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Fall Semester Meetings

Faculty Academy on Teaching First-Year Students

Fall Semester

'Explore and Address First-Year Students' Unique Challenges'

The Faculty Academy on Teaching First-Year Students offers monthly learning opportunities through seminars as well as consultations throughout the academic year. This community of practice is open to new and returning, senior, and junior faculty teaching first-year students at UC Merced.

UC Merced student doing homework in dorm room.► During the Fall semester, seminars will explore the instructional needs of first-year students and build support activities.


  • Discuss first-year students survey data
  • Discuss first-year students challenges
  • Identify teaching practices to address those challenges.


Developed by UC Merced faculty for UC Merced faculty, this website provides instructors of first-year students with resources to support their students' academic success.

Within this site, you will find a continuously evolving list of teaching tips and student support resources keyed to skills that UC Merced first-year students commonly need to develop in order to succeed in your course. Just click on a link on the left to find how to address the unique challenges faced by UC Merced's first-year students.