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The Application Process

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, is eligible to apply. The deadline for 2020-2021 Honors Faculty Fellow applications and course proposals is Friday, November 15, 2019.

Selected fellows will teach one or two sections of the same course, depending on the type of course proposed. These courses can be special topics “big-ideas” classes or enhanced 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.

Faculty Fellow Course Development Areas

  1. Development of a new course under the Honors Foundation course framework https://www.honors.wvu.edu/academics/honors-foundations-program/earning-honors-credit/honors-foundations-courses. These courses should be special topics “big-ideas” classes with deeply engaged teaching and learning practices that bring specific faculty expertise to Honors students at the introductory level. Passion projects are strongly encouraged. Selected fellows will teach two sections of the same course—one in the fall, and one in the spring.
  2. Integration of an innovative pedagogical approach into an existing GEF course to be delivered to Honors students. This opportunity will primarily allow faculty members to experiment with new approaches in the classroom with Honors students as their audience. These courses will only be taught for one semester.
  3. Development of team-taught, interdisciplinary courses. These courses could be new courses developed under the Honors Foundation course framework (see above) or could be existing courses, with the integration of an innovative pedagogical approach (see above). These courses will be taught for either one or two semesters.
  4. Development of an Honors add-on to an existing, larger course. It is our hope that these add-ons will allow Honors students to interact with the instructor and their peers in a more concentrated and focused environment to delve deeper into the subject matter and enhance their learning. These courses will only be taught for one semester.

In the year of their fellowship, Fellows will

In exchange, Honors will compensate the Fellow and their home department in these ways:

  • For a new course under the Honors Foundation course framework, which includes two sections of an HONR course per year, the Honors College will compensate the Faculty Fellow a $4000 summer course development honorarium, and will reimburse the department/college at a negotiated per-course replacement rate each semester.

  • For team-taught HONR courses, the Honors College will compensate the Faculty Fellows a total $2000 summer course development honorarium, split evenly among the participants ($1000 each), and will reimburse the department/college at a negotiated per-course replacement rate for each faculty member.

  • Faculty Fellows re-envisioning existing 3-credit GEF courses are offered a $1000 course development stipend, and their colleges/departments are compensated $2500 to offset the reduced seat count of an Honors section.

  • Faculty Fellows re-envisioning or designing a zero- or one-credit add-on to an existing course are offered a $1000 course development stipend and $50 per enrolled student of professional development funds, held in an account for their use for up to three years (unless the add-on is a part of the faculty member’s contractual teaching load, in which case the same amount is compensated to the college/department). 

Questions should be directed to Assistant Dean Damien Clement.

Applications

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:

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

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: 

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