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University 101 Programs

Become a U101 Instructor

Classes are taught by faculty and staff members and administrators at the University of South Carolina who are committed to first-year student education, learning and success.


  • master's degree or higher from an accredited institution
    • note: we can consider full-time staff members with a bachelors degree if they have substantial student contact as part of their primary responsibilities. 
  • status as a full-time university employee, retiree of USC Columbia, or Ph.D. student
  • completion of the Teaching Experience Workshop
  • approval by the instructor's supervisor or department chair
  • approval by the director of University 101 Programs
  • participate in regular professional development opportunities offered by University 101 Programs

Instructor Renewals

Renewal decisions are based on two additional criteria:

  • participation in advanced faculty development activities
  • satisfactory student evaluations.

How Do I Apply?

Application Process
We are now accepting applications for fall 2025. Please submit a New Instructor Application, current resume, and cover letter to our office at the Carolina Coliseum, Suite 2012 or to Dr. Dan Friedman at Your cover letter should address the reason for your interest, fit for working with first-year students, and any relevant teaching or facilitation experience.

After Applying
Competitive applicants will be invited to meet with the Assistant Vice President for University 101 Programs & the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition to discuss the opportunity to teach the course, preferences regarding workshop dates, and next steps in the process. 

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