First Year Inquiry (FYI) classes are inquiry-guided sections of only 19 students in an established general education course. Courses are limited to first-year freshmen and are offered every fall semester.
University Honors Program (HON) seminars are small sections of 20 or fewer students who are encouraged to engage with faculty in knowledge-building and creative activities. These sections are intended to provide a holistic “minds-on” research experience with a cross-disciplinary context. They also place an emphasis on co-curricular programming. Honors seminars are limited to students in the University Honors and Scholars Programs.
In order to further this goal, the programs have partnered with the TH!NK program which seeks to bridge the gap between evidence-based research on teaching and actual teaching practices in the classroom. Faculty members will participate in a half-day training workshop, modeled after TH!NK training workshops. They will engage in faculty development, create discipline-specific classroom activities and assignments, become adept at providing students feedback on their thinking skills, and engage in a learning community to provide peer feedback on pedagogical innovations. Depending on the program, full or partial course buyouts are available as well as a $250 stipend associated with the half-day training workshop in April.
A new Faculty Interest Form allows tenure and non-tenure track faculty from across the university to express their interest in teaching an honors seminar and/or an FYI course through a single application.
For more information:
University Honors Program, Anne Auten – firstname.lastname@example.org
First Year Inquiry program, Elizabeth Nelson – email@example.com
TH!NK, Sue Carson – firstname.lastname@example.org