Become an Instructor

Instructor Requirements

FYE Instructors must be:

  • Full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty or staff
  • Hold a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Have approval from their supervisor or department chair to teach FYE
  • Have approval from the Provost Office to teach FYE

Instructor Renewals

Renewal decisions are based on the additional criteria:

  • Participation in FYE instructor development initiatives (forthcoming in 2018-2019)
  • satisfactory student evaluations

How do I become an instructor?

Current Process:

  • Contact the Director of Orientation and Engagement ( to communicate your interest or respond to the FYE “looking for instructors” email sent out through the DL Faculty email account.

New Process Coming Soon-

Application Process:

  • Submit a New Instructor Application along with a cover letter. The cover letter should address the reason for your interest, fit for working with first-year students, and relevant teaching or facilitation experience.

After Applying:

  • This is a rolling application process so instructors are selected on an ongoing basis and next steps are communicated upon selection.
  • Applicants may be invited to meet with the Director of Orientation and Engagement to discuss the opportunity to teach and next steps in the process.

Upon Confirmation of Instructor Role:

  • Course hire paperwork will be submitted on the Instructor’s behalf however, they are responsible to get authorized permission from supervisor(s) to teach FYE
    • Faculty: Request to Hire (RTH) form must be signed by both Department Chair and Division Chair
    • Staff: Supervisor Authorization form must be signed by direct supervisor
  • Use the Annual Instructor Checklist to ensure you are prepared for the start of your FYE and all instructor requirements have been completed.