Hullabaloo U is a year-long, 0 credit hour, first-year experience course designed to create a welcoming and affirming environment for each new student. Students will develop self‐efficacy, self‐awareness, and a sense of purpose; become actively engaged in the learning environment inside and outside of the classroom; and become socially integrated within the university community. Each section of Hullabaloo U is limited to no more than 25 students and led by a faculty/staff instructor and an undergraduate peer mentor.
A Hullabaloo U Instructor is a Texas A&M University employee that is committed to first-year student success and persistence. Instructors serve as educators, resources, and representatives of Texas A&M University. Instructors will work closely with their undergraduate peer mentor to create dynamic learning opportunities for their students.
- Commit to serving as an instructor for a year-long (fall & spring), 0-credit hour transition to college course. Sections are composed of no more than 25 first-year students and meet weekly for 50 minutes.
- Prepare and facilitate weekly well-organized presentations, class discussions, and activities on various topics. Mandatory content modules for four weeks each semester will be provided to you by the Office for Student Success. Additional encouraged content modules for other weeks with lesson plans, activities and facilitation guides will be available to you as well.
- Develop a rapport and a safe relationship with new students.
- Communicate accurate and timely information to students about academic and student resources.
- Be accessible and willing to assist students as they navigate their first year, and make referrals to appropriate resources for issues that are beyond your scope of expertise.
- Abide by all curriculum guidelines such as learning outcomes, required content, etc.
- Conduct provided assessments and return completed surveys/artifacts to the Office for Student Success.
- Attend required training workshops. Instructor training will consist of one day of training in the spring AND one day in August. For both Spring and August multiple date options will be offered and instructors must only choose to attend ONE of each:
Spring: Friday, May 3 OR Tuesday, May 14
August: Monday, August 12 OR Saturday, August 17
- Meet regularly with the Peer Mentor assigned to your section to coordinate and plan course components.
- Assist your Peer Mentor with development of a learning contract (introduced at the August training) related to their experience and provide them with developmental opportunities within the classroom to fulfill their goals.
What are the requirements to be a Hullaballo U instructor?
With a few exceptions, instructors must meet the following criteria:
- Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and have worked at Texas A&M for a minimum of one year
- Status as a Texas A&M University employee
- Complete required training workshops
- Gain approval of the instructor’s supervisor or department head
I am interested in teaching a section of Hullabaloo U. What now?
Complete the Hullabaloo U instructor application by March 21st. The application requires your supervisor’s approval with an approval form uploaded in the application process. You will also need to have an updated resume and transcript reflecting your highest degree earned (unofficial version is fine) to upload to the application as well. This application is reviewed by the Office for Student Success and the First Year Experience Advisory Committee. If you have any questions, contact Meredith Malnar, Director for the First Year Experience at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 845-1331
How much time is this going to take? Can I fit this into my schedule?
All instructors teach for 50 minutes a week for 10-14 weeks, plus meet once a week with their peer mentor. We have numerous Hullabaloo U section time slots available to accommodate different schedules, though signups occur according to a first-come, first-choice system. The amount of additional time that you spend varies by instructor based on lesson planning, grading, and other additional activities that you may undertake for your section. This is a 0 credit course, so outside assignments (and thus grading) should be minimal. For instructors who want to teach but have little time, we have created a template syllabus and fully developed lesson plans and facilitation guides that can be used with little to no customization.
Can I co-teach?
You are welcome to co-teach with another instructor, though you should be aware that the $500 bursary will only be provided to the primary instructor of record. Additionally, co-teaching requires a great deal of collaborative lesson planning, so you may find it easier to teach independently than to co-teach. All Hullabaloo U sections are assigned a peer mentor, who also acts in some instructor capacities. Co-instructors may find it difficult to create more individualized relationships with students when there are so many instructors in the room.
How flexible is the curriculum?
Pretty flexible. There are four required Hullabaloo U major themes with associated curriculum modules that will take 4 of the 10-14 class periods. These include:
- Well‐Being – Physical & Mental
- Alcohol and other Drugs
- Academic Success Strategies & Resources
- Healthy Relationships & Bystander Intervention
- Diversity/Cultural Competence
- Well‐Being – Social & Financial
- Career/Major Exploration
Outside of the 4 required themes each semester, you are free to customize your course to best match your experience and expertise, as well as meet the unique needs of the students in your section. The Office for Student Success will provide a repository of developed curriculum and facilitation guides that you can “plug and play” as desired or you can generate your own lesson plans that fit within the overall purpose and outcomes of the experience. More information related to course development will be provided at the spring training workshop. .
I have never taught before. Where do I start?
Our April training workshop will be focused on course development to get you started. We have created a template syllabus and fully developed lesson plans and facilitation guides that you can utilize as well. Throughout the summer, we will offer optional instructor and course development workshops to equip you with the tools and resources you will need to be successful as an instructor. .