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Learn About Being a TRNS 201 Instructor

TRNS 201 is designed to support transfer students during their first year at UT by focusing on by wellbeing, learning science, and leadership utilizing Seligman’s PERMA model to promote academic and student success. TRNS 201 instructors are ready to connect with their students in and out of the classroom by advocating and supporting them through discussions that encourage self-reflection, critical thinking, and a strength-based approach to navigating the first-year at UT.   

The class is taught by an instructor and supported by undergraduate Peer Mentor to provide a dynamic learning environment.  Resources to assist you in leading TRNS 201 will be provided by First-Year Program’s staff, annual First-Year Program conference, and on-going professional development opportunities.

Application link available at the bottom of the page!

Application Requirements

  • Must have an interest and passion for working with transfer students.
  • Must have a master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.
  • Must be faculty or exempt staff status.
  • Read job description before applying.
  • If selected to teach, an instructor must submit an Instructor Contract, which will be provided by First-Year Programs.

TRNS 201 Instructor Expectations 

  • All instructors must participate in the First-Year Programs Conference. This conference will cover a holistic overview of best practices to support the first-year experience at UT, utilizing peer mentors in the classroom, and enhance understanding of how to use Clifton Strengths in the classroom. During the conference, you will be required to attend TRNS 201 sessions.
  • Attend additional trainings, workshops, and discussions to prepare for TRNS 201.
  • Willingness to accommodate teaching of TRNS 201 seminar beyond the traditional workday. Courses may be in the evenings. We will attempt to accommodate instructor availability. 
  • Commitment to hold a minimum of 13 class meetings during a semester. 
  • Work closely with a peer mentor to provide a dynamic classroom experience.
  • Willingness to connect with your students and to provide established office hours.
  • Incorporate discussions during class surrounding time management, stress management, study strategies and financial management, and more. Resources and trainings will be provided. 
  • Instructors are aware of the diversity of students and work with students to create a safe and collaborative learning environment that allows them to bring their unique experiences, strengths, and ideas to the classroom.


Instructors are compensated $2,000 beginning Fall 2021 for each section they teach, unless their position requires teaching as a part of their university responsibilities.

Want to Apply?

Applications will not be reviewed unless all requirements listed on this page are met. Applications will open in January for Fall 2022.

Apply Here Instructor Job Description

Fall 2022 FYS 101 Instructor Application Timeline:

  • Step 1: Complete the Instructor Application by January 31 at 5PM.
  • Step 2: You will be notified of your application status in mid spring.
  • Step 3: For applicants who have been selected, you will be contacted via email and asked to complete the  Instructor Contract (it will be attached to the email)
  • Step 4: Once the contract is received, the Assistant Director will match you to a section of TRNS 201 and a Peer Mentor
  • Step 5: Instructors and Peer Mentors that have been matched, will receive an email confirming this and the details of the TRNS 201 section you will instruct.
  • Step 6: Consult with your Peer Mentor before the start of classes to complete the instructor/peer mentor agreement form
  • Reminder: Save the date for the First Year Program Conference, May 11th.
  • New instructors are also highly encouraged to attend the Teaching and Learning Innovation conference on March 29th and to review additional new instructor resources here.

Any questions can be directed to Jose Lee-Perez by email