FIG Leader

As a FIG leader, you’ll gain valuable experience for the future while helping students succeed in their transition to college.

If you are interested in the Engineering Peer Educator position please visit the EPE website

The applications have closed for the FIG Leader position and will reopen in December 2019. 

  • Description

    New First-year Interest Group (FIG) Leader

    FIG Leaders serve as a mentor to first-year students. As peer educators, FIG Leaders create lesson plans and activities to be used in the General Studies 199 course (GEN ST 199) and teach a section of that course for freshman or transfer students in the fall quarter. FIG Leaders develop community within their class, connect students to campus resources and hold students accountable to course expectations.

    This experience gives you the chance to earn course credit while enhancing leadership skills that will assist you in future professional endeavors. In addition, you will take part in a program that has become a significant part of the UW student experience! 

    • FIGs are groups of 20 to 25 first-year students co-enrolled in a cluster of classes in the fall quarter.
    • Transfer FIGs (T-FIGs) are groups of 20 to 25 new transfer students who take one class together in the fall quarter.
    • Each FIG includes a section of GEN ST 199, a course facilitated by the FIG Leader who serves as a teacher and a mentor to the students in the FIG.
    • The purpose of GEN ST 199 is to help students understand what the UW expects of them, to help students understand what they can expect of the UW, and to take active steps toward maximizing their educational experiences. It is structured around topics such as social issues, diversity, academic planning, campus resources and major exploration.
    • FIG Leaders collaborate with each other to develop lesson plans that help fulfill the purpose of GEN ST 199 and support new students as they develop confidence in navigating the UW and Seattle. 

    Returning First-year Interest Group (FIG) Leader 

    In addition to the duties outlined above, Returning FIG Leaders:

    • Serve as a mentor to first-year students and other FIG Leaders, while also contributing to the development of the FIG Leader community.
  • Responsibilities
    • Attend GEN ST 470 in the spring quarter. As part of this course, develop lesson modules building on the curricular framework provided by the FIG Program.
    • Attend Pre-Quarter Training (9/20/19) and Husky Kick-Off (9/22/19), before the beginning of the autumn quarter.
    • Teach a section of GEN ST 199 in the autumn quarter, be prepared for every class session, build community, and communicate regularly with students enrolled in your section.
    • Attend GEN ST 470 in the autumn quarter in addition to teaching GEN ST 199.
    • Check email regularly, since all communication will be through email.
  • Commitments & Class Times

    Spring Quarter: GEN ST 470

    • 1 hour, 50 minutes of class per week.
    • This class offers intensive training in public speaking, facilitation, lesson plan development, and leadership. FIG Leaders are expected to enroll in one lecture and one quiz section listed below:
    • Lecture Sections: Tuesdays (2:30 - 3:20 p.m.) or Wednesdays (2:30 - 3:20 p.m.)
    • Quiz Sections: Tuesdays (3:30 - 4:20 p.m.), Wednesdays (3:30 - 4:20 p.m.), or Fridays (9:30 - 10:20 a.m.).

    Summer Quarter: Pre-Quarter Training & Husky Kick-Off

    • All FIG Leaders are expected to return to campus before the autumn quarter begins for the following two events:
    • Pre-Quarter Training: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
    • Husky Kick-Off: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 (12 - 5 p.m.)

    Autumn Quarter: GEN ST 470 & GEN ST 199

    Training will continue throughout the autumn quarter, consisting of weekly small-group FIG Leader meetings (times vary). Of course, you will also be teaching your own section of GEN ST 199.

  • Qualifications

    General Competencies:

    • Communication: Demonstrates an ability to communicate ideas clearly.
    • Learning & Reasoning: Demonstrates an ability to use critical thinking skills to make decisions.
    • Interpersonal Interaction: Demonstrates an ability to develop relationships effectively.
    • Self-awareness & Development: Demonstrates an ability to utilize personal experiences to grow.

    Position-specific Qualifications: FIG Leader

    • Must be enrolled as a UW-Seattle undergraduate (having previously been in a FIG is not required).
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills: be ready to listen and respond to individuals' questions and concerns; the ability to help others problem-solve and make decisions.
    • Cooperation skills: be willing and able to plan GEN ST 199 structure with other FIG Leaders.
    • Public speaking abilities: be comfortable interacting with audiences from 20-25 people.
    • Commitment: fulfill your responsibilities as a peer leader throughout the spring and autumn quarter.
    • Multitasking: be able to balance a variety of activities, including academics and extra-curricular activities.
  • Compensation & Employment Benefits
    • One to three (1-3) variable credits for each quarter of your enrollment in GEN ST 470 Student Leadership Development: First Year Transitions, for a total of 6 credits.
    • Husky Kick-Off uniform, which includes a FIG Leader t-shirt.
  • Application: New FIG Leaders

    Essay questions are listed below. We encourage you to compose your responses outside of the application first and then copy & paste into the application text boxes. Your responses are limited to 1500 characters or approximately 250 words per question, so please double check that your responses fit after you paste them into the application. 

    1. Why do you want to be a FIG Leader? What skills do you hope to develop or improve upon as a FIG Leader and why? 
    2. What is something that you wish you would have known in your first year at the University of Washington related to your transition? Please explain why.
    3. Tell us about a classroom learning experience (positive or negative). How would you apply that experience to teaching a FIG and why?
    4. Tell us about an experience outside of the classroom that had an impact on your personal growth. Explain the experience, how it impacted your personal growth, and how you would use that to help first-year students.

    Acknowledgement

    Please note that in order to access the application, you will be asked to sign in with your UW Net ID and password. This gives FYP staff access to your academic records to verify that you are in good academic standing. FYP will also verify that you are in good disciplinary standing with the office of Community Standards and Student Conduct. Please note that a low GPA or disciplinary record does not automatically disqualify applicants from the position.

    The applications have closed for the FIG Leader position. 

  • Application: Returning FIG Leaders

    Essay questions are listed below. We encourage you to compose your responses outside of the application first and then copy & paste into the application text boxes. Your responses are limited to 1500 characters or approximately 250 words per question, so please double check that your responses fit after you paste them into the application. 

    1. Why do you want to return to the FIG Leader position? What skills do you hope to develop or improve upon as a FIG leader and why?
    2. How will you change your approach to teaching? Please provide an example of why you are considering this change. 
    3. What do you consider to be your biggest success as a FIG Leader? How would you mentor new FIG Leaders to experience similar successes? 
    4. List three (3) things you learned in the spring training class and how you utilized each as a FIG Leader in the fall. 

    Acknowledgement

    Please note that in order to access the application, you will be asked to sign in with your UW Net ID and password. This gives FYP staff access to your academic records to verify that you are in good academic standing. FYP will also verify that you are in good disciplinary standing with the office of Community Standards and Student Conduct. Please note that a low GPA or disciplinary record does not automatically disqualify applicants from the position.

    The applications have closed for the Returning FIG Leader position. 

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