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UC Merced is a research-intensive, Hispanic serving university with over a 170 faculty members teaching first-year students. The Faculty Academy on Teaching First-Year Students supports the work of faculty members whose scholarship focuses on the university mission of teaching and research with the expected faculty growth in mind.


  • Explore the instructional needs of first-year students and plan support activities.
  • Connect faculty with peers to share ideas on learning theories and pedagogies about teaching first-year students, both seminal and emerging.
  • Promote evidence-based practices among faculty teaching first-year students at UCM.
  • Build a coalition of educators committed to first-year student success who will act as change agents for student-centered learning at a research university.
  • Develop resources for all instructors teaching first-year students, with publication in the Faculty Academy website.

Want to join the community?

The Faculty Academy community will meet monthly during the spring and fall semesters. You are welcome to join one or all of our meetings.

For more information about UC Merced's student demographics, visit the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning's website.

An overview of New UC Merced Students' Reflections on Academic Successes and Challenges and student survey results are also available here: Institutional Research and Decision Support . Also, consider reading a previous version presented by Carrie Menke and Angela Winek in September 2011 First Year Experience (FYE) Welcome Meeting

For more information on the Faculty Academy, please contact the Faculty Academy leader Adriana Signorini (Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning) by email.