Loyola University Chicago

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Teach UNIV 101/201

UNIV 101/201 Instructor Position Description

Priority application deadline: January 24, 2020

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  • 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.

The goal of these courses is to provide students 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 members 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 sections are organized by student 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.
  2. Choose resources and opportunities, on- and off-campus, that help them achieve their academic, social, personal wellbeing, and career goals.
  3. 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 this to be a valuable professional development experience that positively affects their work at Loyola. UNIV 101/201 Instructors will participate in the following professional development opportunities:

  • New Instructor Training: March 12 and 13, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Spring Planning Meeting with Peer Advisor: April 23 or 24
  • UNIV Curriculum Conference: August 4, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Fall Planning Meeting with Peer Advisor: August 20
  • Convocation and First-Year Text Discussions: August 21
  • Weekly meetings with their Peer Advisor during the fall semester (TBD by teaching team)
  • Meetings with other instructors during the fall semester (optional, days & times TBD)

UNIV 101 instructors should expect to spend 3-6 hours a week preparing for, and facilitating, UNIV 101/201 during the fall semester. This includes:

  • Preparing lesson plans and facilitating class, weekly
  • Mentoring, and 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 electronic communication with students)
  • Attending meetings, sharing ideas, and troubleshooting issues with other Instructors


This unique professional development opportunity has many benefits, which include, but are not limited to:

  • 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 about 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 an extended-orientation seminar are encouraged to apply. The minimum requirements for teaching are:

  • Fulltime employment at Loyola University Chicago
  • Earned Masters’ degree or higher from an accredited institution (conferred by August 21, 2020)
  • Approval from the applicant’s supervisor 

Interested candidates should complete this online application, 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 priority application deadline is January 24, 2020.

Please refer questions to Kevin Clarke, Associate Director for the First-Year Experience, New Student Programs, at kclarke@luc.edu or 773-508-7763.