Honors 1000 – Call for Proposals
The Honors College has closed ended the proposal submission window for Honors 1000 Seminars for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. We anticipate offering approximately 15 seminars next fall and at least two in spring.
The main purpose of this course to expose students to seminar style learning. Moreover, the course is intended to provide incoming Honors students with an introduction to how a discipline develops knowledge, answers questions, or produces creative work, in a seminar related to their intended major. The theme of the seminar should grow out of the faculty member’s research interests, but it should also to be accessible to incoming freshmen with no special background in the field. We also encourage proposals that relate broadly to the university’s strategic focus on complex challenges in cities and global perspectives, but all proposals will be accepted for consideration.
Honors 1000 seminars meet once a week for one hour of elective credit. This credit counts toward the 120 hours needed for graduation. It is required of new freshman students admitted to the Honors College, but students who have earned a 3.5 GPA and apply to the Honors College after their first semester are eligible and strongly encouraged to enroll. Classes are limited to 15 or fewer students, and grading is pass/fail. Exams and lengthy papers are not prohibited, but are also not the norm. We encourage faculty to design creative course with either innovative or tried and true requirements and assessment strategies. We encourage instructors to capitalize on events taking place at the University and in the Honors College to help students cultivate a life of the mind. For example, a requirement may be to attend a campus lecture, write a reflection essay or discussion post on D2L, and then discuss the lecture in class. A second example is to have students attend one or more Honors College Lunch and Learn sessions and report what they learned to the class.
A secondary purpose of the course is to help acclimate and retain our best new students by ensuring that they have contact with a regular faculty member in a seminar setting early in their experience at Georgia State. Since it is a one-hour course, meeting once a week, it also offers senior faculty and administrators who don’t normally teach an opportunity to interact with our best incoming students.
During the first weeks of the semester, the Honors College National Fellowship and Scholarship Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Gerz-Escandon, will visit each seminar for five to ten minutes to describe her role and why students should begin exploring these competitive awards early in their careers.
Limited funding is available for course activities, depending on budgetary constraints. All sections will meet in the Honors College and will be able to take advantage of state of the art instructional technology.
Proposals for Honors 1000 will be welcomed from regular full-time faculty including lecturers and administrators in any college, as well from university-level administrators who hold a faculty appointment. Teaching an Honors Seminar is an addition to one’s regular duties, and does not substitute for another course. Regular faculty teaching Honors Seminars receive a $1,500 professional development stipend from the Honors College that can be used for travel, equipment, books, or student assistants, etc. (but is not payable as salary). The Honors College transfers these funds directly to the faculty member’s department, center, or other unit shortly after the beginning of the semester the course is taught. Reimbursements for expenses will be placed through the faculty member’s department, unit, or center.
The Honors College Faculty Affiliate Curriculum Committee will evaluate the proposals, according to the following criteria:
- Potential interest in the course by college freshmen
- Specific learning objectives
- Creativity in in overall course design
- Specific and reasonable requirements for a 1-credit course and grading policy
- Relevance of topic to the university’s strategic plan
- Appropriate plan for use of funds if requested
The committee will make recommendations to the Dean and the Associate Dean of the Honors College. Some preference will be given to proposals by senior faculty and administrators whose schedules do not normally allow them to teach. The Honors College will balance seminars across colleges and disciplines.
- A brief description of the seminar
- No more than three specific learning objectives
- Course requirements, assessment plan, and grading policy
- If you have not taught in the Honors College previously, submit a set of recent course evaluations (aka student perceptions of teaching and learning) from a course most similar to a seminar style course.
- If you require funds for course activities, provide a budget that includes a justification of expenditures.
- Note that we also require an email from your chair or head to Associate Dean Cook endorsing your proposal.
Faculty whose proposals are selected and who have not previously taught in the Honors College are required to attend an orientation/course development workshop in early May, and a brief meeting before the semester of your course. All faculty whose proposals are selected are encouraged to attend. These dates will be announced after proposals have been selected.
The deadline for submission was Friday, February 28. If you missed the submission deadline have questions about teaching/submitting please contact Associate Dean Sarah Cook.