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Fall Semester: Teach a First-Year Seminar in Explorations

Have you ever thought about teaching your own course?
Do you want to have a positive impact on the experience of first-year students?

The ExCollege is seeking applications from teams of two upper-level undergraduates to design and teach next fall in its signature program, Explorations. Under the university’s new credit system, which begins next academic year, selected students will receive 4 SHU credits with Pass/Fail grading for co-teaching a weekly seminar, advising a group of first-year students, and taking a teaching methods practicum.

"My experience surpassed my expectations. I loved every minute of teaching, from lesson planning, to responding to assignments, to being with the class. I formed such meaningful relationships with my first years."

*Please note: In the past, we designated two distinct types of first-year advising seminars: Explorations and Perspectives. The distinction was that Perspectives groups all dealt with media-related topics, while any topic could be the basis for an Explorations groups. This year, we are using the program name Explorations to designate all the first-year advising groups, regardless of topic. You do not need to tailor your application to one of the two programs, as leaders have done in the past.

About the program
The Explorations program was initiated to meet the overwhelming demand from entering students for advising through an ongoing, small-group experience. Explorations has successfully met this need since 1972. Any topic can be the basis for an Explorations seminar. All ExCollege first-year seminars offer new students at Tufts a special kind of participatory learning, a team approach to advising, and a sense of support and community within the context of the academic seminars.

Eligibility for teaching a First-Year Seminar

Applications due Wednesday,
March 8, 2019 for the Fall 2019

Contact the ExCollege

if you have any questions.
  • Student leaders must be a junior or senior next fall and have a strong academic record, as indicated by a G.P.A. above 3.20 (exceptions will be considered only under very special circumstances).
  • All leaders must be available for training and orientation responsibilities beginning Tuesday evening, August 27, 2019 and continuing through Saturday, August 31, 2019.

ExCollege Explorations Leaders Discuss Teaching a First-Year Seminar - Watch the video:

Examples of recent Explorations seminars include:

  • Reflections on Your Schooling
  • Art and Conflict of the World Wars
  • The Office: Professional Development from Dunder Mifflin to Tufts University
  • Immigrant Food and the Integration Process
  • Sport and Social Justice
  • The Economics and Politics of Bad Habits in America
  • Exploring Science Fiction and Fantasy in Literature
  • Human Rights in the Digital Age
  • Surrounded by Social Media

Apply to be an Explorations leader >

Spring Semester: Peer Teaching

Each spring, the ExCollege runs peer-taught courses that, unlike Explorations, can have either a single instructor or a pair, and are open to all Tufts undergraduates.

Peer Teachers are required to take EXP-0101-ZS Peer Teaching and EXP-0103-ZS Theory and Practice of Participatory Education during the semester their class is taught. The Theory and Practice of Participatory Education seminar meets once a week, during the Monday Open Block. Teachers share experiences, and may be asked to make brief reports on alternative teaching methods, educational philosophies, or other topics.

In total, Peer Teachers will receive 4 semester hour units (SHUs), graded on a pass/fail basis.

*Please note: Peer Teaching applications are due early in the fall semester so that accepted courses will be ready for November registration.

Not sure what to teach or how to formulate a proposal? The Director of the Experimental College will meet individually with prospective Peer Teachers to discuss ideas and answer questions.

For more information, stop by the ExCollege Office at 95 Talbot Avenue, call us at 617-627-3384 or email excollege@tufts.edu.

Apply to be an Undergraduate Peer Teacher >