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The idea behind the University Course is that faculty and students from all schools in a university should come together to learn about and discuss an issue of common concern.  This practice not only creates intellectual community but also enacts a sense of common purpose across the diverse communities that make up Emory.  

Call for Proposals- University Course

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) invites faculty proposals for a University Course to be offered in Spring 2015.

The University Course is a curricular structure supported by the CFDE to encourage a multidisciplinary examination of issues and topics of interest to faculty and students from across the university. Both undergraduate and graduate students are able to register.

The goals for University Courses are to focus the many intellectual perspectives and resources of Emory on the study of important topics as well to enact a sense of common purpose across the diverse communities at Emory. CFDE will assist with course development and registration and identify possible collaborators in other schools.

Many departments will allow for this course to count as part of a faculty member’s normal teaching load since the course will be available to students in their home department. Please consult with your department chair to confirm how this course will count on your teaching load. CFDE does not provide funding for faculty course releases, but does provide a stipend of $2000 for each course.

The University Course has been offered since 2011. Information on past courses are available in list form below this call for proposals.

Any and all proposed topics will be considered but they should be broad enough that they can be approached from a variety of schools and disciplines. Representation from at least four of the schools at Emory in both the faculty and students is desired for each course.

Course Structure

  1. Any course structure appropriate to the topic is will be considered. Historically, the course has met as a seminar once a week for three hours. Other class formats are also possible.
  2. It is recommended that there will be multiple guest presenters in the class providing diverse disciplinary perspectives on the topic. In previous courses, there have been 10-15 distinguished Emory faculty members presenting in at least one class during the semester. At least one, and preferably all, of the course conveners should attend each class session throughout the semester.
  3. Conveners should include a community aspect to their course. Examples are: opening up one or two of your guest lectures to the larger Emory community, developing a concurrent film series that is open to the public, or videotaping several sessions of your course and using the material in a continuing education course or other online course.
  4. CFDE will provide a modest budget for this course of $2000. The funds are meant to cover stipends for conveners, guest lecturers and any outside speakers you may invite to participate.

Submissions should include a 1-2 page summary that outlines the following:

Please also include in your proposal your name, rank, department, and contact information. Completed proposals and any questions you have about the process should be directed to Dr. Donna Troka, Associate Director of CFDE.
Applications to teach a University Course in Spring 2015 are due Friday, April 18, 2014.

Spring 2014

Spring 2013

Read more about the Spring 2013 University Course outcomes on the CFDE blog.

Spring 2012

Viral Cultures: HIV/AIDS in Global, Academic, and Cultural Contexts

Spring 2011

Methland