College life is a major change for freshmen, and with that in mind, the University has planned a program to assist them with this transition. Welcome Week is designed to complement the orientation program described above. During Welcome Week, Fellows will also attend a variety of activities designed to acquaint them with resources and ideas regarding time management, extracurricular opportunities, study habits, learning support systems, student organizations, leadership opportunities, as well as continuing to build comradery within the cohort.
The new freshman cohort will be placed in a Residential Learning Community (RLCs), called the TEACH Community, designed to assist them in making the transition from high school to college. This residential arrangement will complement the scope and sequence of courses and learning experiences that the cohort group will share. Resident advisers and academic mentors, in collaboration with the director of the Teaching Fellows Program, will help facilitate floor events, guest lectures, field trips and one-on-one support.
Each new Teaching Fellow will be assigned a peer mentor who is a second-year Teaching Fellow. The mentors will serve as a guide for the new Fellows as they navigate their way through their first year of college, and the years to follow.
Teaching Fellows will also have a specifically designated meeting with the Director of the Teaching Fellows Program, Spadoni College of Education (SCOE) Program Coordinators and representatives from the Interdepartmental Advisory Committee. The focus of this meeting will be to meet individual faculty, school leaders, and community members who will be working with Teaching Fellows throughout their service-learning and school-based experiential learning projects.