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Part-Time Faculty: First Year Seminar Fall 2023

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Type: Part-time
Campus: Mount Carmel - Hamden, CT
Categories: Faculty

Overview: Quinnipiac University invites individuals interested in teaching the First-Year Seminar (FYS) course to submit applications electronically. Quinnipiac’s First Year Seminar incorporates much student-centered pedagogy, such as class discussion, peer-catalysts, student oral presentations, and historical role-playing simulations.
About the School/Program: The First-Year Seminar (FYS) course at Quinnipiac University is an interdisciplinary seminar that examines a complex problem, an enduring question, or a new idea based on the instructor’s disciplinary or professional expertise. All FYS sections should be intellectually challenging but appropriate to first-year students coming from all of the schools and college of QU. The course should draw upon disciplinary sources but should be more general than an introductory course in a specific discipline (e.g., Media Studies 101 or Sociology 101). And every course should include multiple (ideally two or three) disciplinary perspectives on the complex problem, enduring question, or new idea that the course explores.
About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review's The Best 380 Colleges. Quinnipiac has been named a Great College to Work For as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University's innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.

Quinnipiac’s First Year Seminar incorporates much student-centered pedagogy, such as class discussion, peer-catalysts, student oral presentations, and historical role-playing simulations. FYS faculty should also expect to participate in faculty development in the late spring or early summer of 2023. With respect to learning outcomes, as a result of this course students will:

  1. Improve their proficiencies in academic reading and writing.
  2. Enhance their ability to think critically.
  3. Cultivate their ability to deliver oral presentations.
  4. Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the similarities and differences of perspectives and people in our society.
  5. Reflect on and explain the relationship between Quinnipiac University and the various communities of which it is a part.
Education Requirements:
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree is required. 
  • A doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline is preferred.
  • Teaching experience at the university level is preferred
  • Commitment to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications to teach in Quinnipiac’s First-Year Seminar must include the following information in the cover letter, along with a current CV.

Proposed FYS course title (no more than 5-8 words) in the form of an exciting or intriguing question.

  1. What is the specific complex problem, enduring question, or new idea that your course will examine?
  2. What different disciplinary lenses will your course use to explore its problem, question, or idea? What study or experience has prepared you to teach material from these different disciplines?
  3. What specific course materials (e.g., required readings, textbook, films) will you incorporate into the course?
  4. How will your course meet the five program-wide Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) listed above?
  5. If your course proposal is accepted, how many sections of FYS would you like to teach in Fall 2023?

Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. If you have any questions about the application process or would like a sample FYS syllabus or a copy of the FYS course description, please contact FYS program director Nicholas Nicholson ( 

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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