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May Seminars Program

This program is administered by the Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies (CHIS) and is designed to support faculty collaborations and seminars for specific curriculum development or teaching improvement objectives.

CHIS has decided to devote the majority of its May Seminar funding this year to support the College Fellows effort to develop College Courses for the new curriculum. However, it has reserved limited funding to support May Seminars on other topics. Do not submit proposals to CHIS that are designed to develop courses for the new curriculum. The College Fellows will have a separate Call for Proposals for these.

Proposals are due to CHIS by Friday, April 11, 2014. Please send them as PDF email attachments to Joel Schwartz, at jxschw@wm.edu.

1.  Because of the limited budget this year, the Committee encourages proposals for one- or two-day “retreats” designed for groups of faculty to coordinate on specific curricular or teaching topics.  For example, a department might want to organize a one-day retreat to discuss how it might want to adjust its curriculum to maximize its fit with the new curriculum.

2.  All full- or part-time faculty with a contract for a teaching position at William and Mary after the summer of the grant are eligible to propose, or participate in, a May Seminar. 

3.  While seminars under this program usually take place in May, this is not a requirement of the program. Seminars may be scheduled at any time that is convenient for participants.

4.  Individual projects are not eligible for this program.

5.  Projects eligible for consideration under the College's summer research grant program are not eligible for this program.

6.  Please contact your department's IT liaison if you are proposing a project that involves educational technology. Liaisons should be involved in the process as early as possible to make sure that technical elements of the project are achievable.

7.  Participants in a May Seminar will each receive a stipend of $100/day, or the equivalent for a different period of time. 

How to Submit a Proposal

Download and complete the application form and submit it as a PDF to Joel Schwartz jxschw@wm.edu as an email attachment.

Principles and Guidelines.

Please contact Joel Schwartz at jxschw@wm.edu with any questions.