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Faculty Guidelines

The Helen P. Denit Honors Program is always looking to kick up creativity in the classroom.

The Denit Honors Program supports faculty who want to actively involve undergraduates in the learning process. UB does not have an honors faculty; rather, professors in every college propose seminars, team-taught courses, and multi-disciplinary explorations of topics that inspire their own curiosity and passion. 

The Denit Honors program is always looking for faculty who demonstrate a commitment to high-impact practices in the classroom. We are proud to report that every honors-designated course includes a component of experiential learning. So, if you are already trying innovative approaches in your teaching, submit a proposal to have your course designated in the Denit Honors Program.

There are two types of designation in the Honors Program. You can offer your course as an Honors Seminar (open only to honors students) or an Enhanced Course (open to all students). If your proposal is accepted, you will have access to Denit Honors funds and the logistical support of the Denit Honors Office as you plan your course activities. You can see examples of past topics and enhancements here.

If you are wondering whether your proposal would qualify, compare your learning outcomes to the learning outcomes of the Denit Honors Program:

  • Applied learning: through ways appropriate for the subject matter and discipline, students will effectively apply what they learn to new contexts, problems, or questions.
  • Communication: through ways appropriate for the subject matter and discipline, students will express their ideas, solutions, strategies in a relevant and persuasive manner.
  • Peer-review/teamwork: through ways appropriate for the subject matter and discipline, students will offer constructive feedback in a collaborative and collegial style.

Additionally, honors courses at the University of Baltimore may ask students to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Service-learning: through ways appropriate for the subject matter and discipline, students will synthesize course instruction with relevant service to the community.
  • Global positioning: through ways appropriate for the subject matter and discipline, students will learn attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to work across cultures.

We are proud to report that every honors designated course must include a component of experiential learning.
If you are interested in teaching an Honors Seminar, please submit proposals and funding requests to Kelly McPhee using this form.

If you are interested in teaching an Enhanced Course, please submit proposals and funding requests to Betsy Nix.
The Honors Council will make the final determinations of designations and the final budget approvals. An Enhanced Course is open to all UB students, but enrolled Denit Honors Program students are able to count the enhanced credits earned toward their credit requirement for graduation with Denit honors.

Read the call for proposal fact sheet for more information and to submit a proposal. Fall deadline is October 9, 2014.                             

If you are not ready to teach an entire class in the Honors Program, you might be willing to contribute your talents for one afternoon. Since 2011, the Denit Honors Food and Faculty Series has provided a casual venue for faculty and staff to share their passion, academic research, and new ideas with undergraduate honors students. We serve up a delicious meal topped off with engaging dialogue.

Students love it and so will you! Check out some of our past topics and contact Kelly McPhee for more information or to be added to the schedule.

Honors Council Members

Contact Betsy Nix for more information about the honors council.