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University Connections

Teaching USU 1010

The Connections instructor application deadline has passed. More information will be sent to current applicants within the week.

Connections instructors have a tremendous impact on their students' transition to college. Like all teaching positions, this job is both challenging and rewarding. The Connections office provides instructors with a set curriculum and a partially set schedule, and then allows each instructor to customize portions of the course, making each section unique.

Instructor Task List and Timeline

  • Attend Training
  • April 9 or 13 for New Instructors
  • April 15, 16, or 21 for New and Returning Instructors
  • Sign Electronic ESC Form
  • Read Instructor Manual
  • Meet with Peer Mentor
  • Complete Initial Schedule and Begin Canvas Checklist
May - July
  • Attend Optional Brown Bags August 6 and 17
  • Attend Training: August 18
  • Email Class an Introduction by August 18
  • Publish Syllabus/Schedule to Canvas by August 18 (Aug 10 for new instructors)
  • Teach Connections August 26-29
  • Teach Follow-Up Sessions
  • Grade Assignments
  • Submit Receipts
  • Remind Students of Due Dates
  • Submit Grades to Banner by October 5
  • Hold follow-up meeting with students week of October 5
  • Submit Receipt from October Follow-Up
  • Complete Instructor Course Evaluation


Faculty and staff members are welcome to apply to teach Connections. If you have questions about your teaching eligibility, please contact Lisa Hancock at lisa.hancock@usu.edu.

2015 Instructor Responsibilities

Connections Overview

Connections is an early-semester course taught August 26-29, with two or three additional follow up sessions in the first weeks of fall semester, and one class follow-up during the week of October 5. It has a standard curriculum across all 75 sections, and allows instructors the opportunity to add additional insights.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

The course objectives and outcomes are central to all activities and instruction during the course. They can be found here.

Sample Schedule and Syllabus

Sample 2014 Connections Schedule

Sample 2014 Syllabus

Job Responsibilities

Specific job responsibilities, as well as resources provided to instructors, can be found in the instructor application. If you have specific questions about instructor responsibilities, the time commitment, or anything else, please contact a member of the Connections Advisory Committee or contact Lisa Hancock at 435-797-1125.


Instructors are paid $1700 upon fulfilling the course responsibilities. Payment is made via payroll deposit.


First-time instructors attend three training meetings for a total of 4 hours. Returning instructors attend two training meetings for a total of 3 hours.

  • First-time instructor training: (choose one)
    • Thursday, April 9 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., TSC 246
    • Monday, April 13 from 8:00-9:00 a.m., TSC 246
  • Spring Training for new and returning instructors: (choose one)
    • Wednesday, April 15 from 11:30-1:00 p.m., AGRS 135
    • Thursday, April 16 from 3:00-4:30 p.m., AGRS 135
    • Tuesday, April 21 from 8:00-9:30 a.m., AGRS 135
  • Fall training for new and returning instructors: August 18 12:30-2:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Optional brown-bag discussions for new and returning instructors:
    • Thursday, August 6, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Tips and suggestions for scheduling your class, Q&A with other instructors
    • Monday, August 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Teaching the big ideas of Connections, suggestions for incorporating literature selection, Q&A with other instructors

Instructor Resources

Connections instructors can refer to a collection of lesson plans, icebreakers, ideas, and short videos that can be used in class.