First Year Florida

Graduate Instructor Training


First Year Florida is committed to training, continuing education, support and professional development of its Graduate Instructors. All First Year Florida Graduate Instructors will participate in the following onboarding opportunities:


  • Instructor Training: A two day training that focuses on essential programmatic components such as mission, vision and learning outcomes of First Year Florida, Student Development Theory, course components, active learning strategies and understanding the Peer Leader Role. (Dates to be announced soon).
  • FYF Conference: This half day conference provides instructors and peer leaders the opportunity to learn about high-impact practices within the first-year seminar. Date: TBA
  • Professional Workshops: Graduate Instructors will need to attend the following workshops that will be held throughout their teaching semester.
    • Setting the Standard: This workshop will feature a panel of young professionals that teach First Year Florida and will discuss the importance of establishing yourself as a professional, setting boundaries and being approachable with first-year students. It will take place at FYF Conference.
    • Professional Assessment: Graduate Instructors will meet with New Student and Family Programs to review the FYF Instructor Interview Process and receive feedback for future interviews. This will take place the semester they interviewed, further information scheduling to come.
    • Selling the Experience: Graduate Instructors will participate in workshop designed align their skillsets and functions as Instructors with their job search. This will occur at the end of their teaching semester.
  • Brown Bag lunches: Brown Bag lunches are designed to encourage sharing of knowledge and best practices among all First Year Florida instructors in an informal setting. This will occur during the semester you are teaching various days at 12 p.m. Full dates will be sent in advance.
  • Semester Check Points: Graduate Instructors will meet during the following times in group and one-on-one settings with New Student and Family Programs staff.
    • Semester Kick-Off: An hour long group meeting to touch base on pertinent information.
  • Mid-Semester Check-in: In a one-on-one setting graduate students will meet with NSFP staff members to discuss their successes and challenges as a new instructor.
    • In addition, all graduate instructors must meet the minimum criteria, guidelines and requirements as listed here.

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