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The Honors Foundations Program will support between six and ten Honors Faculty Fellows from around the campus per academic year. 

Any full-time permanent Morgantown faculty member, with the support of the department chair and Dean's Office, is eligible to apply. The deadline for 2020-2021 Honors Faculty Fellow applications and course proposals is Friday, November 15, 2019. More information on applying can be found here.

Selected fellows will teach two sections of the same course—one in the fall, and one in the spring—under the Honors Foundations course framework. These courses are special topics “big-ideas” classes with deeply engaged teaching and learning practices that bring faculty expertise to Honors students at the introductory level. They provide innovative course opportunities for Honors students and space for faculty to develop new curricular and teaching ideas to bring back to their home departments. 

In the year of their fellowship, Fellows will: 

  • Teach two sections (one each semester) of their proposed Honors Foundations course, to replace one course in their home department each semester,
  • Participate in a sequence of interdisciplinary faculty development activities,
  • Deliver a public lecture based on their course material, and
  • Serve on the committee that selects the next cohort of Honors Faculty Fellows. 

In exchange, Honors will compensate the Fellow’s home department at the adjunct replacement rate for both semesters, and will provide Fellows with a $4,000 course development stipend in July of the summer before Fellows begin teaching in the program.  

Questions should be directed to the Assistant Dean.

Team Teaching

One space in the slate of Honors Foundations Courses will be reserved for a team-teaching proposal. Fellows proposing team-taught courses should include a CV and a chair’s statement of support for each faculty member. Because of the resource-intensive nature of a team-taught course, Honors will compensate both host departments at the adjunct replacement rate, but will split the course development grant in half.  


Applications will be open in Fall 2019 for 2020-2021 Honors Faculty Fellows. Applications, with chair support, will be due to the Honors College by November 15, 2019.

To apply, applicants will submit the following materials in a single PDF file:

  • A cover letter that outlines:
    • Course description,
    • Faculty member’s qualification to teach the course, and
    • Assessment of the niche for such a course, specifically for how the course is NOT currently covered in course offerings of the fellow’s home department or any other relevant department on campus.
  • A detailed description of the proposed course that includes:
    • Outline of the material covered, including key texts;
    • Brief description of innovative methods, materials, or activities that the course will employ;
    • Identification of any specific community service or leadership components to the course;
    • Tentative listing of the section learning outcomes;
    • Tentative description of how the course will assess section specific learning objectives.
  • The applicant’s CV
  • A statement of support from the faculty member’s chair, including the standard adjunct replacement cost for that faculty member and an indication of Dean’s office support. Applications should be emailed to Kate Staples ( as a single PDF file.

Courses will be selected along several criteria, including but not limited to:

  • Fulfillment of GEF goals
  • Commitment to and proposed assessment of LEAP outcomes
  • Innovative teaching tactics/learning activities
  • Interdisciplinary learning opportunities

Priority will be given to courses that fall within one of the above course development areas and that explore inclusion and representation across categories of identity and experience in their subject matter.

Selection Process

All Honors Foundations Course proposals must first be vetted by the chair in the home department in the statement of support.

Except in extraordinary circumstances pre-approved by affected chairs, no more than one faculty fellow will come from any given department within a single cohort.

Efforts will be made to distribute Honors Foundation Course offerings across all six eligible GEF bins (2-7), and across multiple colleges across the university.

Tentative 2020-2021 Honors Faculty Fellows Selection Timeline: 

  • September 14, 2019: Call for applications for 2018-19 Honors Faculty Fellows
  • November 15, 2019: Deadline for Honors Faculty Fellow applications and course proposals. The Assistant Dean will perform an initial review of all applications. If an applicant proposes a course that extends into another discipline, the Assistant Dean will seek sign-off from the chair of the department in question, before reinserting it into the batch of applications.
  • November 30, 2019: Honors Curriculum Committee meets to determine Honors Faculty Fellows, and provides course proposal feedback.
  • January 6, 2020: selected Honors Faculty Fellows confirm participation and Honors curriculum committee submits selected courses to Faculty Senate GEF committee for information, ideally by February 2020 Faculty Senate Meeting.
  • March, 2020 (estimated): Fall 2020 courses are made visible to students.
  • July 2020: Fellows receive summer course development stipend.
  • Early August 2020: Fellows meet as a cohort to share course plans and teaching strategies.
  • August 2020: Fellows teach first semester of courses.

  • Fall 2020: Honors Faculty Fellows lectures held.

  • November 2020-January 2021: Fellows participate in selection process for next cohort.

  • December 2020: Fellows meet to discuss semester and share ideas, successes, tweaks for following semester.

  • January 2021: Second semester begins.

  • May 2021: Honors Faculty Fellows meet for postmortem discussion of year, offer feedback on program.