Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
February 20, 2001
MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Millersville, Pennsylvania 17551-0302
POSITION: Coordinator of the Freshman Year Experience Pilot Program
Summer Appointment with stipend: Summer 2001 and summer 2002
One-quarter release time: Fall Semester 2001 and Fall Semester 2002
DESCRIPTION: The Coordinator for the Freshman Year Experience Pilot
Program at Millersville University will be a member of the faculty who will be
given release time/stipend as noted above to oversee the implementation of a
pilot program for a holistic freshman year experience during the 2001-2002 and
2002-2003 academic years. The coordinator will be the faculty's liaison with
the administration concerning the freshman year experience pilot program and
will report to the Provost or her designee. He or she will be an advocate for
the freshman year experience objectives, acting with the advice and consent of
the faculty, and appropriate academic and student affairs administrators.
DUTIES of the Coordinator of the Freshman Year Experience Pilot Program
Coordinate the implementation of the FYE Committee's proposal, by working
closely with faculty, FYE Committee members, and designated members of
academic and student affairs administration.
Serve as an ex-officio member of the freshman Year Experience Committee.
Consult, as needed, with a member of the administration designated by the
Compile an annual report on the status of the program to be presented to the
The following criteria are required:
- Full-time tenured or full-time tenure-track faculty member.
- Knowledge of and commitment to the principles of a freshman year
- Openness to the varying perspectives of students, faculty and
administrators about a freshman year experience at Millersville.
- Effective communication and leadership skills.
The following criterion is preferred:
APPLY TO: Submit a curriculum vita and a letter of interest by March
15, 2001, that highlights your fulfillment of the above selection criteria to:
Dr. Mary Glazier, Chair
- Knowledge of assessment processes and practices.
Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Freshman Year Experience Pilot Program
The Freshman Year Experience Committee (FYE), comprised of academic affairs,
student affiars, faculty, and student members, ahs examined the freshman year
at Millersville and explored several initiatives designed to enhance the
experiences of freshmen students in academic and co-curricular setttings.
As a result of this exploration FYE has recommended that the university
implement a pilot program to provide a holistic freshman year experience
during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 academic years.
The primary goal of the program is to engage students deeply during the first
year fot ehri university experience. It is hoped that greater student
engagement with the university will result in improved retention and
graduation rates, increased student satisfaction with Millersville University
and reduced student alcohol abuse.
The chief components of this program are:
The immediate task is to recruit a faculty member to coordinate the program.
The program coordinator will serve ex officio as a member of FYE, will work
closely with administration and faculty to implement the program and will
report back to the Provost regarding the functioning and assessment of the
Fall Convocation 2001 will focus on freshman year programming and on the pilot
program planned for Millersville University
- A Living/Learning Community. Freshmen students housed in one
residence hall will participate in freshmen seminar courses and matriculate in
grouped courses as cohorts to facilitate group cohesion. The residents will
be sociology/anthropology, chemistry, earth science majors and undecided
students. The reisdence hall will offer programming in conjunction with
freshmen seminar topics.
- Freshmen Seminar courses. Sociology/anthropology, chemistry and
earth science students will be enrolled in the freshmen seminar courses
offered in their departments. A curriculum committee will design a one-credit
freshmen seminar course for undecided students to be taught by university
faculty from a variety of disciplines. The freshmen seminar course for
undecided students will contain engagement activities and community-linked
service learning components to foster socially responsible behavior.
- Enhanced Advisement. Upper class students will be peer mentors and
tutors. Academic advisement will design an advising program and provide
training for involved faculty and students.
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