Call for Course Proposals

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students make SIU sign
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 22-Spring 23

Due:  October 22, 2021.  Results will be announced by December 3, 2020

The University Honors Program invites SIUC faculty to propose courses for our Fall 22-Spring 2023 UHON 351 seminars. Honors students take these UHON seminars to fulfil their University Core requirements.  The goal is to introduce students to the foundations of intellectual enquiry in a comprehensive research university within the seminar-style model of collaborative learning.  Seminars are dialogic. Faculty and students engage in debate and discussion grounded in texts and materials that the class is considering. 

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. 

In developing your course proposal, please consider: How does the course introduce students, especially non-majors, to the significance of your field or study?  How does your method of analysis and research help examine how knowledge shapes our world and is shaped by it? How does your pedagogy engage students in experimenting with and communicating concepts such that they make deeper connections with each other and faculty?  How does your subject 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. 

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 faculty member’s academic unit 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 2022-Spring 2023 theme is Migration and Borders.  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 Council, comprised of faculty from all the Colleges.  Current members are:

Stacey McKinney   Health & Human Sciences                          Satoshi Toyosaki      Liberal Arts

Cade Bursell   Arts and Media                                              John Fraedrich        Business & Analytics

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

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

Call for proposals for the themed cluster