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Proposals for new Chicago Quarter courses to be taught during a given academic year must be submitted and approved during the preceding academic year. (Once approved, a course does not require annual re-approval.) Thus, a course proposed by December 15 of a given year may first be taught, following approval, in Autumn Quarter of the following year.
Proposals are reviewed by the Chicago Quarter Advisory Committee, currently chaired by Dr. Leah Bryant, 312-362-7948. Committee responses are typically emailed by early February.
Each May a Chicago Quarter Best Practices event is held; while teaching teams scheduled to teach the following fall are expected to attend, faculty contemplating proposing a course are also welcome.
Qualifications: Faculty teaching Chicago Quarter are required to have a graduate degree and expected to have at least one year of full-time college teaching experience (or the equivalent in courses taught as instructor of record), including some experience at DePaul.
HON 110 & 111: Those proposing Chicago Quarter courses that they wish to have considered as potential Honors courses are advised to contact the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Jennifer Conary, 773-325-4640, prior to submission. The proposal process is the same; once a course is approved by the CQ Advisory Committee, the decision whether to offer it in any given year as an Honors section is made by the Honors Program.
Process: Faculty interested in submitting proposals for Focal Point Seminars are advised to:
A new course proposal needs to be submitted at least two quarters before the first term an instructor plans to teach it. Thus, if you would like to teach the course in winter quarter, propose it by the prior spring deadline (May 1); if you would like to teach it in spring quarter, propose it by the prior fall deadline (October 1). No Focal Point Seminars are scheduled in autumn quarter.
Proposals are reviewed by the Focal Point Advisory Committee, currently chaired by Dr. Christie Klimas, 773-325-8423. Committee responses are typically emailed by early March.
Each November a Focal Point Best Practices event is held; while faculty scheduled to teach the following winter and spring quarters are expected to attend, faculty considering proposing a course are also welcome.
Qualifications: Faculty teaching Focal Point Seminars are required to have a graduate degree and expected to have at least one year of full-time college teaching experience (or the equivalent in courses taught as instructor of record).
FY@broad: Those proposing Focal Point Seminars that they wish to have considered as potential FY@broad courses are advised to contact Scott Ozaroski, Assoc. Director of Program Management, Study Abroad, 312-362-6347, to learn about the program, the additional proposal process and eligibility to apply for a QIC grant to prepare the travel portion of the class. Faculty who have previously taught a Focal Point Seminar and wish now to offer it as a FY@broad class are also so advised.
Faculty proposing a FY@broad program would ideally have previous experience both teaching in the First-Year Program and leading a study abroad program. However, faculty with experience in one of those areas—either teaching in the First-Year Program or leading a prior study program program—are eligible to apply.
An overview of the FY@broad program, detailed proposal guidelines, and a description of instructor responsibilities are available on the Study Abroad website. Learn more about leading FY@broad First-Year Student Programs.
Please be advised that the number of FY@broad sections offered each winter and spring is small; the decision whether to schedule a Focal Point Seminar as a FY@broad section is made by Study Abroad.