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First Year Fellows

EN 397 Writing Fellows  (1credit hour)

Plus EN496 with Instructor (2 credit hours)

The First Year Seminar Writing Fellows provides students with experience in mentoring and teaching first-year students, including the one-to-one teaching of writing and speaking.


  1. Attendance at all FYS class meetings or events
  2. Preparation of all assigned material
  3. Meeting with course instructor and faculty supervisor on request
  4. Fulfillment of all attendant course support as determined by course instructor
  5. Evaluation of FYS Fellowship at the conclusion of the term


  1. Modeling discussion and writing skills
  2. Leading class or small group discussion sessions
  3. Engaging in the peer editing process
  4. Responding to students' formal and informal writing (graduate student fellows may have the option of grading)
  5. Meeting with individual students/groups of students over course material, writing assignments, presentation preparation
  6. Conducting virtual discussion groups using Blackboard or Chalk & Wire
  7. Composing discussion questions, writing assignments, etc.
  8. Composing or contributing to the Moodle or Chalk & Wire sites
  9. Preparing and leading a classroom session
  10. Reviewing literature/scholarship in designated areas with selected postings/discussion

General Information:

  1. All course fulfillment opportunities are at the discretion of the instructor.
  2. Anticipated weekly hours including class times, preparation, student consultations: 6-7 hours.
  3. First Year Fellows may schedule student meetings in the Writers' Studio or Irwin Library.
  4. The First Year Fellows' faculty supervisor will grade students at the conclusion of the course in consultation with FYS instructor.
  5. The First Year Fellows' faculty supervisor will provide pedagogical readings and discussion to assist the Fellows in successfully completing their internships.

For information:

Bryan Furuness, English Department, JH 312D or 317-940-9862