The FYE 101: Succeed at the G program is designed to help new students transition successfully to academic and student life at UNC Greensboro. Students will connect with the UNCG community, campus resources, and opportunities, while developing skills essential for academic success, and begin their journey to discover their own purpose and potential at the G.
FYE 101: Succeed at the G is a two-credit, 15-week transition seminar for new first-year and transfer students in their first semester at UNC Greensboro. This course gives students the opportunity to explore personal development opportunities, gain skills essential to academic success, and discover and connect with their new community. Additionally, the Keker Common Experience is incorporated into the FYE 101: Succeed at the G curriculum to provide students with a holistic student success program consisting of a success guide, a series of collaborative programs throughout the academic year focused on student success, and a visit to campus from the creator of the success guide. Each FYE 101: Succeed at the G section is led by a FYE Instructor and a Peer Academic Leader (PAL). Class sizes are capped at 25 students to allow for a discussion-driven environment where every student plays an active role in their learning experience.
FYE 101: Succeed at the G is designed to address the key transition points that first-year and transfer students encounter throughout their first year at UNC Greensboro while framing the information relative to the student population.
There are three student learning objectives tied to FYE 101: Succeed at the G, all of which are intended to help students connect today and excel tomorrow. The learning outcomes are achieved through meaningful assignments, readings, and in-class discussions and activities. For more information, view a sample syllabus.
- Connect with the UNC Greensboro Community
As a result of this course, students will…
- Form strong social connections by developing positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty to develop a sense of belonging
- Understand the vast array of support services and resources available and experience meaningful exposure and use of these resources
- Build an affinity for UNC Greensboro through engagement and understanding of the university’s mission and vision, history, traditions, and values
- Foster Academic Success
As a result of this course, students will…
- Learn academic skills and techniques that lead to developing successful college students and maximizing academic success
- Engage with campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their learning and success both within and beyond the classroom
- Use critical thinking and critical reflection skills to improve academic performance
- Engage in Personal Development
As a result of this course, students will…
- Explore their sense of purpose, meaning, and direction as they begin their college experience
- Practice self-reflection and self-exploration
- Connect personal interests, values, and strengths with potential academic majors, goals, and career paths
We want FYE instructors to have an experience that is just as rewarding for them as it is for their students. Here are some statistics that show the impact of our FYE Instructors:
- 96.9% of FYE Instructors believe they benefit from serving in this role
- 95% of students believe their FYE Instructor demonstrates excellence in teaching
- 87.9% of FYE Instructors would recommend this role to a colleague
FYE Instructors benefit by engaging in the following aspects of their position:
- Teaching a thought-provoking curriculum that furthers student growth
- Developing relationships with new undergraduate students
- Mentoring Peer Academic Leaders
- Facilitating classroom conversations about important topics
- Building a community of learners with campus colleagues
- Developing an awareness and understanding of first-year students and classroom dynamics that can be brought back to their department
- Compensation is provided based on your academic qualifications and department. Please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, for more information.
FYE Instructors take on responsibilities both inside and outside of the classroom. The time commitment may fluctuate based on the week, but instructors can expect the following responsibilities:
- Teaching and facilitating class, twice a week for one hour each class
- Lesson planning and preparing for class
- Grading assignments and providing timely and appropriate feedback
- Providing ongoing student support by answering emails, meeting with them outside of class, etc.
- Supporting and mentoring your PAL
- Actively engaging and learning with your fellow FYE Instructors through ongoing development opportunities
FYE Instructors are expected to partake in the following professional development opportunities:
- FYE Instructor Pre-Institute, April 28th 8:30am-4:30 pm (new FYE Instructors only)
- FYE Instructor and PAL Meet and Greet, April 28th 4:30pm-6:30 pm
- FYE Instructor Institute, May 12th and 13th 8:30am-4:30 pm
- FYE Instructor Fall Kick-Off, August 11th Time TBD
- Keker Speaker Visit, Date and Time TBD
- Weekly 1 hour meetings with their PAL
- Bi-weekly development with FYE Instructors, Fridays 11:00am-12:00 pm
- While FYE Instructors are welcome to attend all bi-weekly developments, they are required to attend at least one per month
In addition to the commitments for all FYE Instructors above, FYE Instructors currently pursuing a graduate degree are also expected to participate in:
- Graduate School Teaching Assistant Training, August 10th Time TBD
- Class observation with Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, 1-2 times throughout the fall semester
- Shadowing at least one class session of another FYE instructor
- Participation in FYE Instructor mentoring program
- Bi-weekly meetings with fellow FYE Instructors pursuing a graduate degree, Fall Semester Dates and Times TBD
- FYE Instructors pursuing a graduate degree are required to attend all of the bi-weekly FYE Instructor developments listed above
We welcome anyone who is interested in serving as an FYE Instructor to apply; however, we do have a standard set of qualifications for this position:
If you are a UNC Greensboro staff or faculty member interested in becoming an FYE Instructor, below are the requirements for consideration:
- Full-time employment status
- A master’s degree from a relevant field
- Approval from your direct supervisor
If you are a UNC Greensboro graduate student interested in becoming an FYE Instructor, below are the requirements for consideration:
- Enrollment in one of the following graduate programs: Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Counseling and Educational Development, or Teacher Education
- 18 program credit hours completed by the time of instruction
- Approval from a direct supervisor, if holding a graduate assistantship or teaching assistant position
If you are a graduate student interested in being an FYE Instructor but do not meet all of the requirements above, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at email@example.com about the possibility of serving as a co-instructor.
The FYE Instructor application for the fall 2020 semester is LIVE! Please review the information above before applying, and click on the link below that best fits your professional status.
- Returning FYE Instructor (served as an FYE Instructor of record between 2018-2020):
- New FYE Instructor (never served as an FYE Instructor of record):
- FYE Instructor Pursuing a Graduate Degree (for all graduate students, regardless of previous FYE 101 Instructor experience):
Application Deadline: March 19, 2020
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Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) primarily serve first-year students as advocates, teaching assistants, and mentors in a section of the FYE 101: Succeed at the G course. This course aims to equip students with the tools and resources to be successful in college. PALs have the distinct leadership opportunity to help the students in their class section transition to college, get connected to campus resources, and establish a sense of belonging here at UNC Greensboro!
PALs love helping new students transition to UNC Greensboro. Their roles add such value to the FYE 101: Succeed at the G experience!
- 95%……..of students believed that their PAL genuinely cared about them as a student
- 100%…..of PALs had a positive experience and would recommend the position
- 97%…….of PALs reported having a positive relationship with their FYE Instructor
- 97%…….of PALs reported having a high level of satisfaction in their role
- 100%……of PALs agreed that they were properly equipped to do their jobs well
If you are interested in being a PAL in the future, please visit our webpage to learn more about the position.
Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the PAL program. Please contact Mackenzie Winslow of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Lindsay Davis, First Year Experience Graduate Assistant
“The Natural” award is for a first-time FYE Instructor who went above and beyond in their role, and served as a shining example of what the position can be at its best, and this award winner is no exception, as several of her nominators, both FYE Instructors and PALs alike, believe she is an example of what a great FYE Instructor should be and I could not agree more. According to the individuals who nominated her, she took the role on with “dedication and focus”. Another nominator commented that “the FYE Instructor role is much more than just standing in front of a classroom and planning lessons. It is taking time to establish a culture of care, it is building a true partnership with your PAL, it is actually investing in your students… she did this and so much more”. It is clear Lindsay Davis created a warm, supportive, and meaningful classroom environment.
Dr. Lake’ Laosebikan-Buggs, Co-Curricular Initiatives Administrator for Student Affairs
“The Expert” award is for a returning FYE Instructor who went above and beyond in their role, and served as a shining example of what the position can be at its best. With numerous nominations from her peers, it is evident this FYE Instructor had an impact both inside and outside of the classroom, as they described her as a “great support system”. One nominator went on to say “in our professional development sessions, she consistently gave great advice and displayed a passion for her teaching and a commitment to both her students and PAL”. It’s no surprise that this Dr. Buggs was able to connect with others as she “always took time to talk to new instructors about advice and experiences. She was always willing to discuss, lend an ear, and give advice… her input was always so valuable and helpful.”
Hailey Paivanas, Sophomore, Public Health
The “Lead by Example” award is for a PAL whose actions speak louder than words. This PAL may be either an out-in-front or a behind-the-scenes leader, but regardless, their presence is felt in and out of the classroom and they are known for their quality work. According to one of her nominators, Hailey “always shows her leadership through a silent method. She is strong, benevolent, and thoughtful.” Another nominator wrote “she has such a great heart and that’s a huge part of being a PAL – having passion. She went out of her way so many times to help her students, along with helping other PALs that needed her help.” Her FYE Instructor described Hailey as “ALL IN for our students” and went on to say “adopted our “culture of care” by taking the time to listen to their stories and was always available to them when they needed her. Most importantly, she role modeled what it means to be an academically successful, engaging, and caring UNCG student!”
2019-2020 “Helping Hand” PAL Award
Mikala Hopson, Senior, English Major
The “Helping Hand” award is for a PAL who consistently demonstrates a solid work ethic, proactively seeks out opportunities to help others, and is a true team player at heart. According to her nominators, Mikala “chimes in with helpful tips all the time, she follows through with her commitments, and is definitely a team player” One nominator wrote “as a new PAL, she provided a lot of support and encouragement that is traditionally seen in returners during Small Groups”.
Lex Lee, Senior, Social Work
According to one nominator, Lex “worked really hard this past fall, while bringing a fun and welcoming attitude to class… she took initiative and was always so intentional about her role.” Her peers described her impact as stating “The PAL program this year would have not been the same without her, as she was an instrumental part in the organization, participation, and passion of what a PAL should be.” Another nominator wrote “I literally cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more. She took on two FYE class this past fall, has now taught every type of FYE class and student population here, and served as PAL Captain. She is clearly committed to the role and program”. Other words used to describe this PAL were “liaison”, “ambassador”, and that “her passion is contagious”.
2019-2020 “Spartan Spirit” PAL Award
Brian Garcia, Junior, Kinesiology
The “Spartan Spirit” award is for a PAL who is committed to the FYE 101: Succeed at the G program, committed to student transition and success at UNCG, and embodies what it means to be a Spartan. According to his nominators, Brian “certainly embodies what it means to be a Spartan and is committed to transition programs at UNCG”. Words such as “extremely committed, always excited, wanting to help, spirit, encouragement, and character” were mentioned. One nominator went on to say, “he works hard to make students feel welcomed, ensure they know about the resources available to them, and maximizes their experience while they are here.”
MY PAL MADE ME FEEL AT EASE & A PART OF THE UNIVERSITY VERY QUICKLY. BEING A FIRST GENERATION STUDENT, TRANSITIONING INTO COLLEGE LIFE WAS A LITTLE HARD & CHALLENGING BUT SEEING HOW [RELATABLE] MY PAL WAS & HOW SHE WAS WILLING TO TALK TO US & GIVE US ADVICE ON THE OVERALL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. I… TO REPRESENT THE FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS, BECAUSE I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT & EMBARRASSING IT IS TO ASK PEOPLE BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT COLLEGE, & I WANT TO SHOW STUDENTS LIKE ME THAT IT IS NOT EMBARRASSING OR DIFFICULT TO ASK QUESTIONS TO LEARN BECAUSE THAT IS WHY WE ARE IN SCHOOL.
MY EXPERIENCE AS A STUDENT LEADER SINGLE-HANDEDLY CHANGED MY CAREER TRAJECTORY. I AM INCREDIBLY PASSIONATE ABOUT SUPPORTING STUDENT LEADERS, AND [WANT TO] HELP A PAL RECOGNIZE THE CAREER POTENTIAL OF THIS POSITION. MY HOPE IS TO ASK MY PAL TO IDENTIFY THEIR AREAS OF SKILL, AND ANY SKILL GAPS THAT THEY'D LIKE TO FILL, AND ALLOW THEM TO SHINE IN THIS ROLE… I WOULD WANT MY PAL TO FEEL LIKE A TRUE PARTNER WITH ME IN THIS ADVENTURE!
I want to help new students find their place at UNCG and take advantage of the amazing resources, programs, jobs, and events it has to offer. I want to make sure their first year at UNCG is the best it can be. I want to be a PAL because I want the new students to love UNCG as much as I do.
CREATING AN INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS COURSE. WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME, WE ALL WANT AND NEED DIFFERENT THINGS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, SO "ONE-SIZE FITS ALL" WILL NOT APPLY. I AM COMMITTED TO CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO LOOK AT THIS EXPERIENCE THROUGH MULTIPLE CONTEXTUAL LENS, AS THEIR INSTRUCTOR, I WILL CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE MYSELF TO DO THE SAME WE WELCOME DIVERSITY IN ALL FORMS, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE NEED TO "BELONG" IS SO IMPORTANT IN ALL OUR LIVES.
Dr. Lake' Laosebikan-Buggs
I want to be able to share my experience by sharing what I have learned helping other new students find their path earlier on. Something as simple as just being a friend or lending a helping hand if they do not have one. It only takes one person to make an impact on someone's life, and that's what happened to me. After one UNCG upperclassmen reached out to me, my college experience completely changed! I hope to do that with others. I also want to be able to give tips on how to build connections with professors and how to succeed in class.
Not only did the content that we discussed in class greatly impacted my college experience, but so did my FYE Instructor and PAL. The material really helped me adjust and reach out on campus and I grew close with my FYE Instructor as well as my PAL! This made me feel more comfortable during my transition to college!
FYE 101 Student
The biggest takeaway from this class was the huge amount of resources here at the school. It proves that success is at our fingertips, we just have to take it.
FYE 101 Student
I feel more comfortable in my skin as a result of FYE 101. I was able to speak with different people about my perspective, while also expanding my views about the world.
FYE 101 Student
Every resource I’ve learned from FYE 101, I’ve passed onto my friends. They’ve told me that they wish they could’ve gotten the same information as I did. So I would most definitely recommend the class, as it gives an essential understanding in order to be successful at UNCG.
FYE 101 Student
FYE 101 Student
I was able to gain insight on different resources around campus to help with my transition to the G. In class, we also talked a lot of character strengths and weaknesses and I was able to start working on some of my weaknesses, in order to begin the process of transforming into the best version of myself. I also enjoyed meeting people in class who were going through similar challenges that I was because we were able to help each other out. We also got to experience things not every freshman was able to and learn advantages and smart habits we can take and utilize throughout my college years and even when I’m in my career.