Each semester, more than 60 faculty and staff from across campus are engaged in Honors. Honors-affiliated faculty:
- Teach an honors college seminar or department honors course,
- Coordinate interdisciplinary and disciplinary honors curricula,
- Mentor honors option agreements or student research projects, or
- Serve on a faculty committee hosted by Honors.
Honors invites faculty to work individually and in collaboration with their colleges to increase student opportunities across campus and lead students to do more meaningful work. Faculty engagement in Honors often meets guidelines for UNISCOPE Service or Teaching Scholarship.
Faculty are invited to develop and teach Honors College seminars including first-year seminars. To propose an honors college seminar, complete the Seminar Course Proposal form. Courses are reviewed by the Honors College Faculty Council. Instructors who are invited to teach will be required to submit a new course proposal through the Course Information Management (CIM) system.
Faculty also may use the course proposal form to request to teach an existing HNRS seminar course, such as HNRS 351 Survey of Leadership, HNRS 352 Survey of Law and Public Policy, or HNRS 486 Collaborative Research.
Departmental honors courses: Departments may offer an honors (H- suffix) section of any existing department course by adding a cross-listed course through the Course Information Management system (CIM).
Interested faculty may serve as an undergraduate research mentor, as a member of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity grants committee, or on the Cohen Honors College Faculty Council, the faculty governance board that oversees Honors curriculum and academic affairs.
Background and Purpose
The first Honors Faculty Fellows served in summer 2013 to develop the Honors College concept and curriculum. These faculty, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate Honors Committee, articulated the college vision and intended benefits that current Honors-affiliated faculty and faculty fellows support.
Approximately 350 new students have been admitted to Honors for fall 2019, and we are on track to grow to 800 students by fall 2020. More than 60 areas of study across campus have at least one Honors student. With expanded student space in Shocker Hall open in August 2019 and steady increases in Honors enrollment, we are again at a point of transition and seek to more actively engage faculty and staff in sustaining Honors development and increasing or improving Honors experiences across campus.
Fellows often propose research and implementation of high-impact practices/programs such as the recent first-year research experience program (FYRE) developed by a faculty fellow in 2017-18.
Submit to: Campus Box 102 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A two- to three-page proposal (statement of interest) that includes background sources, if appropriate, information about why you are interested in Honors or high-impact practices, what prepares you for this work, a timeline and budget;
- A curriculum vitae; and
- A letter of support from your department chair or supervisor.
Selection: Final fellow appointments are made by the Honors College Dean based on the Honors College Faculty Council application review and recommendations. Fellow nominations are welcome from other academic college deans.
By May 1st of each year for work during the following academic year. By March 1st for work during the summer.
All fulltime faculty and staff are eligible to serve as Cohen Honors Faculty Fellows. Some Honors -affiliated teaching faculty are selected as fellows based on their tenure of teaching within Honors or on a course proposal in an area such as first-year teaching or study abroad.
Departments, offices, and colleges may submit proposals for development of substantial honors experiences in their college/unit or for collaboration across areas. All individual applications must include a letter of support from the department chair/supervisor.
Fellows agree to serve a one- or two-year appointment with possibility for renewal based on project goals and measures. Fellows will establish project goals and measures in collaboration with their chair/supervisor, and the Honors College Dean at the beginning of the fellowship period.
In addition to individual work toward their proposed course or project, fellows are asked to meet once per semester as a group to share project developments including research findings, best practices, challenges, and questions.
Honors partners with colleges to fund release time or overload and/or professional development such as conference travel, depending on department capacity and project goals. The standard summer stipend for curriculum development or other administrative work is $1500.
Challenge students to do more meaningful work. An ideal Honors course is, at its core, a laboratory. It boldly challenges assumptions about what we know and how we learn. It emphasizes rigor along with exploration, creativity, and discovery. It should provoke students to engage actively in the learning process. It should empower students to participate in academic dialogue, solve real-world problems through research, and draw creative and compelling connections within and across disciplines.
In addition to University General Education outcomes, Honors education aims to help students:
- Develop their ability to analyze and synthesize a broad range of material;
- Understand how scholars and professionals think about problems, formulate hypotheses, research those problems, and draw conclusions about them; and/or to help students understand how creative artists approach the creative process and produce an original work;
- Become more independent and critical thinkers, demonstrating the ability to use knowledge and logic when discussing an issue or an idea, while considering the consequences of their ideas, for themselves, for others, and for society;
- Work collaboratively in diverse groups;
- Reflect on individual and professional development.
Visit the National Collegiate Honors Council website for sample syllabi and more information about Honors teaching and learning. NCHC journals regularly publish articles on Honors education, methodology, and related topics such as “What is Expected of Twenty-First-Century Honors Students: An Analysis of an Integrative Learning Experience.”
What is Honors Education? from the National Collegiate Honors Council