Faculty Resources and Forms
Faculty members interested in proposing any new lower-division honors course should first gain the approval of their department/program chair before beginning the process.
For new courses with a discipline or program prefix outside honors, proposals begin with the disciplinary/program curriculum committee. That is if the course in question currently does NOT exist in the catalog, the faculty member should first fill out the new course proposal form from the TCU undergraduate council website and submit this form together with appropriate documents (e.g., sample syllabus) to the home department or other unit that houses the prefix.
If the envisioned new course would be offered by honors, review begins with the honors curriculum committee. For all new lower-division courses, in addition to the undergraduate council new course proposal form and sample syllabus, faculty members should submit in hard and soft copy the appropriate form requesting honors designation —i.e., cultural visions or elective designation request form.
In proposing an honors designation for an already-existing lower-division course in the TCU catalog, the faculty member should determine whether to seek cultural visions or elective designation for the class and submit the appropriate form with the course syllabus to the honors curriculum committee chair in hard and soft copy.
The honors curriculum committee will examine the proposed course and provide the faculty with feedback as needed prior to the meeting when the proposal will be considered. The faculty member(s) proposing the course may be invited to make a presentation at the meeting to explain how the proposed course meets the Honors College course requirements. Should changes be required, the faculty member will be invited to revise and resubmit the materials to the committee. The Dean of the Honors College will then convene a virtual or in-person meeting with a selected team of faculty from the full committee to reexamine the course proposal.
Once the honors curriculum committee approves the proposal, the faculty proposing the course should then submit the new course proposal to the undergraduate council. Faculty need not submit already-existing course to the undergraduate council.
Deadlines for submitting requests to the TCU Undergraduate Council are available here.
Did you know that the Honors College can also assist in sponsorship or co-sponsorship? Request support here.
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Honors College Course Proposal – Cultural Visions
Honors College Course Proposal – Colloquium
Evaluation of Honors Cultural Visions Proposals
Evaluation of Honors Colloquium Proposals
Sample Syllabi for Honors Colloquia
Creating Departmental Honors Classes
Tenure & Promotion
Policy on Tenure Track & Tenured Faculty
Tenure & Promotion Dossier Format
Policy on Appointment, Renewal, and Promotion of Professors of Professional Practice
Guidelines for External Evaluation Letters
Ethics & Compliance Hotline
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