Honors 3260 – Call for Proposals

The Honors College has closed ended the proposal submission window for Honors 3260 Colloquia for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. We anticipate offering at least 5 seminars next fall and 4 in spring, and we invite you to propose a topic.

The purpose of the colloquium is to provide Honors students with the opportunity to explore a compelling topic or question from an interdisciplinary perspective. In the strict sense, colloquia are led by a series of different leaders, but we use the term less strictly.  Honors colloquia are led usually by one faculty member, but frequently include guests from other disciplines (and are sometimes team-taught). These colloquia should foster critical thinking and writing, and should inspire conversations between students as much as between students and the faculty member (s). The theme of the course should grow out of the faculty member’s research interests, but needs to be accessible to a range of advanced students across majors, We 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.

Examples of Past HON3260 Courses 

Honors 3260 meets once a week for three hours of elective credit. This credit counts toward the 120 hours needed for graduation. Student pursuing the Honors College Distinction of Advanced Honors must enroll in two of these colloquia. Sections are limited to 15 or fewer students, and grading is by letter. Exams are not prohibited, but are also not the norm. Sections often culminate in a paper or project that develops over the semester and allows students to demonstrate growth in knowledge and critical thinking through writing and oral discussion or presentation. We encourage faculty to design creative course with either innovative or tried and true University and Honors College 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. All sections will meet in the Honors College and will be able to take advantage of state of the art instructional technology.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, up to two sections of HON 3260 in the fall and two in the semester can be team-taught. Team Teaching: Benefits and Challenges, is an excellent resource for faculty considering a joint proposal.

Limited funding is available for course activities, depending on budgetary constraints.

Proposals for Honors 3260 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. The Honors College will compensate departments, not individual faculty members, $5,000 for each successful proposal. 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.

The Honors College Faculty Affiliate Curriculum Committee will evaluate the proposals, according to the following criteria:

  1. Potential interest in the course by students beyond their first 30 credits
  2. Specific learning objectives
  3. Creativity in in overall course design
  4. Specific and reasonable requirements for a 3-credit course and grading policy
  5. Relevance of topic to the university’s strategic plan
  6. Appropriate plan for use of funds if requested
  7. Plan to implement team teaching, if applicable
  8. Plan for ensuring the course is interdisciplinary

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.

Proposals include:

  1. A brief description of the seminar
  2. Specific learning objectives
  3. Course requirements, assessment plan, and grading policy
  4. Plan for implementing team teaching, if applicable
  5. Plan for ensuring the course is interdisciplinary
  6. 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.
  7. If you require funds for course activities, provide a budget that includes a justification of expenditures.
  8. 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.

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