Teach a Seminar

UC Davis First-Year Seminar Atlatl Seminar Demonstration

Teaching a First-Year Seminar

AY 2020-21 Seminar Proposal Deadlines

  • Orientation Priority Deadline - Thursday, June 18, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Final Deadline - Friday, July 24, 2020
  • Winter 2020 Deadline - Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Deadline - Friday, January 10, 2021

Proposal Process

Proposals require a Kerberos login and must be created by the faculty Instructor of Record. 

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Every year, Undergraduate Education offers over 300 seminars taught by creative instructors who are asking questions that are dear to their hearts about the world. Students value the opportunity to take a small class and get to know their instructors and other students. Review the current First-Year Seminar Schedule to see what others are doing as part of this unique and exciting program.

If you have an idea for a seminar that you would like feedback on prior to submitting a proposal, please email a brief description of the topic(s) and the questions you would like to discuss to Janet Chambers, jachambers@ucdavis.edu. You will be paired with an educational specialist with related experience who can help you identify and describe course learning objectives, design alternative assessment approaches, and explore new strategies for stimulating student learning.


Academic Enrichment Funds (AEF)  The instructors of record (IOR) for each seminar is eligible for an AEF allocation of $2,500 for a one-unit course or $3,000 for a two-unit course. These funds are issued to the IOR's home department and may be used towards University-related business expenses in support of academic or professional endeavors. These funds cannot be used as additional faculty compensation. More information on Academic Enrichment Fund Accounts can be found on the Academic Affairs website.

FYS Mini-grant  Instructors may also apply for mini-grants of up to $500 to cover direct course-related expenses for each seminar offering. Mini-grant applications are included as part of the proposal process. More information on what expenses mini-grants can cover and how funds are allocated can be found on the FYS Mini-grants page. 

Faculty Resources

  • Just-in-Time-Teaching (JITT) Resources from the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) help faculty learn effective teaching strategies for supporting student success.
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  • UC Davis Red Folder - the faculty & staff guide for assisting students of concern.


Any individual with a full-time instructional appointment at UC Davis are eligible to serve as instructors of record (IOR) for a First-Year Seminar, including all members of the Academic Senate and all Lecturers, Visiting and Adjunct Lecturers and Visiting, Adjunct and Emeriti Professors.

Members of the campus community who do not hold an instructional appointment may apply for a teaching appointment within their home department for the specific purposes of teaching a First-Year Seminar. Departmental teaching appointments of this sort make it possible for research associates, campus administrators and staff members to participate as instructors in First Year Seminars. 

For Post-Docs  Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible to serve as IORs, nor are they allowed to hold instructor without salary (WOS) positions. However, postdoctoral scholars may co-teach a seminar with an instructor of record if the instructor of record will participate fully in teaching the Seminar and attend a majority, if not all, class sessions.

For Emeriti  Please click here to view the specific policies regarding Emeriti eligibility.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to teach a FYS seminar, contact fys@ucdavis.edu.