Advice for Teaching Freshmen
Resources for current and prospective instructors to learn more about teaching in the Freshman Seminar Program. For suggestions and feedback for faculty about teaching freshmen, please feel free to contact Ofrit Liviatan, Director of the Freshman Seminar Program, with any queries.
- The Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
- Learning Lab at the Bok Center
- Tips for Teaching Freshman Seminars
- Syllabus design considerations
- Getting Freshmen to Speak Up in Seminars
- Writing Guide for the Freshman Seminar Program
- Designing Essay Assignments for Freshmen
Funding for Seminar Activities
Concur Instructions for Freshman Seminar-related expenses: all seminars receive a budget of $300 for course-related expenses. Faculty should submit receipts (out-of-pocket or corporate card) for any expenses to the Concur system within 60 days after incurring expense to allow time for processing. Freshman Seminar-related expenses will be routed to the FSP office for final review and approval. To obtain information about correct coding, please email Nina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit these websites for additional project funding and opportunities for seminars:
- Arts & Humanities Resources: Elson Family Arts Initiative and other funding possibilities
- Harvard Office of the Arts: offers funding resources for faculty
Student/Faculty Meals in Annenberg Hall: Instructors may eat with students for free in Annenberg (freshman dining hall) throughout the academic year. Just show your HUID and identify yourself as a Freshman Seminar instructor to the checker when you arrive.
Reunion Meals: Harvard College offers $30 per student and instructor for reunion meals to which you may invite all your seminar alumni from the upper classes. Please contact the FSP office for assistance with reimbursement through the Harvard Concur system.
"Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs."
Please add guidelines about this issue to your syllabus. For examples and further explanation, please go to this website page, http://honor.fas.harvard.edu/syllabus-design.
- Academic Calendar
- (ATG) Academic Technology Group: for assistance with course website
- Harvard College Prizes: Prizes in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) are given for academic excellence, outstanding individual qualities, or other achievements.
- Library Liaisons for Freshman Seminars: your library liaison helps you navigate library resources to enhance the seminar for students.
- Copyright First Responders: answers for any copyright-related questions.