What is a Preceptor?

This is a resource for faculty and students who are thinking about precepting or are currently involved with precepting. The site has been developed by former preceptors.

A preceptor is a student with competence in the subject who acts as a liaison between students and a professor; as a resource to the professor in and out of the classroom by providing input on course ideas and assignments, communicating student concerns, and playing a role in the classroom; as a resource to students for writing, course material, and assignments; and as a mentor who helps students in and out of the classroom to transition to the academic expectations of college.

A preceptor can be used for a Connections or NSP course. A professor wanting to use a preceptor should send an email request to Patty Hollister in the Office of the Provost.  This request should include the name, email and class year of the student that you nominate as a preceptor.  Please make sure the student has agreed to serve as your preceptor and is available at the time that you are offering the course. Preceptors will then be enrolled in INT 480 or INT 481, which is a 1 credit course. The goal of the course is to support the preceptor's experience by reading and talking about issues that lie at the heart of teaching. The course provides an invaluable forum for preceptors to work with one another and share ideas, guided by a master teacher.

What Every Preceptor and Professor Should Know