Would you like
to propose your own unique course, targeted to
students you want to involve? Are you interested in
teaching some of ETSU’s finest students who are
looking to be challenged in the classroom? Then
consider offering an Honors-Sponsored course through
ETSU’s Honors College.
What Is An Honors-Sponsored Course?
Honors-Sponsored Course Program
is designed to give greater numbers of
students the opportunity to experience an Honors
course at ETSU. We
also hope the program will provide
faculty members with
opportunities to investigate new
approaches to teaching existing courses (e.g.,
an honors-sponsored course section) or to offer
an entirely new course they would like to
develop. Like other honors courses offered by
the Honors College and by departments across
campus, an honors-sponsored course presents
students with the opportunity for in-depth
investigation and discussion of a given subject
through innovative teaching that encourages
students to become active participants in their
education. Such active
be fostered in
many ways, such as through any of the
following: interdisciplinary explorations;
opportunities to develop oral communication
skills through discussions
and/or presentations; community service
that investigate global/international
aspects to issues or a discipline; leadership
and teamwork development
through collaborative projects; fieldwork
and/or field trips; opportunities
and encouragement to present course work
at the Appalachian Research Forum or ETSU
Undergraduate Research Symposium, or at
other appropriate venues. The smaller class
size (max. 24 students) ensures that engaged
participation is both manageable and fulfilling.
How Do I Propose a Course?
First, a faculty
member fills out an
Course Proposal. Faculty are invited (though
certainly not required) to set up an appointment
with a representative of the Honors College to talk
more about their proposal before officially
submitting it for review.
the proposal will be reviewed by at least two
members of the Honors Faculty. If the proposal is
found wanting in any way, the faculty member will be
invited to meet with a representative of the Honors
College to discuss what improvements can be made to
the proposal before resubmission.
Features of a Strong Proposal
the course fulfills the goals of Honors-base
education; i.e., clear indication of
differentiate the course as
an “Honors” course.
A clear indication of how the
students are to be engaged and challenged
beyond the usual components of a traditional
A proposal form filled out in
its entirety, with the requisite signatures.
A copy of the course syllabus
submitted with the proposal form.
Q: How (and by whom)
do I get paid for teaching the course?
the Honors College buys out the faculty member’s
time for the course, with approval from the
department chair, which allows the department to
hire adjunct replacement. Or, if the faculty member
prefers and the chair concurs, s/he can choose to
receive the adjunct rate as overload.
Q: How can I “target”
A: Faculty have
the opportunity to target students by major, GPA,
classification, honors status, and any other
combination of factors that they might find
Q: How will the
course be listed in the schedule?
the course will be listed as an offering in the
faculty member’s department, either as an honors
section of a previously existing course (as an -088
section), or as an entirely new course (Special
Topics or an experimental course). When deemed
appropriate, the course can be offered through the
Honors College as a UHON- offering. If the course
is listed as UHON, the faculty member will need to
consult the department chair to determine if these
credits will apply to the student's degree program.
Q: Can an
Honors-sponsored course be team-taught?
A: Yes, but the
buy-out may need to be split between the two
professors, depending on circumstances and
consultation with the Dean of the Honors College.
Q: Can I offer the
course more than once?
A: Yes, but
priority will be given to those courses that have
not been offered.
Q: How many students
need to sign up for the course for it to make?
enrollment numbers apply.
Q: Can I offer a
course in the summer?
Honors-sponsored course can be offered Fall, Spring,
or Summer. If offered in Summer, the usual
"entrepreneurial" rules and requirements will apply.
Q: How early do I
need to submit my proposal for consideration for the
A: To ensure
reviewers ample time to consider a proposal, and to
guarantee inclusion in the following semester’s
schedule, the following deadlines apply:
semester offering / August 15 deadline
semester offering / December 15 deadline
offering / December 15 deadline
Q: Are there any
sample successful proposals I might view?
A: As the Honors
College offers more of these courses, we intend to
build an archive of proposals that faculty might
view (securing permission from the proposal writers
before incorporating their proposals into the
Q: Can the course be
offered for more or less than 3 credits?
A: The usual TBR
rules apply -- so this depends primarily on the
course schedule proposed by the faculty member.
This issue will be subject to appropriate critique
provided by the review process.
Q: How will these
courses be assessed?
A: In a manner
consistent with the SAI instrument. Faculty members
may request assistance from the Honors College in
developing an additional mid-term or final
assessment instrument, if so desired.
Q: Where do I find
the course proposal?
Q: If I have more
questions, what should I do?
Daniel Hedden (firstname.lastname@example.org, Curriculum & Programs
Coordinator, the Honors College, PO Box 70589, ETSU,
Johnson City, TN 37614, or call (423) 439-6074.