Honors Program

Faculty Application Materials

Teaching Opportunities in the Honors Program

The Indiana University Honors Program seeks dynamic and thoughtful instructors to teach in the Common Intellectual Experience Courses (Honors 103 and Honors 104), as well as in the multidisciplinary seminars (Honors 306 and Honors 307) offered through the Honors Program. We seek faculty members for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Benefits of Teaching an Honors Course

  • Classes are capped at 15 students, encouraging positive and productive interaction with students.
  • Honors Students are generally ambitious, intellectually curious, thoughtful, and self-motivated. They may not know your field and your topic, but they’re interested in learning.
  • The Honors Program will bear the expense of your adjunct replacement in your home department.
  • Teaching an Honors course is an invigorating experience for all involved.
  • Multidisciplinary seminars are designed to expand students’ ability to see questions and issues across disciplines.

What is Expected in Honors Courses?

Honors courses at the 300-level have included:

  • Social Justice (Fall 2008)
  • Digital Story Telling (Spring 2009 and Spring 2011)
  • Genocide (Spring 2010)
  • The Vietnam Conflict in Literature, Culture, and History (Spring 2010)
  • American Culture and Society in the 1920s (Fall 2010)
  • Evolutionary Psychology (Fall 2007 and Fall 2010)
  • Globalization (Spring 2008 and Spring 2012)
  • Literature, Culture, and Politics in a Post-9/11 World (Spring 2011)
  • Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery? Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (Spring 2011)
  • Insects and Human Affairs (Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
  • The Culture, Power, and Science of Sex in the 20th Century (Spring 2012)
  • Southern Literature and Culture (Fall 2012)
  • Politics and Conflict in the Hunger Games Trilogy (Spring 2013)
  • Critical Thinking and Being Human (Spring 2013)
  • Renegade Philosophers (Summer 2013)

These courses, like all HP courses, are expected to be multidisciplinary in content, in order that students might grow in their ability to see questions and issues across disciplines. Students in the Indiana University Southeast Honors Program (IUSHP) are a delight. They’re generally ambitious, intellectually curious, thoughtful, and self-motivated. They are not, however, graduate students. Thus, you should be aware that the Biology majors probably won’t know MLA format, and the English majors might never have worked with SPSS. They’re smart, and they are rewarding students with whom to work; however, when you think of your course, or envision teaching them, you should not envision these students as upper-level students in your field of study. If you keep that in mind, you should be able to design a challenging and rewarding course for the IUSHP students, and enjoy your time working with students outside your field.

While the curriculum of the 100-level courses is somewhat more prescribed (in order to fulfill general education objectives, as well as create a Common Intellectual Experience for our students), faculty members who work with the 100-level students get to play a formative role in these students’ education. Prior to book ordering time, these faculty members negotiate readings for all the H103 and H104 students to have in common. These faculty members also guide students through year-long individual and group research projects which culminate in presentation at the regional honors conference (generally held in late March) and/or the student research conference in April. In addition, they’ll help Honors Program students become more poised and polished writers and public speakers and critical thinkers. It is an invigorating experience for everyone involved. Mr. Marty Rosen, Dr. Charlie Pooser, Dr. James Beeby, Ms. Maria Accardi, Mr. Michael Abernethy, Dean Samantha Earley, Dr. Leigh Viner, Ms. Rebekah Dement Farmer, and Dr. Angela M. Salas have all taught in the 100-level sequence, and can serve as sources of information for you if you think you might be interested, but need to put a human face on this possibility.

If you would like to teach a 100-level course, please send me an email, your Curriculum Vitae, your philosophy of teaching Honors students, and your preferred semester teaching (if one semester is preferable to another). If you’d like to offer a 300-level course for consideration, please also include a course title and a description of the course as you currently envision it. The more information you have about what your course will encompass, the projects students will undertake, and your grading and assessment methods the better. Know, as well, that the Honors Program will bear the expense of your adjunct replacement in your home department when you teach in the Honors Program.

For your convenience, you may use the Interdisciplinary Seminar Proposal application form, which is used by both the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) and Honors Program.

Applications are due in either the Honors Program Office (KV235) or the MLS Office (CV018B) by the deadlines listed below.

  • Spring Semesters - April 1
  • Summer Semesters - October 1
  • Fall Semesters - October 1

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