Propose a Faculty "May" Seminar

We invite faculty proposals for 2017 May Seminars. Priority will be given to seminar proposals to develop campus COLL 300 courses and brainstorm new courses for COLL 400. Participants receive a $100 stipend per day.

In addition to the usual faculty-proposed formats (described below), we plan to offer workshops on focused topics:

Developing the COLL 400. This workshop focuses on developing effective COLL 400 courses, both from existing major capstone courses and in new interdisciplinary and team taught forms.  By design, the workshop moves from the general frameworks of the COLL 400 to the specific: Methods for guiding students to meet these goals in your specific class.  You'll walk away with a good draft syllabus for your course and lots of new ideas that work. Three full days with homework.

​Adapt or Develop Campus COLL 300 Courses. This workshop is designed for faculty who are teaching, or are interested in teaching, on-campus COLL 300 courses. The focus is on adapting existing classes for EPC approval of the campus COLL 300 attribute. If time and interest allow, we will also discuss models of new courses that can gain the attribute. Faculty with COLL 300 experience will share their insights and provide guidance. We will work on syllabi, incorporating the visitors and semester themes into class content, and expectations for the end-of-semester symposium. By the end of the workshop, all participants will be ready to either submit their syllabi to EPC via curriculog or will be confident in the process for future submissions. 

​Communication Concepts in COLL 100 and COLL 150. Versions of this hands-on workshop have been presented several times for faculty teaching COLL 100 and COLL 150 courses. In the context of students' first-year experience, participants consider underlying principles of communication, the specific goals of 100 or 150, example assignments and syllabi that have worked for other faculty, and ways to integrate the communications/writing component to support your course content. By design, the workshop moves from the general to the specific -- you'll walk away with a good draft syllabus for your course and lots of new ideas that work. A three-day commitment, with some homework.

All three CLA-led seminars above will run from May 16-18. Each participant will receive a stipend of $100 per day and lunch. If interested, please contact Sharon Morris ( and indicate which seminar you would like to participate in.

About "May" Seminars

Individual and group proposals are welcome. Participating faculty will be paid according to the traditional rubric of $100/day or $500 for a five-day seminar, for up to eight faculty per seminar. One faculty member should be designated as the seminar leader. This person will take responsibility for working with the CLA staff on scheduling and submitting a brief final report with the CLA on the outcomes of the seminar.

We are open to a variety of seminar models. Some examples include:

  • Day-long intensive discussions on new COLL course ideas.
  • Short workshops or seminars where faculty who have taught COLL courses share experiences.
  • Workshops where faculty who have taught non-written communication skills -- not necessarily as COLL 100 -- share their experience and expertise with interested faculty.
  • Full-week seminars where faculty aim to develop course syllabi for future COLL courses.

Requests for support to purchase materials that support the work of the seminar (e.g. books or videos) will also be considered. 

Scheduling for these May seminars is up to the faculty involved, but we encourage faculty to consider proposing seminars during the week of May 15-19, to allow for cross-seminar discussion over lunch. 

Please submit your 1-page proposals with budget to Sharon Morris ( by April 6.