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Academic Advisement


Freshman Seminar Instructor
Office of Student Life
Division of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Life at Baruch College ( seeks qualified emerging higher education student affairs professionals to serve as Freshman Seminar Instructors during fall 2015 semester. Each instructor will teach one or more sections of Freshman Seminar (FRO 1000).

Baruch College is a highly selective senior college of the City University of New York system. The College's more than 17,000 students, who speak more than 110 languages and trace their heritage to more than 170 countries, have been repeatedly named one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the United States. Approximately 35% of our students are the first in their families to attend college.

Freshman Seminar serves as a vital gateway to a first-year student’s academic and social transition into Baruch College and is specifically tailored to address the integral needs of this unique population. Over the years, the Freshman Seminar program has evolved into a dynamic, collaborative effort designed to acclimate incoming freshmen to the Baruch College community, integrate the academic and social spectrums of the postsecondary experience, engage students in successful practices that foster multifaceted development, and ignite a sense of interdependence, belonging and purpose. Topics will include: addressing the transition from high school to college, discovering tools for academic success, developing communication skills, fostering academic and personal goal-setting, and engaging in personal identity and leadership exploration.

The course will be administered over 13 sessions lasting 75 minutes each. These sessions will be facilitated by one instructor and one peer mentor. Freshman Seminar courses are offered Monday-Friday, roughly between the hours of 9:00am and 4:10pm, meeting once a week beginning the week of August 31st and ending in early December. Additional detail will be providing during training in August.

Function and Scope:

  • Lead all class discussions in conjunction with a Peer Mentor (a current Baruch College undergraduate student);
  • Maintain a safe environment by promoting a sense of respect and courtesy within the classroom and among the students;
  • Serve as a dependable liaison with college academic support services;
  • Develop a mentoring relationship with the Peer Mentor;
  • Meet with the Peer Mentor every week to discuss class content for the following week's session;
  • Read and lead a discussion around the assigned Freshman text;
  • Grade and certify rosters;
  • Attend scheduled FRO instructor support meetings to discuss class progress and any concerns that might arise;
  • Participate in mandatory August training which will include Gallups StrengthsQuest assessment and attend Instructor professional development-meet & greet sessions offered during the semester.

Please make note of the following MANDATORY dates:

  • Freshman Seminar Instructor Training:
    • Tuesday, August 11th OR Wednesday, August 12th (all day)
  • Convocation Prep Meeting:
    • Monday, August 24th, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Convocation & Baruch Beginnings Day:
    • Wednesday, August 26th, 9:00am to 12:00pm


A Bachelor's Degree is required. Post-secondary degree or progress towards post-secondary degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a student-centered educational philosophy, a genuine interest in advising and mentoring students, and a concern for the development of the students’ academic, social and developmental needs. Experience teaching first-year students or first-year courses a plus. The successful candidate will be able to relate personally to a diverse enrollment of first-year students and be committed to being accessible to first-year students, peer mentor, and the Baruch Student Life department.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 26th. Interviews will start in early June. Compensation will be approximately $500/course. If interested, please email Deanne DeCrescenzo, Associate Director of New Student Programs and Leadership Development, at and include your resume and cover letter.