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 2021-Spring 2022

Proposals for either Fall 2021 or Spring 2022:

Due:  November 16th 2020.  Results will be announced by December 16, 2020

Proposals for Spring 2022:

Due:  March 5th, 2021.  Resuts will be announced by April 2nd 2021.

The University Honors Program invites SIUC faculty to propose courses for our Fall 21-Spring 2022  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 (co-convening your courses, together the class size will not exceed 20).
  • Please submit your proposal using this 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 2021-Spring 2022 theme is: The state of climate emergency:  The earth and us.  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. 

Course Proposals are vetted by the Honors Advisory Councilcomprised of faculty from all the Colleges.  Current members are:

Stacey McKinney   Health & Human Sciences                          Dr. Satoshi Toyosaki      Liberal Arts

Dr. Lisa Brooten   Communication and Media arts                   Dr. John Fraedrich        Business & Analytics

Dr. John Farrish   Agricultural, life, and Physical Sciences           Dr. Bobbi Knapp    Health & Human Sciences

Dr. Kelly Bender   Agricultural, life, and Physical Sciences          Dr. Shaikh S. Ahmed    Engineering

Call for proposals for the themed cluster