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ARTS AND SCIENCES
Proposal for a Graduate Seminar in General Education
Graduate Seminars in General Education offer faculty and graduate students an opportunity to work together to develop new and innovative courses for the renewed General Education curriculum. Faculty interested in developing new General Education courses have the opportunity to offer a credit-bearing graduate seminar in which the essential questions of course design will be carefully examined. The Standing Committee on General Education will work with faculty to provide guidance as they develop the undergraduate course.
These seminars address the fundamental intellectual, conceptual, and methodological issues at stake in the design of a General Education course. Faculty and graduate students analyze appropriate readings, primary materials, lab work, as well as theoretical themes that will be pursued under one or two of the eight Gen Ed categories.
In addition, faculty and students consider alternative pedagogic strategies, teaching techniques and technologies, as well as the development of applicable research, writing, and evaluation skills. The seminar provides an excellent setting to bring new interdisciplinary scholarship and critical thinking into course development.
There are a number of resources available to faculty developing Graduate Seminars in General Education. Faculty are encouraged to consult the Instructional Support Services Team comprised of members of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard Libraries, Harvard Writing Project, Academic Technology Group (formerly Instructional Computing Group), Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and several of the campus museums.
Suggested outcomes for Graduate Seminars in General Education include at least some of the following:
Develop draft Gen Ed proposal for the undergraduate course
Develop a draft syllabus for the proposed Gen Ed course
Identify course materials and readings
Develop lecture materials (e.g. PowerPoint slides) and section materials (e.g.handouts)
Develop assignments and grading criteria/rubrics
Train the graduate students to be the first corps of Teaching Fellows for the course
Ordinarily, only ladder faculty are eligible to propose a Graduate Seminar in General Education.
Seminar proposals will be reviewed by a joint committee of the Graduate School and the Program in General Education.
We encourage you to learn more about the
renewal of the Program in General Education
and read about the
pedagogical goals of General Education courses
. If you have questions, contact Stephanie Kenen (
), Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Administrative Director of the Program in General Education.
Prior to submitting a GSGE proposal, faculty should meet briefly with the Faculty Chair of the Committee on General Education (Jason Mitchell), and the Administrative Director of the Program in General Education (Stephanie Kenen), to discuss the seminar, the proposed undergraduate course’s fit for the Program, and the course proposal process. Please contact Mia Metivier (
) to schedule a time to meet at your earliest convenience. Applications are
due January 10th
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