Around 500 people teach foundation courses at Boise State – those courses that expose students to a range of disciplines outside their major. Foundations courses make students into better citizens with broad perspectives on an ever-changing world, said Professor John Bieter, interim director of the program.
On Friday, March 29, the University Foundations program will host its first annual summit, a daylong event for foundations instructors, many of whom are adjunct faculty.
“We want to get everyone together to recognize their efforts,” said Bieter.
He’s already received RSVPs for 200 attendees. He hopes for more.
The day will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Micron Business and Economics Building, Skaggs Hall, Room 1301, followed with an afternoon of breakout sessions on writing, social sciences, ethics and diversity, and other foundations topics. The day will conclude with the Teaching Awards Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center, Skyline Room. Several winning instructors will become Boise State’s nominees to Idaho’s new statewide awards.
In addition to a $100 stipend for adjunct faculty who attend the summit, participants will have the chance to connect with colleagues, learn new classroom strategies, and ways to convey the importance of foundation classes to students. Around 27 percent of college graduates end up working outside of their college majors, said Bieter. At Boise State, 83 percent of students end up changing their majors.
Register online by Thursday here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNl3RAvcB57VzR0C6PHzgsO2q-DhrTaiam57hPDzEp66jNjg/viewform