Honors Faculty Fellows are selected to teach honors seminars. These small, exclusive courses provide opportunities to try out new material, refine an approach or repeat a popular class.
We invite you to submit a seminar proposal. If selected, you'll be welcomed into the honors community, with opportunities to mentor some of NIU's most motivated students and engage with colleagues who share your love of teaching. The experience can also enhance your teaching portfolio (e.g., teaching observation and letters of support for promotion files, teaching awards, etc.).
Scheduling and compensation for teaching an honors seminar (e.g., on-load, off-load, etc.) is determined by the department chair and the honors director. We encourage and are grateful for on-load offers; pedagogically, we appreciate when faculty are able to include the seminar as part of their teaching load. You can also apply for a course enrichment stipend of up to $1,000.
Rachowicz Honors Faculty Fellowship
Earl and Cynthia Rachowicz, both class of '73, are committed to supporting the Honors Faculty Fellowship. One of the Honors Faculty Fellows selected for the upcoming academic year will be named the Rachowicz Honors Faculty Fellow. This fellowship aims to encourage interdisciplinary courses that emphasize interconnectivity, communication and the importance of a commitment to service.
If selected, you'll receive $5,250 if your seminar is offered off-load. If offered as part of your regular teaching load, you'll receive $2,000 in course enrichment funds—double the amount otherwise available. You'll also receive other perks, such as a funded celebration with students. A separate application isn't needed, though you may indicate your interest when submitting your proposal.