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Proposing a New Course: Chicago Quarter & Focal Point Seminar

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Chicago Quarter

Proposing a new Discover or Explore Chicago course

While the Chicago Quarter program is designed to offer faculty from any discipline a great deal of flexibility in choosing and developing a topic, all courses must:
  • Have the city itself at the heart of the course;
  • Support first-year students as they transition into the DePaul community;
  • Expose students to a variety of ​Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities;​
  • Operate using the teaching-team model, with each Chicago Quarter faculty member leading a teaching team that includes a professional staff member and a peer student mentor;
  • Pursue the LSP Learning Goals; and
  • Satisfy the Chicago Quarter Learning Outcomes & Writing Expectations.
Deadline for Discover & Explore Chicago:   December 15

Process:  Faculty interested in submitting proposals for Chicago Quarter courses are advised to:
  1. Review the Chicago Quarter page on this website;
  2. Read over the Chicago Quarter Faculty Handbook;
  3. Carefully consider the Chicago Quarter Learning Outcomes & Writing Expectations (which are central to the proposal);​​
  4. Familiarize themselves with the online proposal form;
  5. Consult  with the FYP’s Asst. Director for Academic Administration, Dr. Michael Edwards, 773-325-1187, prior to preparing the proposal for submission; and then​
  6. Submit a proposal online by December 15.

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 12/15/2017 may first be taught, following approval, in Autumn 2018.

Proposals are reviewed by the Chicago Quarter Advisory Committee, chaired in 2017-18 by Dr. Melissa Markley​, 312-362-6181.  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. Martha Martinez-Firestone​, 773-325-4137, 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.

 

Focal Point Seminar

Proposing a new Focal Point Seminar

While the Focal Point Seminar is designed to offer faculty from any discipline a great deal of flexibility in choosing and developing a topic, all courses must:
Deadline for Focal Point Seminar:   February 1

Process: 
Faculty interested in submitting proposals for Focal Point Seminars are advised to:
  1. Briefly review the Focal Point page on this website;
  2. Read over the Focal Point Handbook;
  3. Carefully consider the Focal Point Learning Outcomes & Writing Expectations​ (which are central to the proposal)
  4. Familiarize themselves with the online proposal form;
  5. Consult  with the FYP’s Asst. Director for Academic Administration, Dr. Michael Edwards, 773-325-1187, prior to preparing the proposal for submission; and then
  6. Submit a proposal online by February 1.

Proposals for new Focal Point Seminars 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 2/1/2018 may first be taught, following approval, in Winter or Spring 2019.

Proposals are reviewed by the Focal Point Advisory Committee, chaired in 2017-18 by Dr. Scott Paeth, 773-325-4447.  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 and the additional proposal process.  Faculty who have previously taught a Focal Point Seminar and wish now to offer it as a FY@broad class are also so advised.

An overview of the FY@broad program, detailed proposal guidelines, and a description of instructor responsibilities are available on the Study Abroad website.  Click here and then scroll down to "FY@broad First-Year Student Programs."

The number of FY@broad sections offered each year is small; the decision whether to schedule a Focal Point Seminar ​as a FY@broad section is made by Study Abroad.  FY@broad courses are typically taught once as a standard Focal Point Seminar before being offered in a subsequent year with the travel component; full-time faculty whose course is approved by the Focal Point Advisory Committee and Study Abroad may apply for a QIC  grant to prepare the travel component of the class.​