Teach a Seminar

UC Davis First-Year Seminar Atlatl Seminar Demonstration

Teaching a First-Year Seminar

Seminar Proposal Deadlines

  • Fall 2019 - Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Winter 2020 - Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Spring 2020 - Friday, January 10, 2020

Proposal Process

Proposals require a Kerberos login and must be created by the faculty Instructor of Record. Please review the documents below before clicking Start Proposal.

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Every year, Undergraduate Education offers 200 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.

Funding: An Academic Enrichment Fund (AEF) allocation of $2,500 for a one-unit course or $3,000 for a two-unit course is offered for University-related business expenses in support of academic or professional endeavors. These funds cannot be used as additional faculty compensation. Additionally, FYS makes available mini-grants of up to $500 to cover direct course-related expenses for each seminar offering.

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.

Eligibility: Anyone who holds a full-time instructional appointment at UC Davis is eligible to teach 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 can apply for one 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. Instructors describe their intellectual interest and background for teaching a particular seminar in the seminar proposal.

For Post-Docs: Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible to serve as Instructors of Record, nor are they allowed to hold Instructor without Salary positions. 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 policy document.