RFP for J-Term 2014 Courses
The Office of the Provost invites proposals for courses to be offered in January Term 2014 (domestic). Course proposals should be submitted to the January Term Course Selection Committee no later than Friday April 12, 2013. The selection committee will announce its decisions by May 31, 2012. The January Term 2014 course proposal form is available at www.virginia.edu/januaryterm/CourseProposalForm2014_Domestic.doc
Course proposals should be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, sent to the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs, P.O. Box 400161 or faxed to 924 1483.
January Term courses are generally three-credit undergraduate courses. Classes meet for a total of forty 60-minute class hours. There is no reading day or designated exam day. Faculty should specify the culminating experience for their class in their course proposal. Students may enroll in only one January Term class. January Term 2014 will begin on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Classes will meet for 5 hours each day January 2-4 and January 6-10.
Faculty are encouraged to propose courses that address content not covered in existing courses, that include research, or that meet area or competency requirements. Clearly, not all course topics are suited for the January Term format; thus, careful consideration should be given to fit between course content and the intensive format of January Term. Courses may have prerequisites but must be able to attract a sufficient number of students to meet costs.
Advanced graduate students who have a record of demonstrated teaching excellence at U.Va. may submit a J-Term proposal with the permission and endorsement of their home department. Advanced graduate students with a dissertation research fellowship may be ineligible to teach in January Term. Eligibility to teach in January Term and receive compensation should be confirmed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the home school.
We particularly solicit proposals for new courses that address topics related to diversity, including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic diversity. These courses may include a component of "Community Engagement," as recommended by the President's Commission on Diversity and Equity. This might include academic learning or research based upon projects in the community. We do not encourage credit for community service per se but rather for the academic analysis that should accompany that work. Community projects must be allied with appropriate community agencies. We hope faculty view this as an opportunity to develop new courses on diversity topics or Community Engagement opportunities.
Compensation for teaching a January Term course is treated as overload pay and is based on the Summer Session salary schedule.
Questions regarding January Term should be directed to the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs, email@example.com, 924 3371.