Describe your course. What will the students be studying and learning?
This is the academic gateway: it's the course where students learn about writing and research for college, as well as how to engage with ideas and add to scholarly conversations.
Why would a first-year student want to take this course? Discuss its uniqueness as part of the University College, your teaching style, and any special opportunities the students may have.
All students need to take a section of WRTG-100, but what sets my section apart is that I take a very process-oriented approach. That is, students choose a research interest and pursue it all semester, developing one major paper across many stages and skills. This approach gives them the chance to examine ideas and writing from the ground up, as they become experts on their topic and add more and more academic tools to their toolkit.
What do you like best about teaching first-year students?
I love the fact that with first-year students, everything is new and exciting, yet they come with varied individual perspectives. The whole class is starting on a shared experience of discovery that opens so many interesting possibilities for all of us.