From The Director

A Unique Learning Opportunity for First Year Students

As a longtime First Year Seminar (FYS) instructor, it is my pleasure and privilege to be its director. FYS courses are an opportunity for first year students to have a different kind of learning experience. The courses have an interdisciplinary focus and emphasize student engagement, experiential learning, and inquiry. Our instructors are faculty, graduate fellows, staff and senior administrators who bring their passion and experience to bear in a dynamic learning environment. With so many topics to choose from, I am confident that every student will find a course for them.

As always, we give thanks to our generous donors for keeping this program strong for years to come!


Ian R. Newby-Clark, PhD
Director, First Year Seminars Program
Professor, Psychology

Email the Director

519-824-4120, Ext. 53517