Information for Faculty

Byrne Seminars Faculty Information

Call for Proposals

We invite Rutgers–New Brunswick faculty to teach a Byrne First-Year Seminar in the 2020-2021 academic year. This program, which will celebrate its 13th anniversary in 2020, connects tenured and tenure-track Rutgers faculty with our new students as they begin their undergraduate study. We are excited about the long-term potential of these seminars to reshape our students’ sense of what Rutgers means as a research university. Connecting students early-on with our senior faculty make a significant difference in the ways they define their academic and career goals. We hope that many of the outstanding scholar-teachers across the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses will join us.

You can complete your application using our online form.

Questions? Contact James Register at byrneseminars@rutgers.edu or call 848-932-6971.


Course Requirements

Byrne Seminars are taught by tenured faculty and/or senior administrators. Courses range in topics meant to arouse the intellectual curiosity of our undergraduates and introduce first-year students to the resources of Rutgers.

The following are requirements of all Byrne Seminars. Failure to meet the requirements will result in the cancellation of the course.

  • Courses must meet for 1.25 hours once per week for 10 weeks, or for 2.5 hours once per week for 5 weeks.
  • There is a 20-student maximum in each seminar; 10-student minimum.
  • All instructors must review, sign, and return the Byrne Instructor Agreement by the established date.
  • The individual listed on the Instructor Agreement must be the person who is teaching the seminar. Our office must be notified if any changes are necessary.
  • All new and returning faculty members are required to attend an orientation session, typically held in August and September.
  • Using the approved syllabus template, instructors must submit a copy of the syllabus to our office by the established date. Posted office hours must be included on the syllabus.
  • Requests for seminar enhancement funding must be submitted via our website by the last week of September.
  • Instructors must complete a Byrne survey at the conclusion of the seminar.

Grading and Course Material

The course syllabus must clearly demonstrate how grades will be assigned and include a grading rubric. Students who are successful in the Byrne Seminars will earn one academic credit; therefore, the assigned work must be reasonable. Attendance and class participation are essential and should make up at least 50 percent of the course grade. To earn a passing grade, students should not miss more than two class meetings.

  • Reading: Based on successful seminars, we recommend a maximum of 30 pages of reading per week. Students should be asked questions based on the required readings which will prompt discussion during class.
  • Writing or Presentations: Based on successful seminars, we recommend a maximum of 5-7 pages of formal writing, 15-20 minute presentations, opportunities for group work, or some combination over the course of the entire semester.

Compensation

As of the 2020–2021 academic year, faculty and senior administrators will receive $2,500 research stipends. For seminars that are co-taught, each instructor will receive $2,000. Research funds will be transferred into your account via journal entry within 30 days after the completion of the course. The account information and the name of your business contact person must be sent to Senior Program Coordinator James Register by the established date. Please note that research funds will not be transferred until our office has received the signed agreement, a copy of your syllabus, your account information and your business contact person, and a completed Byrne instructor survey.


Seminar Enhancement Funding

The Office of the Provost has set aside a limited amount of funds which may be used for field trips, outside speakers, and special events. Requests for seminar enhancement must be submitted via this online form. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis.

Field Trips

All field trips for which you want support from the Office of the Provost must be approved beforehand. All students are required to participate in the field trip. A trip itinerary and waiver forms must be submitted no later than two weeks after the seminar start date. Appropriate transportation for your trip, NJ Transit tickets or a bus, will be arranged. Instructors will also be reimbursed for admission fees/tickets and for reasonable food requests depending on the duration of the trip.

Outside Speakers

Our office will pay up to $250 toward a speaker’s fee. For payment of speakers and honoraria, the name, contact information, and social security number of speaker; date of speaking engagement; course information including the course name, date, time, and location; expectations of the speaker, such as name of speech or topic discussed, question and answer, discussion, book signing, etc.; and the agreed-upon cost of speaker, invoice, and W9 form are needed.

Refreshments

Funding for refreshments is only available for public presentations to the Rutgers community. A copy of the event flyer and a completed business purpose form must be submitted to our office for approval at least two weeks prior to the event. Once the request is reviewed and approved, Senior Program Coordinator James Register will work with the instructor on making all necessary arrangements.


Resources

Our faculty brochure [pdf] provides an overview of the Byrne Seminars program.

Please review our syllabus guide [doc] for required items such as academic integrity, absence reporting, and disability services. You can also download a complete sample syllabus [doc] and Byrne letterhead [doc].