Proposal Submission Process
Honors seminars offer an excellent opportunity for faculty members to try out new ideas in teaching and research topics, to pilot a course that they may develop for their own department or program, and/or to work with a small group (not more than 20) of excellent students.
Professors interested in proposing a seminar for the Honors Program or a departmental “H Section” should submit a proposal via email to the director for review; a hard copy, signed by the department chair, must also be submitted to the Honors Program office. The proposal should be submitted no later than May 15 for subsequent Spring and Summer offerings and November 15 for subsequent Fall and Winter offerings semesters in order for the Honors Program to have adequate time to review and comment on the course and the director can coordinate with the relevant department, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Registrar’s office in curriculum planning. Decisions will be made by August 15 for a spring semester offering and by December 15 for a fall semester offering.
Proposals should include the following information:
Faculty may be asked to meet with the HP to discuss questions about the proposal.
Upon approval, faculty will be contacted by the Director of Student Services to arrange a meeting pattern for the course if the course is to be offered under an HON heading and to collect course details if the course is to be offered as an “H section”. HON sections are capped at 20 students, and the Honors Program requests that departmental “H sections” make every effort to keep those sections at lower capacities than the regular versions of those courses. Additionally, individual departments may opt to place controlled enrollment on departmental courses, or allow open seats to be filled by non-Honors students after Honors registration has passed.
For sample proposals, please contact the director or the Honors Program office.
All proposals should be signed by the faculty member making the proposal AND by the department head. We recommend that you or your chair remain in contact with the dean of your college about your overall teaching responsibilities.
All professors offering courses through the Honors Program, including seminars, are requested to submit their syllabi to the program office at the beginning of each semester and copies of their evaluations at the end of the semester.
Course Management Procedures
The Honors Program follows the course management procedures laid out by the Office of Undergraduate Education; course offerings for Honors correspondingly will do so as well. Please contact Randolph Hollingsworth (email@example.com) or Terri Runyon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a full description of that procedure.