University of Iowa

Submitting a Proposal

Fall 2018 First-Year Seminar Proposals

We are no longer accepting proposals for the Fall 2018 semester.
Contact Angie Lamb ( if you have questions.

Only instructors who have submitted a proposal will be approved to offer a first-year seminar.
A proposal must be submitted every year,
even if a seminar was approved and offered in a previous semester.


All instructors must gain approval from their DEO or supervisor prior to submitting a proposal.

Executive and Instructional staff may submit a proposal for review.
Merit staff and graduate/teaching assistants are not eligible to teach a FYS.
Your college may have additional requirements.

Research-Focused First-Year Seminars

This year, faculty can elect to have their First Year Seminar be "Research Focused."
Research focused FYS's provide students with an opportunity to learn first hand about the nature and process of university research and creative scholarship going on at the University of Iowa. Research focused FYS's also allow faculty to engage students in asking and answering research and creative questions. Many FYS's already have the structure of a research focused FYS, where faculty share their passion and knowledge of research with students.
Additional information about this option can be found on the proposal form.

For the Fall 2018 semester, successful proposers will receive $2,500 in funds that can be used to support research, teaching, or professional development. Instructors who are unable to receive professional development, teaching, or research funds will be compensated via a salary payment as outlined in their college's FYS dispersion policy. Funds will be distributed to colleges in September 2018 and must be expended by June 30, 2019. Examples of professional development expenditures include work-related travel, equipment purchases, etc.

All purchases are subject to University of Iowa purchasing policies. Items purchased with FYS funds become property of the University. More information can be found in the UI Operations Manual or by calling the Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Travel Department at (319) 335-0115.