Teaching in Honors

Call for Proposals

The Honors Program, a division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, is currently accepting course proposals from individuals in all disciplines interested in working with motivated undergraduates eager to take on intellectual risks and deepen their university experience. Through the Honors Program’s interdisciplinary curriculum, students from across campus work with instructors in challenging classes and engage in experiential learning via research, service, international experiences, leadership, and internships.

Faculty teaching in Honors are part of the Program community and are asked to attend workshops (approximately two hours) in autumn and spring quarter, as well as attend selected events to promote mentorship opportunities for both students and instructors alike. It is also expected that our instructors incorporate the educational goals of the Honors Program and promote reflection by incorporating the Honors portfolio into course assignments, ideally using the portfolio as a portal for these reflective assignments.

We are also delighted to announce the new Interdisciplinary Field Studies Program. Proposals for field studies course are currently being accepted, via this proposal form, for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Proposals for Field Studies programs for summer 2017 must be submitted by Monday, October 3.

Honors classes are a wonderful opportunity to experiment with either substance and/or pedagogy that you may have been thinking about but have not had space or time to develop in your regular teaching load. The Honors Program provides compensation to departments through either replacement TA or instructor funds, or direct compensation to faculty.

If you are currently teaching in the Honors Program (during the 2016-2017 year) and interested in teaching during 2017-2018, we ask that you submit a course proposal to ensure that your course continues to be considered for our line-up in 2017-2018.

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 21, 2016; we encourage early submission. Late submissions are considered on a space available basis.

If proposing a course at this time is not possible, please consider the following:

  1. "Wither" or "Cross-list" a course. In select situations, we work with departments across campus to make cross-listed courses available within our core curriculum. To be "withered" or more formally "cross-listed", course content should reflect Honors-level expectations and educational objectives.
  2. Offer an Honors section as part of your larger lecture course. Honors sections must require additional and/or different work, at an Honors level, distinguishing them from other sections. If proposing a section or “wither” of a graduate course, then no adjustment of curriculum is necessary.
  3. Refer another UW professor, instructor, or community scholar to our program. Forward this email and/or have them contact us directly.

Please contact either the Director or Associate Director for more information on teaching in Honors and joining our vibrant community:

Victoria Lawson
Director, University Honors Program

Julie S. Villegas, Ph.D.
Associate Director, University Honors Program