Call for Course Proposals

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Kate Held and Evan Tollins find their center on the planet making the SIU sign. From Professor Cade Bursell's Fall 2019 Honors Seminar, Forests and Humans.

Call for Course Proposals:  Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

The University Honors Program invites SIUC faculty to propose courses for our Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 UHON 351 seminars. Honors students take these UHON seminars to fulfil their University Core requirements.  These classes introduce students to the foundations of intellectual enquiry in a comprehensive research university within the seminar-style model of collaborative learning.  We encourage experimental and interdisciplinary approaches that integrate theory and practice, the university and the community, and foster habits of critical thinking.  These foundational courses are not surveys in specific disciplines.  Rather, the objective is to engage students in exploring the big questions embedded in discipline/s, approaches or methods; and to deepen and broaden their ability to untangle major problems that confront us.  Why is your field of study important?  What does your method of analysis and research contribute to our understanding of the world and our place in it?  How does your pedagogy engage students in experimenting with and communicating concepts presented in your course?  How does your topic help students feel some sense of control over their lives? 

All SIUC faculty – from the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, and pre-professional programs -- are encouraged to apply. 

  • You may submit individually or in pairs.
  • Please specify if you are proposing for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 or are open to teaching in either semester (noting preference if you have any).
  • A call for proposals for Spring 2021 will be posted in February 2020.
  • Please submit your proposal with the attached Course Proposal Form.

We invite proposals in either one of the following two categories:

  1. General call for proposals: A topic of your choice that would be of interest to undergraduate majors from an array of academic disciplines. Remuneration:  faculty incentive, i.e., $3200 in OTS, if taught in addition to regular teaching duties; or Department incentive, i.e., $3200 to the Department for release of faculty to teach the course.   
  2. Call for Honors Teaching Fellows in Cluster: You will join a cluster of Honors faculty whose classes coalesce around a specific theme.  Our Fall 2020-Spring 2021 theme is: From Cradle to Cradle.  Faculty in the cluster will participate in occasional seminars with others in the cluster, including graduate and undergraduates (by invitation); and make one public presentation on their research-teaching in the semester.  The Honors program will also coordinate our distinguished speaker series with the theme.    Honors teaching fellows will teach their courses on load and receive $3200 in OTS.

Due:  November 25th 2019.  Results will be announced by December 20th 2019.

Course Proposals are vetted by the Honors Advisory Council