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The Texas A&M University College of Engineering is recruiting 40 to 50 instructors to support the college’s First Year experience course, CLEN 181: Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar.   


Previously offered as a pilot course to 1,000 first-year engineering students in the fall 2018 and fall 2019 semesters, we are preparing to expand the Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar (CLEN 181) to serve 2,500 engineering students in fall 2020. The College of Engineering’s expansion plan for CLEN 181 is aligned with the university’s Student Success Initiative and movement toward offering a common First Year Experience (FYE) for all First Time in College (FTIC) students at Texas A&M University. Early this year, CLEN 181 was certified as a Hullabaloo U First Year experience course through Texas A&M University’s Office for Student Success. 

About the Course

The Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar (CLEN 181) is a zero-credit seminar that is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. The purpose of the seminar is to welcome first-year engineering students to Texas A&M University and assist with their transition and integration into the College of Engineering. In the seminar, students will be exposed to opportunities and resources available to them during their undergraduate career at Texas A&M University. For your reference, view a sample copy of the course syllabus for fall 2020

Desired Characteristics for Instructors

We are seeking professionals in engineering and/or students affairs who are:

  • committed to advancing the success of students in engineering.
  • comfortable with facilitating engaging, interactive sessions relevant to engineering students’ academic and professional development.
  • invested in forming an engineering community and fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment.
  • willing to serve as a representative of the College of Engineering and an important resource to our first-year engineering students.

Instructor Responsibilities

In accordance with standards established by the university's Office for Student Success, CLEN 181 instructors are responsible for the following:

  • Must commit to serving as an instructor for a semester-long, 0-credit hour transition to college course. Sections are composed of no more than 25 first-year general engineering students and meet weekly for 50 minutes.
  • Facilitate weekly well-organized presentations, class discussions and activities on various topics. Lesson plans, activities and facilitation guides will be available to you. In addition, mandatory content modules for four weeks of the semester will be provided to you by the university's Office for Student Success.
  • Develop a rapport and a safe relationship with new engineering students.
  • Communicate accurate and timely information to students about academic and student resources.
  • Be accessible and willing to assist students as they navigate their first year in engineering, and make referrals to appropriate resources for issues that are beyond your scope of expertise.
  • Abide by all curriculum guidelines such as learning outcomes, required content, etc.
  • Conduct provided assessments and return completed surveys/artifacts to the university's Office for Student Success.
  • Complete required Hullabaloo U training coordinated by the Office for Student Success.
    • Training will be delivered asynchronously with a deadline to complete the training modules by August 14.
    • Training should take less than 4 hours total.
    • For information on training modules, refer to email communication from Meredith Malnar. 
  • Attend a CLEN 181 briefing session led by the College of Engineering:
    • Briefing session is scheduled for August 4 (T) from 9-11 a.m.
    • Due to ongoing social distancing requirements, the briefing session will be held via Zoom. For Zoom meeting information, refer to email communication from Dr. Elissa Morris. 
  • Meet regularly with the peer mentor assigned to your section to coordinate and plan course components.
  • Assist your peer mentor with the development of a learning contract (provided during training) related to their experience and provide them with developmental opportunities within the classroom to fulfill their goals.
  • Receive $500 bursary (per course section) that will be disbursed to your department for your use for professional development. Note: Instructors have the option to facilitate up to two sections of CLEN 181.

Minimum Requirements

Instructors for CLEN 181 must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Status as a current College of Engineering employee (faculty and full-time staff)
  • Have worked at Texas A&M for a minimum of one year (as of Aug. 24, 2020)
  • Completion of required training workshops
  • Approval by the instructor’s supervisor or department head 

The application cycle, to be considered as an instructor for the College of Engineering's First-Year Experience Course (CLEN 181) for Fall 2020, is now closed.

More Information

Thank you for considering this opportunity to play an important role in the success of our first-year engineering students. For additional information or questions, please contact a member of the Coordination Team for the College of Engineering's First Year Experience Course.

Bonnie Bustos-Rios, Director, Engineering Academic Operations -
Elissa Morris, Senior Lecturer, Freshmen Engineering Program -
Andrea M. Ogilvie, Assistant Dean, Student Success -