FSI Ways of Knowing Course Fellow

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

Ways of Knowing (HUM/STC 250)

Course Fellow Job Description
Summer 2020


Apply HERE by Monday, March 16th!

Freshman Scholars Institute: Program Overview

FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through seminar-style courses and laboratory experiences. They engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities, and work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields. By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors. In the summer of 2020, FSI will begin on June 27th (Saturday) and conclude on August 14th (Friday). 


Ways of Knowing Course Fellow: Position Description

Course Fellows are experienced peers learners who work with students enrolled in HUM/STC 250 Ways of Knowing. Fellows facilitate students’ examination of course texts and assist students in brainstorming their own analytic responses to these texts. In particular, Course Fellows help introduce students to critical reading, thinking, and writing methods, as well as strategies for successfully approaching complex and long-term assignments. Each Course Fellow will be embedded in a section of Ways of Knowing, receiving mentorship and guidance from the Ways of Knowing instructor. Fellows will work consistently with students in that section, facilitating small group reading discussions conferences and, occasionally, leading individual conferences. Fellows will receive training from the Freshman Scholars Institute’s Inclusive Pedagogy Symposium, and ongoing guidance and support from their seminar instructor.

Course Fellows will also participate in an inclusive pedagogy symposium which meets once/week. In this seminar, students will learn research-based approaches to inclusive, student-centered teaching in STEM and non-STEM fields, and reflect on and apply their own teaching and learning experiences.



Ways of Knowing Course Fellows will gain:

  • Room and board during the FSI term, beginning June 22 and ending August 21. You are responsible for your own housing beginning 5pm on August 21.
  • A small stipend of $350
  • Mentorship from FSI staff and Ways of Knowing instructors
  • Intensive and inclusive pedagogical training in reading, writing, critical thinking, and study skills
  • Teaching experience with a diverse undergraduate population

Total Commitment: ~30 hours/week



Pre-FSI commitment

FSI Course Fellows should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per month preparing for FSI in April and May on the following activities:

  • Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings
  • Communicating with and disseminating information to accepted Freshman Scholars

Program Commitment

Course Fellows should plan to be in residence and remain on campus from June 22 to August 15. They should plan to spend approximately 30 hours per week on the following responsibilities:

  • Attending and participating in a 2-day training on June 24 and 25
  • Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Orientation on June 28 and 29
  • Facilitating group “text lab” discussions each week with each WOK student
  • Attending regular WOK class sessions and supporting WOK instructors in lesson plans
  • Meet once/week with WOK instructor to plan week of instruction and debrief prior week
  • Writing teaching reflections describing pedagogical methods utilized during conferences
  • Attending and participating in ongoing professional development trainings and meetings
  • Providing mentorship, curricular and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars
  • Participate in a SIFP summer mentorship group
  • Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Reorientation on August 13 and 14


  • Mature undergraduate students possessing advanced critical reading and writing skills, along with a passion for teaching and mentoring.
  • Students who have taken HUM/STC 250 in previous summers, as well as current Princeton Writing Center Fellows, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Required Dates/Times

WOK Course: M, W, TH (10:35-12:35)

Colloquia and Family Dinner – Wednesday evenings

WOK Reading Groups (~6 hours/week, tbd)
2-day FSI Staff Training – June 25 and 26
FSI Orientation – June 28 and 29
Re-Orientation Workshops: August 13 and 14
All Community Closing BBQ: August 14


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