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Faculty of Arts

First Year Seminar Application Form 2014-2015

published: 23-Jul-2012    PDF (171kb)    2014-15_FYS_Application_Form.pdf

Laurier’s Faculty of Arts
First Year Seminars – Application and Selection Process

We are currently in our second year of offering Faculty of Arts First Year Seminars (AF101). These are small (cap: 22 students) seminar-based courses available to first-year students on a first-come, first-served basis. They’re meant to get students academically engaged, and they offer faculty members another venue to teach creatively and explore new topics. The 2013-14 seminar topics can be found on the First Year Seminars page.

The Faculty of Arts can support at least 20 seminars in 2014-2015, distributed over the Fall and Winter terms. All full-time, tenure-track FOA faculty may submit an application to teach one, including those who have already taught or are currently teaching a first year seminar.

A selection committee, comprised of the Dean, the two Associate Deans, and two members of the Dean’s Advisory Council (Chairs or Coordinators), will review all applications. The committee will assess the proposals in terms of their pedagogical strengths, and will select seminars with an eye to equitable distribution across all departments and programs in the faculty. The selection process will be complete prior to staffing submissions in the Fall.  

Should you wish to apply to teach one of these courses, please include the following (on the attached form):

A brief outline describing the course.
Course objectives and methods of evaluation.
The assignment structure of the course, with deadlines indicated.
Working bibliography of readings.

If you’ve already taught AF101, or will be teaching it this year, and would like to be considered to teach the same course again, simply attach a copy of your syllabus, and/or your previous application.

Please note that these first year seminars are intended to provide students with an intensive learning experience over the course of the term that leads to the acquisition of core academic skills in research, writing and communication. Course materials such as readings and assignments should reflect this goal. In preparing your proposal give your colleagues on the selection committee enough information about the nature of your course, and the way you expect to teach it, to allow them to appreciate its pedagogical strengths.

Please direct your questions, and applications, to the Associate Dean: Research and Curriculum: Michel Desjardins,

updated September 16/13