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First Seminar Program Instructor Resources

Courses for Fall or Spring in the Next Academic Year

Course commitments for the following academic year will be collected in November:

  • FYS course proposals for all 21-22 courses will be due December 1, 2020.
  • NEW in 2021: about 50 sections will be offered in the fall and 50 sections in the spring. Students will take the FYS after they have satisfied the WRI 102 requirement (placement test or taking the course).
  • Planning for the entire academic year is necessary to adequately staff fall and spring sections with full-time faculty and staff/adjunct instructors.
  • Full-time faculty should discuss teaching interests with their chair and dean prior to submitting a commitment form. All full-time faculty wanting to teach an FSP must will out the form, but new course proposals will submit more information.
  • TCNJ staff should discuss FYS teaching with your supervisor prior to submitting a request.
  • All staff and adjunct instructors need to fill out the same Qualtrics form, but returning courses will submit less information. Before filling out the form, have your CV ready and an outline of your course content and major assignments.
  • See “what all FYSs need” above to start thinking about your course.
  • You will need a clear course title and student-friendly course description. See past examples in the FYS Course List.
2021-22 FYS course forms

Course Funding

Information for Travel and Supplies

  • Fill out the form to request travel, speaker, or supply funding prior to August 12.
  • All travel requires a faculty travel form and student waiver forms. Make sure to have your students do the waiver while in class with you so that all the event information is listed correctly.
  • Any material that you require of students must be clearly stated in the syllabus.
  • There is a small FSP Instructor supply budget, use the form on the right to request supplies before the semester starts.
  • All receipts must be submitted to

Funding Request & Forms

Preparing your course

Extensive course preparation materials are available in the FYS Instructor Canvas training. Confirmed instructors can request access to these training materials by emailing .

Submit your final syllabus to by September 15!

Each FYS syllabus should clearly state the FYS learning goals and writing learning goals.

If you are meeting a Civic Responsibility, your content learning goals should show clear evidence that you are meeting the Liberal Learning Outcomes for Civic Responsibility classes. See the following link:

Download Sample Syllabi Resources

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Workshop Materials

All of the May 14, 2019 workshop materials are saved in the shared drive.

The 2020 Workshop was entirely online through Canvas and Zoom.

Download Workshop Materials

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Extra Info for Teaching the FYS

Extra Info for Teaching the FYS

  • FYS Canvas Shell: example for how to set up Canvas to have assignments with rubrics
  • Academic Integrity: slides and instructions for the Canvas Modules for your information as needed; remind your students to complete the Academic Integrity modules in their NSO site by Sept 6.
  • Community Learning: CLD card shows the schedule of events for Community Learning Day on Sept. 4. All FYS students should attend at least one event. Make sure to promote this in your class.
  • Liberal Learning: power point and 082219 memo from Kit Murphy remind you that you are an important part of the Liberal Learning experience for our students.
  • Inclusive teaching practices help many students and do not harm the “go getters”. See this Chronicle of Higher Ed Article for a few strategies: Want to reach all of your students?
  • Students might need guidance in how to communicate with you effectively. See:
Download FSP Extra Info

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