First Years Instructors (FYI)

Mentoring programming for instructors in their first two year at UW-Stout
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 First Year Instructor Program

This yearlong program provides a forum for new tenure-track faculty and instructional academic staff to explore issues that are beyond the scope of the New Instructor Workshop and are characteristic of ongoing teaching responsibilities. It offers 8 or more sessions designed to provide instructors with collegial support, access to seasoned faculty and administrators, and an opportunity to ask questions and network.


  • Explore and implement effective and inclusive teaching practices  
  • Acknowledge the responsibilities and expectations of the instructor’s role and duties with the student population, the program, department, university and community culture 
  • Identify resources that support instructors’ personal and professional lives.  
  • Utilize strategies to effectively achieve self-identified goals related to teaching, service and research 
  • Use a variety of mentor-mentee strategies to achieve self-identified goals 
  • Develop a professional support network, both on and off campus 

Participation Requirements:

  • Department Chair Approval
  • Attendance and monthly face-to-face sessions
  • Willingness to engage with PERTS’ Copilot: Ascend Program

Required Sessions:  Tuesday 8:30 – 9:25 AM

  • September 21 - 
  • October 19 
  • November 16 
  • December 7 
  • January 18 – Workshop schedules sometime during Professional Development Week 
  • February 15 
  • March 29 
  • April 19 
  • May 17 - Wrap up and final session may be moved to an alternative and earlier date 

Please register using the registration button, below:

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