First Year Studies News

Proposals Sought for Spring FYS 129 Freshman Seminars


First-Year Studies is now accepting proposals for 129 Freshman Seminars to be offered during the spring semester. These one-credit seminars are small, discussion-based courses that allow the professor to design a class around a topic of personal interest. Faculty instructors must be tenured or tenure-track. Faculty will receive research stipends for their participation in the program.

What to Read? Life of the Mind Program Seeking Book Suggestions

The Life of the Mind Program is seeking suggestions for its 2015–16 common reading selection for first-year students. A Ready for the World initiative, Life of the Mind is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a required online course that helps first-year students develop the right mindset for the college experience. As part of the course, students read the Life of the Mind book, submit a creative response, participate in a small-group discussion session, and attend a lecture by the book’s author.

Life of the Mind Speaker Announced; Discussion Leaders Still Needed

IDEO global design firm partner and UT alumnus Michael Hendrix will address students at this year’s Life of the Mind event at 5:30 p.m. on August 18 in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is just part of the Life of the Mind program, which includes a common reading selection for freshmen. This year’s book is Daytripper, a graphic novel by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are needed to serve as a discussion leaders for this year’s Life of the Mind program.

FYS 129 Seminar Proposals Will Be Accepted Until April 15th


The office of First-Year Studies is encouraging faculty to propose FYS 129 seminars for Fall 2014. FYS 129 seminars are designed to connect students with UT faculty through an engaging topic early in their academic career. Maximum enrollment for these seminars is eighteen and students are encouraged to choose seminar titles or seminar faculty that could benefit their career goals and interests.

Call for First-Year Studies 101 and 129 Faculty

The office of First-Year Studies is seeking instructors for Fall 2014 first-year seminars. Each FYS 101 class is a small seminar—no more than twenty students—designed to acclimate first-year students to campus and provide them with the skills and experiences to be academically successful. FYS 129 seminars are topical and designed to connect students with UT faculty early in their academic career.

Propose FYS 129 Seminars Now

Faculty members are invited to propose First Year Studies 129 seminars now for the spring semester. FYS 129 seminars provide students with the opportunity to engage with a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest.

Mastrogiovanni is New First-Year Studies Director

Jason Mastrogiovanni is the new director of First-Year Studies. He began the job earlier this month. Mastrogiovanni will oversee the courses, programs, and staff housed in First-Year Studies. He also will represent First-Year Studies across the university and serve as an advocate for first-year students. He has ten years of professional experience in both academic and student affairs, leadership experience in the creation and implementation of academic policies and curriculum, and a strong record of collaboration across a research university.