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Are you interested in supporting UT’s first-year students? First-Year Programs provides a number of teaching and leadership opportunities for interested members of the Volunteer community. From undergraduates to graduates, staff to faculty members, we are proud to have such an active and involved community of mentors for our first-year students.

Teaching FYS 101: The UT Experience

FYS 101 equips students with the skills needed to aim for graduation and success in their field of choice. It is a one-credit course specifically designed to assist with personal and academic adjustment to college life, focusing on increasing student wellbeing, leadership skills, and understanding of learning science. FYS 101 offers opportunities to meet other students and establish support groups with peers, staff, and faculty. In addition, students develop skills to thrive in the classroom and  beyond.

Application Schedule:

  • The application will open in January 10 for Fall 2022.
  • Two spring seminars are offered. Experienced instructors are encouraged to inquire.

Who can teach: UT Faculty, exempt Staff, and graduate students with an earned Master’s degree.

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Teaching FYS 129: Special Topics

FYS 129 is a one-credit, pass/no-credit course that invites students to engage in a selected topic with a tenure or tenure-track faculty member at UT. These seminars have an enrollment maximum of eighteen students, so students and instructors will have a lot of interaction. Students are encouraged to learn, explore, and exchange ideas with first-year students who have similar interests.

Proposal Schedule:

  • March 15 – Deadline for fall semester seminars
  • October 26 – Deadline for spring semester seminars

Who can teach: UT Faculty

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Teaching TRNS 201: Transitioning to Rocky Top

A seamless transition to Rocky Top is critical to the success of our transfer students. This course emphasizes the empowerment of strengths through the development of academic, personal, career exploration, and/or goals. Students enrolled in the course will identify and engage in experiences in and outside of the classroom to foster connection to the institution and development of personal identity as a UT student. This course is open to all transfer students within their first two semesters at the University of Tennessee. Sections are capped at 20 students per section. One credit hour course. Grading Restriction: ABC/N grading only.

Application Schedule:

  • The application will open in January 10 for Fall 2022.
  • Limited sections offered in Spring. Previous experienced TRNS 201 instructors are encouraged to inquire.

Who can teach: UT Faculty and exempt Staff with an earned Master’s degree

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