FSEM Reflection Link and Payment Details

Hello all,

I hope this email finds you all in good health. We would like to ask if you could please take some time over the Winter break to reflect on how this unique Covid Fall quarter went for your FSEM class. We value your opinions and would greatly appreciate you responding to the survey. (Link below)

$150 will be added to your February paycheck if you respond no later the January 10th.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns and as always thank you for your dedication to the FSEM program. It is so successful because of your hard work. In partnership- Monica & Heather


FSEM Faculty Reflections and RFPs for Fall 2021


Hi all-

Hope you had a wonderful break last week and are moving into finals week seamlessly.  Just 2 quick things to let you know about since I have received questions about them.

1-The 2020 FSEM Faculty reflection assessment survey will be coming to you in the next few weeks. Please take the time to complete it and I will add $150 to your Feb. 1st paycheck. I will send an announcement once it is open for your responses.

2- Please start thinking about submitting a FSEM proposal for Fall 2021. The RPF will be coming out in January with a due date of approximately mid-March.  We look forward to working with you and offering your FSEM class again.  As always please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we wrap up this quarter.

Be Well!

Best, Monica

11/6 Announcement from Academic Advising

Student Success Coaching

Meet one-on-one with a Student Success Coach to improve your college performance! Topics are customized to fit your individual needs, including goal setting, time management, stress management, study skills, discovering your strengths, and connecting with resources. Please click here for more information and to schedule a remote appointment.

Updates and Announcements 10/26-10/30

Reminder from last week:

Today marks the next phase of our research in Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence using the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Survey.  The survey is designed to bring us insight about  social, cultural, and community experiences among our undergraduate, graduate, and law students. The survey will be available online from today until 12/4.  Students have all received an email invitation with a unique link to complete the survey.  We are hopeful that we can capture as many student voices in this research as possible. 

One of  goals is to gather enough data to inform specific departments and areas of student support in order to provide meaningful and informative data for the DU Community.  As such, we welcome any support in encouraging students to complete the survey.  Attached you will also find a flyer about the survey with information about the survey and giveaway incentives.  This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Denver Institutional Review Board.  For questions or clarification, please feel free to follow up via email.  We look forward to partnering with you in this endeavor as we continue to support our student community.


As you advise students for Winter 2021, you may find helpful the attached document with information for faculty about WRIT courses. The majority of students will take WRIT 1122 in the Winter, and the Writing Program offers a variety of different options and themes for students to consider, all listed in this attached document.

As always, if you or your students have questions, please email me (richard.colby@du.edu)


  1. Please see the invite from Grand Challenges for your students.

2. Good morning everyone—thanks to each of you for your efforts to promote a safe and healthy community. We value student input and feedback, and we’d appreciate hearing more from you as we seek to continually improve our communication, programs, and protocols. Please take a moment to tell us more about your fall quarter experiences in a brief (less than 5 minutes) eight-question survey and to share suggestions you may have for fall and winter.

You can take the survey by clicking here. (PioneerWeb login required.)

Please let me know if you have any questions – keep safe and stay well.

With appreciation, Todd Adams
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Updates and Announcements: 10/19-10/23


  1. The attachment below is for you to pass along to any of your FSEM students who may be a liberal arts major about a new 1st Generation Student support offering in the CAHSS. 

2. Be Advised:  Winter Quarter 2021 registration has been moved two weeks later than originally scheduled.

Winter 2021 Registration 

  • Monday, Nov 2nd
    • Academic Advising and Registration Period Begins and Alternate Pins are ready for deletion. All undergraduate students should be advised and cleared to register by Friday, Nov 13th.
  • Friday, Nov 13th
    • Early Registration for Athletes and Undergraduate Students with early registration as an approved DSP Accommodation
  • Monday, Nov 16th
    • Priority Registration Begins and Honors/ROTC student registration 
  • Friday, Nov 20th
    • Winter 2021 New Student registration begins

Academic Advising and Pin Deletion

  • ALL First- year students should meet with their FSEM mentor to review their schedule and to have their alternate PIN deleted.
  • Business students or those intending to apply for Secondary Admissions to Daniels should attend a group advising sessions and/or meet with a Daniels Undergrad Programs Academic Advisor (303-871-6910, DCBundergrad@du.edu).

  Drop/Withdrawal Dates

  • The last day to drop a course without an instructor’s approval via PioneerWeb is Sunday, Oct 25th


As you may or may not know DU allowed students to defer to a Winter Quarter start because of COVID concerns this fall. We have 26 students who elected to begin their DU career in January 2021 and thus we believe it is extremely important to be able to offer at least one, potentially two, FSEM classes in the Winter Quarter. 

If you are interested in teaching your FSEM class again in the Winter Quarter we can offer pay overload and the additional advising stipend as the faculty instructor.  Please let me know if you are interested in this opportunity ASAP and I am happy to provide specific details to you. Thank you so much for considering this request!  

Best, Monica

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Interim Associate Director, Academic Programs


Updates and Announcements from 10/12-10/16


Due to adjustments for Covid-19, student registration for Winter 2021 has been pushed to the very end of the term (November 9–20). While it may be useful to check in with students on their intentions for winter quarter, course schedules are not currently available, so we cannot review their registration plans at the normal time. We do not yet know when schedules will be published; we will share that date when we have it. Thank you for your flexibility.


This week’s updates are from the Advising Team! 

Advising Corner

Registration preparation resources

FSEM advisors, please check out these resources and consider sending them to your students! The videos are taken from the new student registration website:

  1. Preparing for registration video
    1. Billing agreement
    2. Checking time ticket
    3. Confirming the major
  2. How to register video, part 1 (how to register for classes)
  1. Navigating the registration area in PioneerWeb
  2. How to search for courses, find course descriptions, restrictions/pre-reqs, 
  3. How to register, part 2
  1. How to search for classes by attribute
  2. Common errors you may encounter
  3. How to register for linked classes (lecture + lab)
  4. Creating course plans video
  5. Guide to the Degree Audit PDF (Registrar’s website)
  6. Degree Audit for New Students PDF

Faculty Friday Consultations 

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising in the Office of Academic Advising, is offering 30-minute faculty advisor consultations to support you with advising questions you may have.  Individual consultations will be available multiple Fridays before Registration Week (November 13-20). 

October 16, 23, 30 (select the date in order to find time slots)

Sign up here

Staff Advisor Class Visits (new FSEM faculty only)

As you prepare students for Winter registration (now starting November 13 for undergrads), please keep in mind that the Office of Academic Advising is able to visit classes for new FSEM faculty! Submit a request for a class visit here.

Update 10/9

Happy Friday! Just one announcement today:

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) at DU is starting a pilot a mentorship program for first-generation students majoring in the liberal arts. The program will involve a team support approach, providing interested first-gen CAHSS undergraduates with an opportunity to engage with a network of faculty/staff and peer first-gen mentors and/or allies. We’d love to hear from students who are interested in joining the program, both as participants and as peer mentors. Please respond by October 16th.

If you are a CAHSS undergraduate who is the first in your family to attend college, and you would be interested in having a faculty/ staff member and fellow first-gen liberal arts student help guide and support you through your college years, please email Elizabeth.Escobedo@du.edu and tell us a bit about yourself: What’s your year (freshman, sophomore, etc.) and major? What would you like in a mentor (e.g., are you looking for someone in your own major/minor? Someone who is also first-gen? Someone who shares your academic or extracurricular interests?)? What would you hope to get out of the program? Feel free to be informal and to be as detailed or general as you like. 

If you are a CAHSS undergraduate and would be interested in serving as a peer mentor, and potentially making a significant impact in a fellow student’s life, please fill out this survey: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9WUOVOJj9avbJOd

Questions? Email Elizabeth.Escobedo@du.edu or Ingrid.Tague@du.edu.

9/29 Update

Available FSEM Resources

  1. P3 Graduate Students

It’s week 3: could you use some more help in your classes?   

The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering in-class pedagogical support from graduate students! The Partners in Pedagogy Program (P3) Graduate Students are trained in best practices in Inclusive teaching and learning and are overseen and supported by OTL directors and a faculty fellow. P3 Graduate Students:   

  • provide faculty support
  • provide technical support
  • and implement fundamental tenets of inclusive pedagogy to help foster equitable and collegial environments for all students  

P3 Graduate Students engage in ongoing, deep learning experiences that develop their ability to support rich teaching and learning experiences informed by critical pedagogy. Through robust professional development, these graduate students have the necessary skills for monitoring Zoom chats and discussion boards to ensure collegial exchanges; troubleshooting technology issues related to Canvas, Zoom, and Kaltura; providing gentle safety guideline reminders to students, and more! If you are interested, please reach out to otl@du.edu and write “Need P3 support” in your message subject field. 

2. The Health & Counseling Center (HCC)

The HCC is offering virtual class visits this quarter, which can be customized to fit your course and student interests. Please visit their website to learn about options and request a visit.

3. Career & Professional Development Visits/Zoom Sessions

Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development, Carolyn Sommers is offering in-class or Zoom visits tailored to your needs. Options include an intro to Career Services, a workshop on professional values and skills, and a fill-in option when you can’t be in class. Carolyn can also partner with alumni and employers who will share more about their career journeys, the world of work, and life post-DU. For more information, email carolyn.sommers@du.edu or call 847.830.2767.

FSEM Happy Hour: Friday, September 25th, 4PM-5PM

Hello all-

We wanted to invite you to a informal BYO- everything virtual Happy Hour get together.  Since we are supporting each other through this COVID maze of FSEM teaching we wanted to bring the group together to share insights and challenges that have popped up thus far in the quarter. More specifically your approaches to working thorough some of these unforeseen obstacles.  If you can make it for even 20 minutes please stop in- we would love to see/hear from you. Please join us on Friday, September 25th from 4pm-5pm in Monica’s Zoom room. E-mail uap@du.edu for the Zoom link if you do not already have it.