-year student enrollment. Participants will receive a book that will help guide our conversations; however, the topics covered by the group will be determined by participants’ interest. We will draw on professional development resources from across campus as needed.

Each meeting will involve a mix of discussion of readings and classroom experiences, presentation about an issue of interest, and the chance to get feedback on evolving teaching ideas and materials. Potential topics include understanding first-year students, adapting class activities to first-year students, fostering involvement in classroom discussions, building assignments that develop study skills as well as disciplinary knowledge, supporting students’ reading, encouraging engagement with challenging activities, and giving feedback to students.

We anticipate three meetings per semester. We’ll schedule the meetings at a time convenient to the faculty who are accepted to the program.


To participate in the Faculty Resource Group, please complete our short application form and submit it by the deadline below to Kristen Cameron, WID Program Assistant, at 302 Bailey/Howe or by email to The form is a fillable pdf. To save a copy of your completed application, you must have a current version of Adobe Reader (download the latest version). For assistance with this form, or to request an alternate format, please email us or call 656-1958.

Fall 2012 Deadline: September 12, 2012

If would like to suggest a topic for the Faculty Resource Group, please email or call 656-1958.

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