School of Professional Studies

New Course Proposal for Pre-College Programs

The School of Professional Studies provides a variety of teaching opportunities in a wide range of programs throughout the year. Faculty, graduate students, adjuncts, post-docs and staff with academic knowledge and instructional experience are welcome to submit course proposals. You may submit more than one course proposal, but please use a separate form for each.

Prior to completing your course proposal form, we encourage you familiarize yourself with the particular program for which you intend to propose a course and to read through the relevant course descriptions. While we seek courses reflecting a wide range of subject matters, courses proposed should be consonant with the Brown curriculum. Given the size and scope of our programs, in many cases we will be seeking multiple courses in related areas, and in some cases multiple instructors for additional sections of both new courses and courses currently in our catalog.

To provide us with sufficient information to review your course proposal, please provide substantive responses to all questions. Should your course be approved, the information you provide in the Course Description section will also serve as the basis for the published course description – though you will have opportunities to adjust and refine your proposal on the basis of further conversations with us.

Only use this form for courses not previously offered through SPS. If you have taught for us before and wish to teach with us again - or if you are new to us but wish to offer yourself as an instructor for a course currently in our catalog - please email SPSCourses@Brown.edu with details. If you have questions regarding course proposals, you may also email SPSCourses@Brown.edu, call (401) 863-7901, or contact the appropriate Program Director directly.

SUMMER SESSION: If you have questions about or are interested in teaching in the University’s credit bearing Summer Session, please contact James Chanksy, Director of Summer Session and Pre-College Programs at james_chansky@brown.edu or 401-863-7905.

My Information
Which Program are you interested in? (Select all that apply)

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Course Proposal

Please note: Items 2-5, below, should together be between 400 and 500 words. Please use complete sentences since these paragraphs will be published online as the course description.

  1. Concise, descriptive, and engaging
  2. This part of the course description will be what students first see in the catalog before they proceed to the full description, so should capture the key elements of the course. What is the overarching theme and main objective of the course? Why is this interesting to the specific audience?
  3. What is the focus of the course: in particular, what topics, concepts, methods, issues, or problems will be covered? What will students be reading and doing in the course? Are there any unique or unusual elements you’d like to highlight – such as access to specialized equipment, rare objects or unique experiences? Are there any unusual or particularly relevant aspects to the instructor’s background? Finally, how does the course provide a foundation to further study in the field?
  4. By the end of this course, what will students know or be able to do in ways that will advance their study in this particular area and/or matter to their future as college students?
  5. Please indicate as best you can what prior knowledge (eg. high school biology, second year algebra, AP or honors level English, etc), high school grade level (eg. rising juniors and seniors, open to all), particular proficiency or age that you will expect students to have who enroll in this course. This is essential to ensure students have the necessary preparation for your course. If your course requires no specific prior knowledge or grade level but there are topics or subject matters - especially if your course is interdisciplinary - that indicate what predominant interests you expect the students to possess, please indicate these.
Teaching Goals

Please give us some sense of your approach to teaching the specific age-group for whom you’ve designed your course and how you will determine that students actually learned what you intended for them to learn.

Additional Information

Does this course require any special classroom, laboratory space or other curricular needs? If so, please describe.