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Help first-year students succeed

February 27, 2017

Interested in helping first-year students succeed at NIU? Apply to become an UNIV 101/201 educator for fall 2017!

UNIV 101 is a one-credit academic seminar focused on helping first-year students develop the essential skills needed to make an enjoyable and successful transition to NIU. UNIV 201 is a similar course designed specifically for transfer students.

In fall 2016, 67 sections of UNIV 101/201 were offered and 1,249 first-year NIU students enrolled. As an UNIV 101/201 educator, you can impact the experiences of these new students and provide them with resources to help them adjust to life at NIU.

Educators must be a current member of the NIU faculty, staff or administration, hold a master’s degree and have prior college-level teaching experience.

It is highly recommended new educators attend an overview meeting to learn more about the position from First- and Second-Year Experience staff and experienced UNIV educators. Educator Overview Sessions will be held at noon Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 16, in Altgeld Hall room 100.  RSVP to [email protected] with the date you plan to attend. If you are unable to attend due to a prior commitment, contact Shelley Mass at [email protected]. If you have any questions, email [email protected] or call 815-753-0028.

UNIV 101/201 educators typically receive a stipend of $2,000 for teaching an individual section or $1,000 for co-educating the 11-week course. Once hired, all educators are required to attend training workshops, department meetings, and participate in course feedback through email correspondence and surveys. More information will be provided at the overview meetings and in the UNIV 101/201 educator agreement.

The deadline for applications is March 24. Information and application materials are available online.