First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

FYE 1220 Specifics

Faculty have the option of teaching FYE 1220 as a stand-alone thematic seminar or as a seminar linked to a core curriculum course. For more information, read below.

Thematic Seminar

Faculty develop a theme that students select based on their interests. Students apply information literacy outcomes by researching the theme. Individual sections are identified by their section theme (as determined by the seminar faculty), which will appear in the course title. Seminar faculty provide a 50-125 word description of their theme which will be available to students online and during the SOAR registration process. To see a list of previous FYE 1220 themes, click this link.

Seminar Linked to Core Course (Learning Community)

The First-Year Seminar is linked to a core curriculum course. Students are enrolled in both courses, and apply the information literacy outcomes through a research project in the core course.

Faculty Expectations

All faculty are expected to do the following in their FYE 1220 courses:

  • Teach to the learning outcomes
  • Meet individually with each member of the class at least once during the semester
  • Expose students to Folio (Desire2Learn)
  • Post the course syllabus on Folio
  • Give a final exam during the time established for the class by the Registrar’s Office

Course Goals

FYE 1220 is designed to help students develop foundational information literacy skills before the end of their first semester. A secondary goal is for students to develop a relationship with a faculty member and other students with whom they share an interest in a small classroom setting. For this reason, the course is typically taught by full-time faculty or administrators with faculty rank. However, other full-time staff/administrators with a master’s or terminal degree (adjunct faculty) may also teach. Adjunct faculty must complete a one-time process to add this status and are required to work with an FYE teaching mentor the first time they teach the seminar component (see below).

First-Time Adjunct Faculty

Individuals teaching FYE 1220 for the first time must add adjunct faculty status. The required components are described here.

Prior to teaching FYE 1220 for the first time, adjunct faculty also work with an FYE teaching mentor, a highly-regarded faculty member with experience in both FYE and the broader classroom environment. New faculty submit a syllabus to them for comment and feedback no later than August 1. The mentor will also observe a class and serve as a resource for other questions the new-to-FYE faculty member has. Generally, adjunct faculty only have an FYE teaching mentor once. They are assigned a teaching mentor a second time if they initially teach the EO portion of the course and then later teach the seminar portion.

Course Meeting Times & Class Size

Typically classes run two days each week for 50 minutes (e.g., MW 9:05-9:55). Where faculty have a strong preference, there is a possibility that classes may run for one hour and 40 minutes one day a week, but this format makes it more difficult to schedule rooms and for students to construct a schedule, and because of this, the two-day-a-week format is preferred. Sections of FYE 1220: First-Year Seminar cap at as close to 22 students as possible; recent increases in the size of the first-year class have necessitated sections as large as 25.

Last updated: 11/21/2017

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