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 with details. If you have questions regarding course proposals, you may also email, 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 Chansky, Director of Summer Session and Pre-College Programs at or 401-863-7905.

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



Course Proposal
  1. Concise, descriptive, and engaging
  2. Items 2-5 below will be combined and serve as your course description. Please use complete sentences since these paragraphs will be published online.
  3. Capture the key elements of the course and why it is interesting.
    (3 sentences or up to 250 characters)
  4. 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 such as access to specialized equipment, rare objects or unique experiences?
    Are there any unusual or particularly relevant aspects to the instructor’s background?
    How does the course provide a foundation to further study in the field?
    (up to 400 words)
  5. 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?
    (50 to 100 words)
  6. Indicate your expectation of prior knowledge (e.g. high school biology, second year algebra, AP or honors level English, etc), high school grade level (e.g. rising juniors and seniors, open to all), particular proficiency, and age of students who enroll in this course.
Teaching Goals

Describe your approach to teaching this age-group and how you will determine that students actually learned what you intended for them to learn.

Additional Information

List any required space needed in order to teach this class.