Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
March 7, 2000
On Honors College Issues
Dr. Robert Chabora (School of
Humanities and Social Sciences); Dr. Carole Counihan (Sociology/Anthropology);
Dr. Bonnie Duncan (English); Dr. Susan Luek (Psychology); Dr. Steven Miller
(English); Dr. John Osborne (History); Dr. Marjorie Warmkessel (Library)
Discussion began with thoughts
about what some of the opposition might be to the establishment of an honors
college. Some people consider it an elitist idea, the misperception that honors
courses are closed to those who might want to take only a course or two.
Ideas about what an honors
college could be:
- Creation of courses in
response to the world around us rather than a fixed curriculum.
- Give faculty the message
that this is a gift to them to give them the opportunity as a growth
- Special courses could
require students to apply for competitive enrollment.
- Faculty would submit
application/proposal in order to be considered for teaching a special course.
Faculty could be called "seminar leaders" rather than. instructors.
- Perhaps topics could be tied
to the academic theme or to other special activities and Programs
- Gain blanket prior approval
for all such special courses-to count as Gen. Ed. courses.
- Perhaps have a generic
course title that begins "Critical Perspectives in . ...."
- Idea for future
consideration is the possibility of revising the core curriculum, moving away
from emphasis on Western civilization.
Opportunities for Students
- Select outstanding student
papers for inclusion in a published collection of essays. Could include
student papers, faculty submissions, and work by other distinguished
- Hold a forum or student
conference at end of spring semester (perhaps separate from Student Research
Conference) to highlight research in progress of students in Honors College.
Possibly a preview of thesis research.
- Coordinate student
forums/conferences with other SSHE honors programs.
- Strengthen participation in
National Collegiate Honors Council, especially encouraging students to
participate in the regional meetings.
- Have the Honors College
sponsor workshops on faculty development in teaching honors courses. Pay a
small stipend; make it a competitive application process. These workshops
could be extended state wide.
- Hold a week-long workshop on
a single focused topic (e.g. hatred) that cuts across many disciplines.
- Open up opportunities for
faculty to teach honors courses through coordination with SSHE Summer Teaching
Academy; pedagogy seminars; NEH grants.
Questions about distribution of
honors students. Why so few in Humanities and Social Sciences?
- Students in science are
working toward graduate school and students in education are working toward
- In Humanities and Social
Sciences a smaller number of students plan to go on to graduate school than in
Sciences; information about graduate school options is not as visible in
Hum/SS as in Science.
- Help students see other
options for future careers.
- Specifically recruit
students from Humanities and Social Sciences
- Send memo to department
chairs asking them to mention the Honors College in their talks at open
- Have Pre-Law advisors
involved in the open houses.
- Talk to IU 13 coordinator
who has worked with B. Duncan on a special enrichment program for middle
school students. Have other honors faculty get involved in this IU 13
- Teach AP Honors courses via
distance ed to high school students in county. Bring them together on campus
for some weekends to let them get to know MU and each other.
- Identify students from local
high schools to bring to campus, not necessarily for AP courses.
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