A student’s first year in college is an important foundational experience, and a student developing a connection to a faculty member has been shown to impact persistence and success (Delaney, 2008). One way faculty can increase their connection with students beyond their traditional disciplinary courses is through teaching University Seminar (US 1100), a one-hour course designed to help first-year students make a smooth transition to Texas State. The small class environment supports meaningful discussions, introduces students to success strategies, and helps students connect to their peers, their community, and their faculty member.
This session will provide an overview of University Seminar, benefits of teaching the course, and how to get more involved working with first-year students. Join us as we explore this teaching opportunity and impact you can make on first-year student success.
Dr. Kambra Bolch, Associate Dean, University College
Dr. Victoria Black, Director, Peer Mentoring, University College
Dr. Michael Burns, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies
Ms. Amanda Scott, Senior Lecturer, Department of English
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/95038780229