Faculty in Residence Fellowship
Student Affairs is happy to announce the launch of a Faculty in Residence Fellowship that will support a shared first-year experience for Liberal Arts students in BA and BS degree programs. Faculty in Residence Fellows will teach a Learning Community Seminar around a topic of their choice for first-year LAS students.
First-Year Learning Community (FY LC) Seminars foster intellectual curiosity, active discussion, critical thinking and develop a sense of community and engagement with a faculty and peers. These shared experiences can help move students from the transitional stage to the committed stage.
A completed Faculty in Residence Fellowships application is due no later than March 10. Application must include the topic of the First-Year Learning Community Seminar (FY LC Seminar) and a brief description. Faculty will be notified of acceptance no later than March 28.
Open to any faculty member.
FY LC Seminars are 3 credit courses that meet twice a week. In addition, the FY LC Seminar includes a 50-minute peer mentor lead discussion weekly. Open to first-year students and new transfers with less than 30 credits, commuters and residential.
FY LC Seminar Learning Outcomes, at a minimum:
- Foster Academic Success
- Discover and connect with Purchase College
- Promote personal development, wellbeing and social responsibility
- Critical Thinking and Reasoning
A committee including Dean of Student Affairs and LAS Directors will review the applications.
If accepted, faculty are awarded a Fellowship for a 2-year period beginning August
Faculty may reapply for a second 2-year fellowship.
Fellowships beyond 4 years (two, 2-year fellowships) may be allowed, depending on availability of housing, and approval of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Faculty in Residence Fellows receive a one-bedroom unfurnished apartment in exchange for the following responsibilities:
Teach a 3 credit First-Year Learning Community Seminar developed around a topic based on faculty choice. Also includes advising students in the seminar in their first semester. Includes support of a peer mentor.
Build connections and shared experienced for students in their FY LC Seminar by offering one of the following:
- Outside of the class discussions, guest lectures, screenings, or dinner events in fall and spring; or
- Sponsor one Purchase in the City event and discussion of the faculty member’s choice in the fall and spring.
Participate in the following student/parent events:
- Family Day first Saturday in October.
- Prospective student open house in the fall.
- Accepted Student Day in early April.
- Summer Orientation events.
Other activities in lieu of the above, may be substituted if approved by Dean of Student Affairs.
The responsibilities, including the Learning Community Seminar, are above the faculty member’s regular semester course load.
Additional First-Year Learning Community Seminar (FY LC Seminar) Information
FY LC Seminar: 3 credit course (open to first-year students and new transfers with less than 30 credits in BA/BS LAS degree programs)
Students choose a FY LC Seminar of their choice:
- Open to LAS BA/BS students only
- Open to both residential and commuter students.
- 20-25 students per FY LC Seminar
- Students in each FY LC Seminar will be placed in a companion first-year course.
- Includes an invitation to students accepted to a FY LC seminars to a 2½ day program in July (encouraged but not required)
Faculty in Residence Fellows receive a one-bedroom unfurnished apartment that includes utilities, internet, and free access to laundry facilities.
FY LC Seminars provide students an opportunity to engage with faculty and their peers on topics of intellectual and social significance in a small class environment and reflect the faculty members’ intellectual interests. Limited to 20-25 students each, these once-in-a-lifetime courses promote exploration of majors, intellectual exchange, critical thinking, and community.
FY LC Seminars reflect the mission and values of the Purchase College community. Faculty develop seminars topics around categories as outlined in the Community Values as outlined in the Strategic Plan such as: Social Justice, Engaged Community, Exploration of Major Disciplines, Sustainability, Free Speech and Introductory Research.
Each faculty member can apply for up to $300 in funding for a class trip or other out of class program.
A peer mentor is assigned to each seminar and responsible for leading a 50-minute weekly discussion with seminar students.