FYE Teaching Partners Program
Teaching Partners Program (Student Affairs)
What are teaching partners?
In fall 2007, each of the colleges at Cal Poly Pomona offered a First Year Experience (FYE) program for new students. Several offered a FYE course or series of courses for incoming students.
Teaching partners are non-faculty members from across the campus who are trained to deliver student success modules to students who are in a FYE course. Modules include specific learning outcomes and interactive exercises that engage students in learning about the topic.
The FYE courses vary by college/department, with some offering a series of two classes in fall and winter terms and others offering one 3-unit course in the fall.
View the Stress Management Course Module (PDF) to see a sample of one of the course modules (workshops) presented by the FYE teaching partners.
A teaching partner is expected:
- To attend a total of four class sessions.
- To assist with presentation of student support/student success materials.
- To serve as a partner for only one class per year (unless approved for more classes by partner's supervisor).
- To request approval to participate in the program from his/her supervisor and then confer with faculty member three to four weeks before the term begins regarding exact dates/times of course presentations.
- To be available to take student calls, respond to emails and meet with students by appointment.
- To present agreed-upon course materials with designated learning outcomes and evaluation measures.
- Not to be responsible for grading or keeping attendance.
Here is what people are saying about the program:
Dr. Pamela Sperry, Professor, College of Science: "I shared my enthusiasm for the wonderful job that my teaching partners have done over the past six years and how much the students appreciate their participation in the FYE courses."
Michael Biagi, Director, Parking & Transportation Services: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time participating in the First Year Experience program. It allows me an opportunity to give insight and perspective to first-year students that I wish someone had given me when I was in college. The modules are practical and easy to implement, and they deal with real-life situations in which students may find themselves. I have high praise for the program and the results!"
Dr. Alexander Small, Associate Professor, College of Science: "I think of my Science 101 FYE class as a 10-week orientation. My goal is to get them used to college, prepare them for things they'll encounter in college, and get them thinking about how their studies and extracurriculars might prepare them for their careers, and open up career doors."
Dr. Susan Siaw, Professor, College of Psychology & Sociology: "The FYE Teaching Program helps remind freshmen that the university experience includes much more than just academics. They see that staff help round out their university experience. The teaching partner is also an on-campus contact/resource during and even after the class ends. In my case, my teaching partner is a Cal Poly alumna; in fact, she was a major in my department and is one of my former students! The freshmen in our FYE class have, through her, one rich example of what a cool job one of our majors has after graduation!"
Current courses using FYE teaching partners
CLS 101-101A (Freshman Experience)
- Introduction to the university and the development of skills and knowledge needed to be a successful student and lifelong learner through an examination of selected topics within the arts, humanities and social sciences.
SCI 101/101A and 102/102A (Science and Mathematics: Freshman Experience)
- Development of the student as a scientist or mathematician. Role of science and mathematics in society. Developing attitudes and behaviors leading to academic success and active learning.
- Community building through collaborative learning activities.
- Development of long-term good health and wellness practices.
EGR 100/100L (The Engineer and Society)
- The development and expectations of the engineer as a member of society.
- The study of the integration of society and technology.
- Development includes: introduction to the fields of engineering and engineering technology, career planning, development of a community of learners, critical thinking, problem-solving skills for lifelong learning, and ethical and professional behavior.