UNIV 101

Students in class

University 101

University 101 is KU’s in-person orientation seminar. In this class, you'll complete activities that extend beyond the classroom, such as touring iconic campus locations, investigating options for you to get involved, and exploring all the resources available to you. In the course, students will:

  • Learn to navigate KU.
    • You’ll set academic, personal, and wellness goals.
    • You’ll explore campus resources that will ease your transition and help you reach your goals.
    • You’ll develop your academic skills.
  • Find your people.
    • You’ll develop connections with peers, faculty, and staff.
    • You’ll become a part of our campus community through our shared Jayhawk Values.
  • Make the most of your time here.
    • You’ll investigate experiential learning opportunities like undergraduate research, study abroad, service learning, and internships.

UNIV 101 instructors play a pivotal role in the first-year experience by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students. They serve as a teacher, an advocate, an encourager, a tour guide, and a resource to students. Interested in being a UNIV 101 instructor in Fall 2024? Please read the information below and complete an application by Tuesday, April 30th.

  • Must be a full-time non-exempt employee at KU (required so overload compensation can be provided)
  • Master’s Degree completed by August 2024 (HLC requirement)
  • Must have supervisor approval
  • Available to teach the entire semester
  • Experience working with a diverse group of college students
  • Knowledgeable about campus resources, activities, and opportunities
  • Experience teaching in a classroom or online course (preferred requirement)
  • Teaching or co-teaching a 2-credit hour section of UNIV 101 (course meets twice-per-week for 50 minutes)
  • Leading discussion on academic skills, campus resources, experiential learning, and the transition to college
  • Consulting with students outside of regular classroom hours during regularly scheduled office hours or upon request
  • Following the curriculum as designed and completing required assessment activities (e.g. student and instructor surveys)
  • Using UNIV 101 Canvas shell and publishing Canvas site two weeks prior to the start of class
  • Evaluating, grading, and providing feedback on assignments
  • Attending instructor development sessions prior to Fall semester  [first week of August] and 3-4 periodic instructor development sessions during the semester
  • Communicating with First-Year Course Coordinator with requests to modify the course schedule
  • Instructors will teach two 50-minute classes per week for an entire semester
  • Typically, instructors spend 3 hours preparing and grading outside of class
  • Instructors attend one 3-hour training prior to the start of the semester and 3-4 one hour trainings during the semester.

Please complete an application by Monday, April 8th. The application requires you to upload a resume.

If you taught UNIV 101 in the Fall 2023 semester, you do not need to complete this application. Instead email Chelsea Lantz-Cashman (fys@ku.edu) expressing your interest, noting your supervisor's name, and your time/day preference for teaching.