- These awards can only apply to Thematic Focus courses
- The co-teaching team needs to include two faculty from two different Ways of Thinking
- This 4-credit course will satisfy two Ways of Thinking for the student
- Co-teachers will be actively involved in every class period—interacting with each other and the students, rather than taking turns leading class (faculty co-teaching with a NW faculty member are welcome to attend labs but are not required to do so)
- Co-Teaching counts as a 1/6 assignment for both faculty members
- Faculty will commit to offering the co-taught course once a year for two consecutive years and will receive confirmation of this commitment from their appropriate department chairs or program directors
- Faculty will integrate both Ways of Thinking rather than teach them in discrete units
- Students will submit an artifact/s that demonstrates how both Ways of Thinking help students better understand, experience, and/or appreciate the theme
- Because the assessment results from the co-taught classes will be used to make future decisions about co-teaching opportunities, co-teachers (a) need to design their assessment plan in consultation with the Director of the Integrations Curriculum and the Office of Assessment and Academic Effectiveness and (b) must be willing to conduct intensive assessment of their classes, including the possibility of small, standardized assessment measures
- Recipients of the Award will share their experiences, insights, resources, and recommendations regarding teaching a focus class and co-teaching in a presentation that includes opportunity for questions and discussion from the audience
Co-Taught Thematic Focus Courses
Students are required to take a minimum of three same-themed courses across three different Ways of Thinking. At least one of the themed courses must be a Thematic Focus course, which is completely devoted to the theme and carries scaffolded general education learning goals. The Thematic Focus learning goals contain Intermediate level learning goals for Analyzing Texts, Collaboration, and Information Literacy (Beginner level learning goals found in Writing Foundations, Cultural and Social Difference: Identity, and Theological Explorations).
- These 4-credit, 200 or 300-level courses can count toward a major(s) or be offered as an Integrations course.
- Focus courses are dedicated entirely to a single theme (Justice, Movement, or Truth) and for co-taught sections will integrate two Ways of Thinking, based on the expertise of each co-teacher.
- Students taking a co-taught course will satisfy two Ways of Thinking in a single course.
- The Award covers the cost of having two faculty members teach one focus class together for two consecutive years.
- The size of the co-taught sections will be the same as focus courses taught by a single instructor (max 30).
- Focus courses must address the following learning goals: Analyzing Texts 2, Collaboration 2, and Information Literacy 2.
- Focus courses must include a common reading on the theme (determined by focus faculty teaching in that theme) and introduce students to the liberal arts and sciences goal of studying a diverse array of disciplinary approaches.
- One co-curricular event on the theme must be incorporated into the syllabus.
The Award Process
For the first round of applications the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) subcommittee of the IICC, working with the Director of the Integrations Curriculum, will make the Co-teaching Award selections using a rubric being developed by the LAS subcommittee. Once the rubric is finalized and approved by the IICC Board, it will be shared with faculty.
There will be five two-year Co-Teaching Awards starting the academic year 2021-2022 and five Co-Teaching Awards starting in academic year 2022-2023. Preference will be given to co-taught courses that demonstrate a creative or unique pairing of Ways of Thinking to address the theme and meet the liberal arts tradition of serving students from a broad range of disciplines. Preference will also be given to faculty who do not have other co-teaching opportunities through Honors co-taught classes.
Timeline for Co-Teaching Awards
3-9-2020 - applications for co-teaching award due
4-15-2020 - notification of co-teaching award
10-15-2020 - Thematic focus course proposals due to the GECC
Academic Year 2021-2022 – First round of co-taught courses offered
Academic Year 2022-2023 – Second round of co-taught courses offered
Application (Click here for Application)
This application is strictly for the Co-Teaching Award. Recipients of the Co-Teaching Award will still be required to submit a Thematic Focus course proposal to the GECC by the applicable deadlines.
- Instructor 1:
- Instructor 2:
- Which Theme will your thematic focus course examine?
- What are the two Ways of Thinking that will be utilized?
- In addition to Learning Foundations, CSD:I, and Theological Explorations, are there additional prerequisites for your co-taught course? If so, please list all prerequisites and explain why those prerequisites are necessary for your co-taught course.
- Will students need specialized background or skills to participate in your co-taught class? Explain.
- Describe the co-taught class. In your answer, explain what students will do both inside and outside of class, including examples of assignments or projects.
- What makes your proposed co-taught course unique? What makes it particularly impactful to students?
- In higher education, co-teaching involves having experts with unique backgrounds work with the same group of students in a single class. Co-teachers model collaboration and interaction within class periods, by reacting to each other, building off of each other’s contributions, highlighting differences in approaches, assumptions, and methodologies, etc. Explain how you will collaborate with your co-teacher. In other words, how will the co-teaching work?
- Describe how the two Ways of Thinking will be used to help students explore the theme.
- Describe how the two Ways of Thinking will be integrated into the course.
- Describe the artifact that your students will submit.
- Explain how your artifact demonstrates how both Ways of Thinking help students better understand, experience, and/or appreciate the theme.
- Describe how students will benefit from taking your proposed co-taught course.
- One of the requirements of Thematic Focus courses is that the course must introduce students to the liberal arts and sciences goal of studying a diverse array of disciplinary approaches. How will you better be able to address multiple Ways of Thinking/a diverse array of disciplinary approaches as a result of teaching this co-taught class?
- Will at least one member of your co-teaching team be teaching an Honors co-taught class in the future? _____ No _____ Yes
- Checkbox: By submitting this application we certify that we have consulted with our chairs/program directors about our availability to teach our course.
- Checkbox: By submitting this application we certify that we are available to teach the co-taught course at least one semester a year for the two years of the Co-Teaching Award.
- Checkbox: By submitting this application we certify that we will design all assessment components of the course in consultation with the Director of the Integrations Curriculum and the Office of Assessment and Academic Effectiveness before submitting our assessment plan as part of the GECC Thematic Focus form.
- Checkbox: By submitting this application we certify that we will support the assessment efforts of the Director of the Integrations Curriculum and the Office of Assessment and Academic Effectiveness and that we understand that the assessment requirements will be more intensive, ongoing, and rigorous than in typical courses.