Faculty & Staff
Our students’ first-year at Lehigh is a critical time of change and
exploration. We have named the first-year experience “evoLUtion” for
its definition being the gradual process in which something changes
into a different, more complex or better form.
To best help students adjust, we have created opportunities which
extend beyond Orientation and address social and academic transitional
issues that they are likely to face during their first year at the
We believe that students should direct their learning
experiences while in college. In order to assist in that process we
exposing students to five learning outcomes:
- Creative curiosity
- Identity Development
- Collaborative Connections
- Inclusive Leadership
- Professional Growth and Success
The Office of the First-Year experience can provide
resources to faculty and staff so you can better understand the
experience or engage with students through various learning
sponsored by our office.
The two most common ways that faculty or staff
first-year students are by being an evoLUtion Seminar facilitator or a
Reading Discussion Leader.
The Office of the First-Year Experience (OFYE) is looking for
enthusiastic and engaging faculty and staff who are interested in
shaping the lives of first-year students by participating in one
or both of the following program opportunities:
evoLUtion Seminar Facilitator: Lead our
8-week seminar experience and work with a small group of 20 first-year
students and an upper-class Orientation Leader. A detailed outline
and training for the seminar will be provided.
The goals of the evoLUtion Seminar are to:
- Provide an introduction to the university, its mission, structure
- Introduce students to academic and residential expectations and
- Assist students in developing information literacy skills
- Provide students with an introductory opportunity to explore their
individual identity and learn about the diverse nature of the
Lehigh, South Bethlehem, and global communities
- Enhance students' ability to work in groups/teams
- Further expose students to the importance of writing and critical
thinking skills in the first year
- Guide students in the development of personal and academic goals
for their college experience
If you are interested in becoming an evoLUtion
facilitator the application process begins in February and the
apply is usually the end of March.
Facilitators must attend various trainings and
stipend for their time.
The goal of the Summer Reading program is to engage
in an intellectual experience with their peers before they come to
year a committee of faculty, staff and students select a book that
the entire University community. Faculty and Staff are invited to lead
about the book during Orientation.
This year’s selection is the Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse.
If you are interested in serving as a Discussion
please complete this form. All discussions will take place on Sunday,
from 3:00-4:30pm. Discussion Leaders will be provided with a
and will be partnered with an Orientation Leader.
To apply for either the evoLUtion Seminar Facilitator or Summer
Reading Discussion Leader, please complete the interest
form. We will notify the selected facilitators in June. If you
have any questions please contact Allsion Ragon, 610-758-1300.
FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE ASSESMENT
is available online.