Speak Your Mind FIG

Each First-Year Experience (FYE) is unique and tailored to explore an exciting academic theme while helping students acclimate to campus both academically and socially. First-Year Programs thrives on the enthusiasm, expertise, and creativity of our faculty. Faculty provide our students with unique opportunities to engage with the University of Oregon during their first year on campus. First-Year Programs offer faculty members unique teaching opportunities.

For fall 2024, First-Year Programs will be offering First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs).

Faculty members from every discipline and department are encouraged to propose FIGs.

First-Year Interest Groups

Each First-Year Interest Group (FIG) is unique and tailored to explore an exciting academic theme, while helping students acclimate to campus both academically and socially.

Are you a faculty member who…

  • is dedicated to First-Year student success?
  • wants to provide expertise about a subject you are passionate about, and engage students outside of the traditional classroom setting?
  • would enjoy collaborating with an undergraduate peer mentor (FIG Assistant)?
  • is teaching a core education course fall term that you think would be good fit for First-Year students*?

Yes? Then consider proposing a FIG! The commitment is teaching a 1-credit seminar fall term, called FYE Seminar.

For 10 weeks, become part of a powerful community that makes a real impact on new students. Did you know that….

  • Approximately 1 in 2 eligible First-Year students enroll in a First-Year Experience (FYE).
  • Students who participate in a FYE their freshman year earn significantly higher grades throughout their first year and beyond.
  • FYE students return for their sophomore year at a higher rate than their non-FYE peers, and are more likely to graduate in four years.

*Preference is to have faculty teach FYE Seminar and a core education course that are both part of the FIG’s package of classes. However, please contact First-Year Programs to discuss your FIG teaching eligibility, even if this is not possible.

Sample FIG

"Teaching with First-Year Programs at the University of Oregon has been a great opportunity for me as a professor... I believe that the FIG program is the best way for our new students to get more focused and interactive time with UO faculty and our outstanding FIG Assistants. Being involved with this program has been one of the best experiences I've had as a faculty member here at UO."

-- Michael Malek Najjar, Professor for Night Out: Eugene Theatre

 Faculty Benefits



Join a Community

FIG faculty are supported by a team of dedicated professionals, an exceptional undergraduate peer mentor/academic teaching assistant (FIG Assistant), and fellow faculty members.



Rewarding Teaching Experience

Small class size and programmatic structure allows faculty to make meaningful and long-lasting connections with first-year students.



Teach Your Passion

Our most successful FIGs explore content that a faculty member is excited about. You decide the academic theme and which connecting lecture courses students will be enrolled in.

FIG Proposals

A FIG Proposal is submitted by the faculty member(s) who would like to teach the 1-credit FIG Seminar in the fall

 Learn More About FIG Proposals