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The Texas A&M University College of Engineering is recruiting 50 to 60 instructors to support the college’s First Year experience course, CLEN 181: Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar.   

Background

We are preparing to offer the  Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar (CLEN 181) to serve 2,500 first-year engineering students in fall 2021. Formally launched in 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. CLEN 181 is 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.
  • For NEW instructors: 
    • Complete/attend the Hullabaloo U New Instructor Workshop coordinated by the Office for Student Success. Training will be offered as online modules to complete at one's own pace OR as a four-hour in-person workshop offered on May 6, 14, or 21 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. (lunch provided). In lieu of attending the in-person workshop, online training modules will be released in mid-May and must be complete by the 1st class day of Fall 2021.
    • Training should take less than four hours total.
    • For information on future training, refer to the OSS website
  • For NEW and RETURNING instructors:
    • Attend the Hullabaloo U All Instructor Symposium on May 10, 2021 (8:30 a.m. - noon) led by the Office for Student Success. Instructors have the option to attend online or in person. Complete your RSVP for the Symposium by Monday, May 3. For more information on the All Instructor Symposium, refer to the OSS website.
  • Attend a CLEN 181 instructor briefing session led by the College of Engineering on June 8 (T) from 9-11am.  We will host the instructor briefing session online.
  • 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. 30, 2021)
  • Completion of required training workshops
  • Approval by the instructor’s supervisor or department head 

If interested, please complete our brief application by May 15 to be considered as an instructor for the College of Engineering's First-Year Experience Course (CLEN 181).

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.

Elissa Morris, Senior Lecturer, First-Year Engineering Program -  elissam@tamu.edu (lead for Instructor questions)
Brynn A. Ruiz, Academic Advisor III, General Engineering - brynnruiz@tamu.edu (lead for Peer Mentor questions)
Bonnie Bustos-Rios, Director, Engineering Academic Operations -   bbrios@tamu.edu
Andrea M. Ogilvie, Assistant Dean, Student Success -  aogilvie@tamu.edu