University of Iowa

Fall 2019 First-Year Seminar Proposal Submission Form

Instructor Information
Please select the instructor's anticipated primary classification as of July 1, 2016. Please note, merit staff and Graduate/Teaching Assistants are not allowed to teach a first-year seminar.
Instructors must receive DEO/supervisor approval prior to submitting a FYS proposal. If you have not yet received approval, you must do so before proceeding. By checking this box, you agree that your DEO or supervisor has approved your proposal.
Complete this section only if this seminar will be co-taught. Note- if the same seminar will be taught in multiple sections by various instructors, you must fill out separate proposal forms for each section/instructor.
Department Information
Please list your DEO or supervisor's email address.
If known, please enter the uiowa email address of your departmental/unit administrator or business manager.
If known, please enter the uiowa email address of the person in your department or unit who will be responsible for scheduling your course in Maui.
If necessary, please enter the email address of anyone else in your department who will need to be made aware of this course, should your proposal be approved.
Course Information
You will be contacted by the Honors Program if your course is approved as an Honors seminar. Even if you taught your course as an Honors seminar in the past, this does not guarantee that it will be selected again this year.
Instructional/Executive Staff: Select University College, unless you have received prior approval to offer the course through another college. All: If your college or unit is unable to offer undergraduate courses, you should select University College.
If your department or unit is not listed, please contact angela-lamb@uiowa.edu. If you select "Other" please provide some additional details in the "Course Justification" section.
If your department or unit is not listed please contact angela-lamb@uiowa.edu.
If your department or unit is not listed please contact angela-lamb@uiowa.edu.
If your department or unit is not listed please contact angela-lamb@uiowa.edu.
Please note- Honors should NOT be selected unless you have received prior approval. Honors seminars will be selected after all proposals have been submitted. Select College Success Initiatives if your course should be offered through General University College. If your department or unit is not listed please contact angela-lamb@uiowa.edu.
Please include the name of your department. Note that the department you list must be able to offer undergraduate courses. Otherwise, you should select University College and offer your course through College Success Initiatives.
Please include the name of your department. Note that the department you list must be able to offer undergraduate courses. Otherwise, you should select University College and offer your course through College Success Initiatives.
Please include the name of your department. Note that the department you list must be able to offer undergraduate courses. Otherwise, you should select University College and offer your course through College Success Initiatives.
The course title will be First-Year Seminar. The subtitle is the title of your proposed section.
Please provide a course description that is appropriate for high school seniors (a maximum of 1500 characters, which is about 300 words). Your description should include information on how you will assess students' learning, including graded and non-graded assignments. The description should also be appropriate for using as the course description on MyUI. The most successful descriptions convey your enthusiasm for the topic, outline the learning objectives and describe how students will be assessed. You may wish to consult examples of successful descriptions in past First-Year Seminar listings on MyUI, or contact Jean Florman (jean-florman@uiowa.edu) in the Center for Teaching, to discuss learning objectives and assessment in First-Year Seminars.
Please provide additional information (only a few sentences are necessary) about your course and what makes it appropriate for a First-Year Seminar. How does this topic contribute to the goals and objectives of First-Year Seminars? How will it contribute to students' academic careers?
Research Themed First-Year Seminars

Consider turning your First Year Seminar into a "Research-Focused" course. Research-focused FYS's provide students with an opportunity to learn first hand about the nature and process of university research and creative scholarship 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.

If you would like your proposal to be considered as a "Research Focused" FYS (and be eligible for additional student research funding - see below for details), please note this on the application form. In your research focused FYS course, you should plan to include the following research-focused strategies: • define for students what research is in the context of your own work or your FYS topic • describe the research methodology you use in your research or creative practice • with your guidance, students should develop a research question • as part of the FYS, students visit a research site, either on or off campus The following are suggestions for additional research-focused strategies to use in your FYS course: • Students present their research questions in groups and their proposed methodology for addressing the question • Students learn about the best practices in mentorship (both being a mentee and being a mentor) At the conclusion of the course, you will be allowed to select one or two students from your seminar to receive an ICRU Fellowship for the Spring 2019 semester ($500 to $1,000 in student support). If you are already mentoring an ICRU Fellow, this would be additional student support.
Syllabus

Your proposal must include a syllabus (a draft version is okay). Uploaded files should be in .pdf or .doc format.

Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.