Course Funding Proposals for the 2024-2025 Academic Year
We are not yet accepting course funding proposals for 2024-25, but encourage you to reach out to if you have questions or would like to discuss your Honors course idea.
The next proposal deadline will be in November.
The Honors Program encourages you to consider offering undergraduate courses as Honors courses! Honors instruction is a valued high-impact practice in L&S and provides you with an opportunity to develop innovative courses and collaborate with some of the most engaged, intellectually curious undergraduates on campus.
Funding is available to support “Honors Only” courses, including stand-alone seminars and instructor-led discussions/labs. Financial support from Honors is intended to allow departments to increase their total offerings of Honors Only courses without compromising their regular offerings.
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Which courses are most desirable for the Honors Program?
Instructors and departments from all L&S disciplines are encouraged to apply for Honors funding.
Courses with no or few prerequisites and that are open to first-year students are in high demand. Students pursuing an Honors in the Liberal Arts degree are required to take Honors courses across L&S breadth areas, which means that courses at the intermediate/advanced level with an L&S breadth designation are also highly valuable.
We welcome courses with an interdisciplinary profile. Some course characteristics that are particularly sought by students are:
- Courses that carry biological/physical/natural science breadth and could appeal to non-science majors
- Courses with literature/humanities breadth that could appeal to non-humanities majors
- Social science breadth courses with content related to natural sciences, medicine, or legal studies
What form of funding is available?
Two forms of funding are available, based on the format of the Honors Only instruction.
- For an Honors Only seminar: Short-term replacement lecturer salary (33.3% lecturer)
- For a faculty-led Honors Only discussion/lab: $1200 supplies and expense allocation
Replacement lecturer funds can enable departments to “free up” a faculty member to teach a low-enrollment Honors Only seminar and hire a lecturer to teach elsewhere in the curriculum. For large courses that will have an Honors discussion(s) or lab(s) led by the instructor of the main lecture, departments can receive a supplies & expense allocation for use by that instructor.
If you or your department have other ideas for how you would wish to use available funding or if you have questions about possibilities, do not hesitate to reach out to the Honors Program Director.
Can I receive funding for the same course more than once?
Yes. To aid with longer-term curricular planning, Honors funding is renewable (by application) for subsequent years.
- Learn more about the Honors Program, the different types of Honors courses, and possible teaching ideas.
- Talk with the Honors Program to discuss your course idea and get answers to your questions about the funding proposal.
- Check in with your department chair and curricular representative about your interest in teaching Honors, how offering Honors courses can support your unit and College-wide priorities, and course funding plans for the next academic year.
- Complete the proposal materials:
- Course funding proposal form
- Draft syllabus
- Cover letter from Chair or Associate Chair (one per department)
- Your department submits all Honors course funding proposals as a single PDF to the Honors Program Director: email@example.com.
- Departments begin preparing course plans for the following academic year.
- Faculty consider their teaching plans and can prepare Honors Only course funding proposal materials.
- Honors Course Funding Proposals are due.
- The Faculty Honors Committee will review proposals and make award decisions.
- Departments will be notified of the award status of their proposals by late December.
- Jenny Saffran, Faculty Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- General inquiries
- Please email email@example.com for all other questions.