University of Iowa

Submitting a Proposal

Fall 2020 First-Year Seminar Proposals

We are now accepting First-Year Seminar proposals for Fall 2020.
Proposals are due on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Click here to submit your proposal.

All Instructors Please Note: New This Year 
Changes Effective for Fall 2020 Proposals

  • Instructors should review the Four Pillars of a First-Year Seminar prior to submitting a proposal. You will need to provide a short course justification that speaks to how your proposed seminar aligns with these pillars.

  • Effective for the Fall 2020 semester, all First-Year Seminar instructors are expected to attend an informational session during each spring semester (after proposals have been approved) as well as an enrichment session at the start of each fall semester. These sessions create opportunities to share relevant information with and among all instructors and contribute to a more meaningful and consistent First-Year Seminar experience. You will select a spring 2020 session that you plan to attend as part of the proposal process. Instructors who are unable to attend any of the scheduled spring sessions will be asked to meet with Academic Support and Retention staff individually. 

  • Additional guidance on development of a First-Year Seminar can be found on the Attributes of a First-Year Seminar webpage.


First-Year Seminars are funded by and administered through the Office of the Provost in collaboration with University College and Academic Support and Retention. Questions about First-Year Seminars can be directed to Angie Lamb, Assistant Director in Academic Support and Retention.