New Instructors

Each fall, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences welcomes more than 3,000 first-term students to our campus. In order to introduce new students to the academic life of the Dietrich School, First-Year Programs offers Academic Foundations, a one-credit orientation course.

This important course empowers our new students and enhances their experiences, keeps instructors aware of the changing student body, and engages all of us in the mission of the Dietrich School. Committed instructors play a crucial role in the success of this course.

Students enroll for the course on an S/NC course basis; enrollment is limited to 19 students per section. The class meets one day a week for 50 minutes, for 12 weeks.

Academic Foundations:

  • Initiates students to the academic demands of studying in the liberal arts within a large research University.
  • Familiarizes them with the cultural life of the campus and city.

Each instructor teaching Academic Foundations receives:

  • An undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) who has been extensively trained for the position.
  • Course materials provided online and on CourseWeb.
  • Orientation to the course and its resources during a mandatory summer workshop.
  • Compensation of $1,000 paid in two equal installments in October and November.

For more information or to participate, contact First-Year Programs.