Teaching in Honors

Call for Proposals

The University Honors Program provides faculty with opportunities to work with academically strong students, many of whom will soon move into departments across campus, while at the same time they continue to take Honors core courses. We welcome faculty course proposals that connect with the mission of the Honors curriculum and program goals.

Students involved in Honors are intentionally engaged in an interdisciplinary and experientially focused curriculum with critical reflection embedded within the program. In addition, faculty will have the opportunity to work with students who come to the UW with a 3.92 high school GPA and win all or most of the internal (presidential and dean's medals) and external (Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Cambridge fellowships, etc.) awards.

Faculty teaching in Honors are part of the Program community and are asked to attend afternoon 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 Honors Educational Goals and promote reflection by incorporating the Honors Portfolio into course assignments, ideally using the portfolio as a portal for these portfolio assignments.

For more information, see our webpages about the Honors core curriculum and previous course offerings.

As a reminder, we compensate departments with one quarter of equivalent TAship funding. While we recognize that this does not fully compensate a department for a core class, faculty and departments benefit by introducing the department and its discipline to our students, students who often consider majoring in the departments which have offered Honors courses. In addition, Honors instructors are encouraged to test out new courses with us and then bring them back to their home departments. Finally, instructors in our courses have almost universally enjoyed teaching the smaller classes (capped at 35) with engaged students from across the academic horizon.

If interested in teaching a course during the 2016-17 academic year, submit a course proposal and also send an email to Associate Director, Julie Villegas (villegas@uw.edu) and Director, Vicky Lawson (lawson@uw.edu). The deadline for submitting course proposals for 2016-17 is Monday, November 16, 2015; however, we encourage early submission. Please contact us if you have any questions concerning the proposal process or, more generally, the Honors Program.

If you are currently teaching in the Honors Program (during the 2015-2016 year) and interested in teaching during 2016-2017, you are still required to submit a course proposal.

There are several ways you can contribute to instruction in the Honors Program:

  1. Teaching an Honors core course. If you are interested in offering a course, please send Julie Villegas (villegas@uw.edu) and Vicky Lawson (lawson@uw.edu) an e-mail indicating your interest and complete our Course Proposal Survey. Please send us your proposals during summer and into fall quarter. You will receive notice from us at no later than the beginning of winter quarter as to whether or not we will be able to include your course in next year's offerings.

  2. Cross-listing a course. Each quarter, we work with departments across campus to make cross-listed courses available within our core curriculum. Some examples from our curriculum include: HONORS/ANTHRO: "Seminar in Translation and Culture" (taught by a faculty member in Anthropology); HONORS/CHID: "A Way of Knowing" (taught by a faculty member in Physics). When a course is cross-listed, it is expected that the course will be taught at an Honors level.

  3. Offer an Honors section as part of your larger lecture course (please submit course proposal). Honors sections must require additional and/or different work, at an Honors level, than other sections. If proposing a section or “wither” of a graduate seminar, then no Honors adjustment is necessary.
  4. Referring another UW professor or community scholars to our program. (N.b., a small number of Honors courses are offered by community scholars, such as Eric Liu, former speechwriter and deputy domestic policy adviser for President Clinton).

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