Faculty members associated with the Honors College belong in categories on the basis
of the courses they teach and the advising they offer to the College and its students.
They may be Honors College Section instructors; Honors-Credit-Proposal Course instructors;
assigned Honors College Student Advisors; members of the College Faculty Advisory
Board; advisors of student observations, contributions, internships or projects; and
College Faculty Fellows.
Honors College Section Instructors
These professors teach sections of courses that departments reserve for College students.
They also cover its themes and develop its skills, and are the subjects of special
agreements between the College and the departments.
Honors-Credit-Proposal Course Instructors
These instructors enter with students into agreements under which students take courses
that yield College credit because the students engage in work that meets requirements
of the College and goes beyond the work other students undertake. The instructors
and students sign the agreements, which must receive the endorsement of the associate
dean for academic affairs and the dean at the College, before the courses begin.
Designated Honors College Student Advisors
The principal manager of the advising of students in the Honors College is the Assistant
Dean for Student Services. Among other functions, this dean makes sure that students
meet its academic, observation, contribution, project and other requirements. The
assistant dean receives help from faculty members whom their departments assign the
task of advising majors in Honors.
Faculty Members of College Advisory Board
In developing, implementing, reviewing and revising Honors College policy and practice,
the Dean, Associate Dean and Assistant Dean receive help from the College Advisory
Board. The Dean nominates faculty members of this board after consulting with chairs
of their departments and/or deans of their schools or colleges.
Student Observation, Contribution/Internship and Research/Creative/Professional Project
Students in the Honors College engage in at least four activities for which they receive
academic credit: the observation of experts and/or organizations who work on imperatives
in their majors; participation in offices, agencies or organizations that cultivate
or augment the sense of local, national and global membership; internships that include
contributions to the addressing of imperatives in their majors; research/creative/professional
projects that apply or advance the understanding of the imperatives.
Students engage in the observation with the guidance of the instructor for the course
for which it is a requirement. They participate in the office, agency or organization
under the guidance of the Assistant Dean for Student Services, who may receive help
from faculty members who focus on the work of the office, agency or organization.
Their contributions in their internships are under the supervision of faculty members
in their departments, who report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. They
conduct research/creative/professional projects under the supervision of advisors
in their departments, who report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Honors College Faculty Fellows
The Dean of the College and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Research select tenured and tenure-track faculty members (assistant, associate or
full professors) for service as Honors College Fellows. These fellows will be interdisciplinary
academics who celebrate the integration of the local, national and global.
Faculty fellows normally will meet the following expectations:
- 1. advise organizations specific to Honors College scholars;
- 2. serve as academic advisors for College scholars in their departments;
- 3. serve as chairpersons or members of thesis committees of College scholars;
- 4. advise and evaluate College scholars engaging in observations, internships and/or
projects, and provide College scholars with opportunities to participate in projects
that fellows initiate;
- 5. advise and evaluate College scholars making voluntary contributions to various
- 6.organize, and help maximize the success of, College co-curricular activities (such
as lectures, workshops, presentations, seminars, competitions, "study away/abroad"
programs and student exchanges);
- 7.serve as academic, professional and social role models for College scholars;
- 8. provide College scholars with opportunities to learn from specialists in their
- 9. help plan and execute College fund-raising campaigns;
- 10. promote the College before potential students, potential benefactors, and other
The College will work with chairs to include the teaching of Honors sections of courses
in the assignments of fellows. If fellows teach the sections as overloads, the College
will compensate them at the rates the university pays for overloads in their departments.
For courses taken by students from across the university, faculty fellows develop
augmentations that lead Honors College students to earn Honors credit. The augmentations
are in agreements that the fellows and students negotiate and the dean and associate
dean for academic affairs of the College endorse. For these courses, fellows receive
no extra compensation.