Faculty Instructor Information

The Faculty Instructor (FI) application for UNIV 100 fall 2017 is now available!
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View the full Faculty Instructor job description and a list of important dates here

UNIV 100: Introduction to Higher Education is a one-credit, first semester transition course for new students, taught during the Fall semester. A Faculty Instructor (FI) and an undergraduate Peer Instructor (PI) co-teach the course which focuses on helping students develop academic, social and personal success that will last throughout their Radford University academic career.


  • Have an interest in helping Radford University’s new students experience a smooth transition
  • A master’s degree or higher
  • Be classified as one of the following:
    • Adjunct Faculty
    • A/P Faculty
    • Classified Exempt
    • T&R Faculty

Co-Teaching Responsibilities

New Student Programs strongly believes that each section of UNIV 100 should be co-taught by a FI and PI. The PIs have a valuable role in the classroom and are in a unique position to connect with new students through their transition. Through co-teaching, it is our goal that new students learn about transition topics and issues from both the FI and PI.

We ask you to please remember that Peer Instructors are not responsible for:

  • The day to day class preparation tasks and responsibilities
  • Grading all assignments (though they may help with some)
  • Submitting students’ midterm or final grades

Spring 2017

  • Meet in-person with your Peer Instructor (PI, undergraduate student) by the end of the semester
  • Attend (with your PI) one April FI/PI training
  • Attend May New FI training (includes D2L training)

Fall 2017

  • Attend August FI/PI training
  • Co-teach with a PI one section of UNIV 100 for fifty minutes (21 class meetings)
    • Twice a week for the first 7 weeks
    • Once a week for the last 7 weeks
  • Meet weekly in-person with your PI
  • Collaborate with your PI to develop the course timeline, topics, assignments, etc.
  • Prepare and implement class lessons on topics important to new student transition
  • Serve as a mentor to your PI, helping them strengthen their skills and abilities
  • Submit midterm and final grades for all students in your UNIV 100 class by the deadlines outlined by the Registrar’s office
  • Participate in all assigned teaching responsibilities related to UNIV 100


Throughout the spring and fall semesters, NSP will host required trainings for all Faculty Instructors. This is to ensure that our instructors are trained in and feel comfortable with all aspects of the course prior to classes beginning. Faculty Instructors are paid a stipend of $1350 (taxed at the supplemental pay rate), which will be evenly disbursed from mid-September through the end of December.