Overview: Established in 1999 to honor those who elect to teach or mentor in an FYP&LC sponsored UNIV course, each recipient receives $500 for their contributions to UConn’s first year population of students. FYE classes are designed to support and challenge first year students as they transition to the University of Connecticut.These awards provides the Office of FYP&LC with a unique opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of both instructor and undergraduate FYE mentors alike for their dedication to first year students. The recipients of the John T. Szarlan Memorial Student Mentor Awards and FYE Instructor of the Year are announced at the Instructional Excellence Recognition Dinner each Spring.
Criteria – The following criteria is used to determine which nominee will be the recipient of the John T. Szarlan Mentor Award:
Serves as a positive role model and consistent leader for first year students in and out of the classroom
Exhibits an ability to relate to all students
Demonstrates a commitment to mentoring that goes beyond the average undergraduate student
Supplies first year students with knowledge and support that helps them academically and encourage their involvement at the University
Provides consistent support for the FYE instructor including, but not limited to, regular meetings, HuskyCT support, curriculum development, and facilitation of classroom discussions.
Mentors can be nominated by instructor(s) or students who they assisted in a FYE class. Upon receiving a nomination, Office of FYP&LC contacts the Mentor to inform them and to notify them of the supporting documentation needed by the office. The items listed below are required in order for a Mentor to be in contention for the award:
An up-to-date résumé, including a description of the FYE Peer Mentor experience
A two to three page statement (double spaced, 12 pt font) that explains how the nominee encompassed the guidelines for the award during their experience and how this has shaped their view of leadership and mentorship
Up to two additional letters of support (one must be from the UNIV instructor if the instructor did not nominate the student)
Criteria – The criteria used to determine the recipient(s) of the FYE instructor of the year, Outstanding First Year Experience Teaching, award are as follows:
Minimum of two semesters teaching First Year Experience classes
Demonstrates care and attention for first year students
Displays commitment to furthering student growth and development through activities in and out of the classroom
Supports the development of students’ major and career aspirations
Demonstrates innovation and creativity in teaching
Participates in our community of first year teaching and learning through ongoing professional development and collaboration with other faculty and staff
FYE Instructors can be nominated by another FYE instructor, the undergraduate mentor who
assisted with his/her class, another faculty/staff member, or by a student.
Upon receiving a nomination, Office of FYP&LC contacts the Instructor to inform them and to notify them of the supporting documentation needed by the office. The items listed below are required in order for an Instructor to be in contention for the award:
Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
Statement of teaching philosophy with specific reference to the First Year Experience seminar (1 page, single-spaced, 12 pt font)