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We ask fo your patience. Be assured you will have plenty of notice. Typically, it takes place the Thursday before Disocver Chicago begins.
New Student Service Day (NSSD) provides new students with the opportunity to become acquainted firsthand with DePaul’s Vincentian mission, as well as their new DePaul family. In 2020 it’s going to be different but just as meaningful. We will keep you posted as plans are finalized. Meanwhile, if you are seeking more information, please contact Katie Sullivan, in University Ministry, Student Center 311, 773-325-4490.
The “Great Starts” meeting for all members of Explore Chicago teaching teams is typically held the day before the official start of Autumn Quarter classes.
Common Hour (Chicago Quarter)
Within each Chicago Quarter class, one hour of class each week (10 hours total) is dedicated to Common Hour, a co-curricular program designed to address common issues of transition for first-year students. Common Hour is comprised of information sessions, discussions, activities and workshops led by Chicago Quarter Mentors and staff professionals and designed to help students make a successful academic and developmental transition into DePaul University. The curriculum centers on three key ideas: understanding and believing in myself; connecting to the DePaul community; and transitioning to college.
Assessment data about Common Hour show that faculty participation in Common Hour has an important and positive effect. While Common Hour is conducted primarily by the Chicago Quarter Mentor and Staff Professional, faculty presence and participation reinforce several key ideas: that the course is team-taught, not taught by a tag-team; that Common Hour involves serious work that is important to student success in this class and beyond. While never taking over the Common Hour, faculty can serve as a good source of feedback and an important support for the staff professional and student mentor.
The Chicago Quarter course proposal deadline is set for December 15 in order to meet the mid-March date when information about Chicago Quarter courses is posted online for the incoming students to view. The intervening three-month period is necessary to allow the committee to review, possibly request revisions, and finally approve new course proposals; and then for the Office of the First-Year Program to coordinate the scheduling of 100+ sections of Discover and Explore Chicago in coordination with some 40 departments and programs drawn from across the colleges and schools of the university, followed by NSFE's assignment of teaching teams.
The February 1 Focal Point proposal deadline is set for similar reasons to allow for a thorough approval process followed by the scheduling of Focal Point classes, which takes place during the spring quarter; it also allows faculty interested in proposing a FY@broad section the opportunity to apply for a QIC travel grant.
Instructors may request office space in the Loop (on the 16th floor of the Lewis Center) during the quarter they are teaching there. Instructors teaching in the Loop should expect to receive an email about office space, mailboxes, etc. about a month before the quarter starts. If the start of classes is fast approaching and you have not received such an email (or if you simply want to take care of things earlier), please contact Eunice Morales, Lewis 1630, 312-362-8882.
Staff (Chicago Quarter)
Contact NSFE , the Office of New Student & Family Engagement, 773-325-7360, and request an application form. The application deadline for staff professionals is in February.
While the Chicago Quarter teaching teams are designed to provide students with connections to people occupying three different university roles (faculty, staff, student), some DePaul staff members, with advanced degrees and college teaching experience as instructor of record, do teach in the First-Year Program, in some cases having taken on an existing course, in other cases having had a new course proposal approved. Typically, they have first served as Chicago Quarter staff professionals.