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Faculty & Staff Involvement

The University of Missouri-St. Louis values the continued research, growth and resources that are exhibited by attending any national conference, especially the First Year Experience Annual Conference. The Office of New Student Programs was an example of that commitment in providing professional development opportunities for this office, as well as, campus-wide to those that assist serving new students. 

New Student Programs invites colleagues to apply and attend the conference with the expectation of developing specific goals in the area of orientation, transition, and retention that would be implemented at UMSL upon the return. Inside the application packet describes the specific opportunities gained by attending the FYE conference, expectations of attending on behalf of UMSL and compensation and timeline and commitment for attending the conference.

FYE ANNUAL CONFERENCE |February 10-13, 2018  | San Antonio, Texas

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides a forum for higher education professionals to share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year.

High-quality concurrent session, roundtable discussion, and poster presentation proposals are invited on topics addressing the myriad aspects of the first year of college. Proposals undergo blind review and are selected based on appropriateness of session topic, adherence to proposal guidelines, and overall quality of the proposal.

For additional details, featured speakers, glance at the schedule, please visit the conference website.


  • October: Applications available in the Office of New Student Programs, 366 MSC  
  • November 17, 2017: Deadline for online application and supervisor support letter
  • November 20, 2017: Notification of selections and approvals from supervisors, & NSP will process registration, hotel and flight accommodations

COMPLETE APPLICATION INCLUDES |   Application including additional questions & supervisor support letter

Applications are due Friday, November 17, 2017 by 5:00 PM 

Apply Here

As we prepare for the Orientation season, we are seeking faculty who have a desire to work with and assist students in learning how to navigate through the University. Orientation is designed to help new first-time and transfer students transition to the University.

An aspect of Orientation is to foster positive interactions between faculty, staff, new students, and their family members. With that said, we would like to invite you to become involved with Orientation as a faculty volunteer for all our Orientation sessions.

As an Orientation Faculty Fellow:
• Assist in accomplishing the goals and outcomes of Orientation programs
• Introduce new students to faculty through informal, out-of-the-classroom interaction
• Attend all the Orientation dates (listed below)
• Engage new students in discussion about academic transition, classroom expectations, communication etiquette, and other academic-oriented topics
• Facilitate discussion with parents in a parent panel session and facilitate a mock classroom scenario enlightening parents about student success resources, faculty engagement to assist their student succeed, academic transition.

Apply Here

Save the Date for the first UMSL First Year Experience Instructor Institute

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 
Time: 8am-5pm
Location: Millennium Student Center

Schedule and Reservation for this event - Coming Soon!

Any questions about these opportunities, please email