Here is a list of questions often asked related to teaching in the FWIS program.
FWIS courses offer instructors an exciting opportunity to interact with the university’s newest students in an intimate, seminar-style atmosphere on a topic of the instructor’s choosing. Many students cite their FWIS as one of their favorite classes during their first year, and often enroll in their FWIS instructor’s other courses. Additionally, the PWC provides extensive pedagogical support/training that benefits instructors beyond their teaching in the FWIS program.
In November a call goes out on PRES-FAC for new FWIS course proposals for the next academic year. Course proposals are due in mid-December. (Note that the deadline for graduate students' FWIS course proposals occurs in the spring semester.)
All new FWIS course proposals are discussed by a committee composed of tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty from the Program in Writing and Communication and its Faculty Advisory Board. Proposals are also reviewed by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. This process ensures that FWIS courses are content-driven, communication-intensive, rigorous, and appropriate for first-year students. If you would like to discuss your proposal ideas before submitting, please contact Dr. Dave Messmer, FWIS Director.
My department has a large 100- or 200-level survey class. Can I teach an independent section of this course as a FWIS?
Yes. It will require a new course number under the FWIS designation. FWIS courses cannot be cross-listed. The course also will have to meet the communication-intensive learning goals of the FWIS program.
If I decide to teach a FWIS instead of a departmental course, will my department be compensated to hire a replacement instructor?
Replacement funding for core departmental courses is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
We welcome your repeated participation in the seminar, though you are eligible to receive the stipend only once.