Loyola University Chicago

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Teach UNIV 101/201

Application Form

Priority consideration for fall 2024 UNIV Instructors has passed, but we are still accepting submissions on a rolling basis until the end of the spring semester. Please complete the above application by March 1, 2024 at 11:59PM.

For any questions, please contact Mustafa Anwar, Assistant Director for First Year Initatives at manwar4@luc.edu 




UNIV 101 is a 1-credit, required, pass/no pass, extended-orientation seminar for first-year students.   

UNIV 201 is a 1-credit, elective, letter-graded, extended-orientation seminar for new transfer students.  

These courses provide new students with the information and support that they need, when they need it – and when they are ready for it – as they transition to academic and student life at Loyola. Both classes meet for 50 minutes per week for the 15-week fall semester. Faculty or staff instructors and an undergraduate Peer Advisor co-teach the course. Class size is small (22 students or fewer) and taught in an active, discussion-driven learning environment. Most sections are comprised of general students, but some are organized by major, program, or identity to tailor the content of the course to meet the needs of the students enrolled. 

As a result of engaging in UNIV 101/201, students will be able to:  

  1. Create an academic and co-curricular plan to make the most of their experience at Loyola. 
  1. Choose resources and opportunities on- and off-campus, that help them achieve their academic, social, personal wellbeing, and career goals. 
  1. Describe how the Jesuit mission of Loyola University Chicago, and the City of Chicago, influence their experience at Loyola. 


Training, resources, and support are provided to ensure that UNIV 101/201 Instructors have a successful experience teaching the course and find it to be a valuable professional development experience that positively affects their work at Loyola. In addition to the many intrinsic benefits of teaching UNIV, NSP will provide each campus partner instructor a $1,000 honorarium for teaching the course.  

UNIV 101/201 Instructors will participate in the following professional development opportunities:  

  • New Instructor Training April 2, 10:00AM - 2:30PM  
  • Teaching Team Touchbase Meeting; Scheduled by Peer Advisor(s) to UNIV Instructor
  • Ongoing Virtual Training Development Once a month Summer 2024
  • UNIV Curriculum Conference   July/August 2024
  • Fall Planning Lunch August 19 or August 22 at 12PM
  • New Student Convocation, Friday August 23  
  • Weekly meetings with their Peer Advisor during the fall semester (day & time TBD by teaching team) 
  • Meetings with other instructors during the fall semester (optional, days & times TBD) 

UNIV 101/201 instructors should expect to spend 3-5 hours a week preparing for, and facilitating, UNIV 101/201 during the fall semester. This includes:  

  • Preparing lesson plans and facilitating class meetings 
  • Mentoring, meeting, and planning with an undergraduate Peer Advisor 
  • Evaluating and providing feedback on student work in a timely manner 
  • Actively supporting first-year student success within and outside of the classroom (includes in person and/or electronic communication with students) 
  • Attending meetings, sharing ideas, and troubleshooting issues with other Instructors 


This unique professional development opportunity has many benefits, which include:  

  • Enhancing group facilitation and teaching skills 
  • Engaging with and mentoring undergraduate students
  • Developing positive relationships with students over the course of the semester and beyond 
  • Being part of a team of instructors from across campus 
  • Building relationships with, and learning from, campus colleagues 
  • Facilitating classroom conversations around important topics relevant to first-year students 
  • Bringing a richer understanding of first-year students, and an awareness of classroom dynamics, back to your department/unit 


University faculty and staff interested in supporting first-year students and teaching a first-year seminar are encouraged to apply.  


  • Current full-time employment or graduate-assistantship/internship at Loyola University Chicago 
  • Master's degree required from an accredited institution 
  • At least 1 year of experience working in direct student support roles, such as but not limited to advising, teaching, coaching, youth or community engagement 
  • Approval from the applicant's supervisor 
  • Approval from the applicant's supervisor 

Fall 2024 New Instructors Information Only

New interested faculty/staff should complete the online application located here, which requires the submission of a resume and a 200-400 word statement of interest. While applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, the application deadline was Friday, March 1, 2024.   

Please refer questions to Mustafa Anwar, Assistant Director for First-Year Initiatives, New Student Programs, at manwar4@luc.edu.