From teaching an Honors seminar to serving as an Honors Thesis advisor, there are several ways a faculty member can become involved in the Kugelman Honors Program and the development of its students.
Honors Thesis Advisor
To graduate as Kugelman Honors Scholars, Honors students are required to complete an Honors thesis under the guidance of a thesis advisor. A good Honors thesis will make an original contribution, however small, to a student’s field of study, and faculty advisors are expected to guide students to produce their best work.
Faculty members are encouraged to visit the Honors Thesis Submission System site for more information about Honors Thesis requirements, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Honors by Contract Instructor
The Honors by Contract process is a way for students to receive Honors credit for non-Honors, 3000- and 4000-level courses with the consent and support of the instructor. Honors students initiate the Honors by Contract process by approaching faculty and working with them to enhance a course and make it an Honors experience.
Honors by Contract Faculty Guide presents the basics of the Honors by Contract process for faculty (and students). We advise faculty to review this document for more information about the Honors by Contract experience. Additional information can also be found on the student Honors by Contract page.
Honors Seminar Instructor
Each fall and spring semester, the Kugelman Honors Program offers at least two interdisciplinary Honors Seminars, which are created by faculty from across the university specifically for the Honors program. Honors Seminars are limited to 15 students and are cornerstones of the Honors academic experience.
Past popular seminar topics include Politics of Food, From Wastelands to Wetlands, Metalaw: Ecology & Justice in the Planetary Era, Zombies & Survival, Cancer: Scientific Research and Social Impacts, Conjunctive Psychology, Science of Brewing, and Tolkien: Text & Film.
For more information about developing and proposing an Honors seminar topic, please contact Dr. Greg Tomso, Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching in Honors
The National Collegiate Honors Council the professional association of Honors colleges and programs, with member institutions in the United States and abroad. For faculty seeking to familiarize themselves with the best practices in Honors instruction, below is a link to NCHC-provided general guidance about developing and teaching Honors courses:
Honors education is characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than comparable learning experiences typically found at institutions of higher education. Honors experiences include a distinctive learner-directed environment and philosophy, provide opportunities that are appropriately tailored to fit the institution's culture and mission, and frequently occur within a close community of students and faculty.Definition of Honors Education, National Collegiate Honors Society