For Faculty

Benefits of Teaching during Wintersession

  • Longer blocks of instructional time allow for innovation in course development
  • Unique opportunity to experiment with pedagogy, topics, and approaches
  • Ability to trade a spring semester course for a Wintersession course (with chair’s permission)

Proposing a Wintersession Course
Course proposals are submitted via online application. See the Faculty Course Proposal Process page for details!


Instructional Time
​Wintersession courses must constitute a total of 180 hours of work, including 48 contact hours (which may include time spent in exams). The classroom time and pacing of hours may be determined entirely by the professor within the Wintersession calendar dates. Faculty may include evenings, Saturdays, and/or online components towards the total number of contact hours.

Weather-Related Cancellation Policy: Instructors who deem it unsafe to get to or from the campus may, at their discretion, choose to cancel their own class(es). Faculty doing so are responsible for notifying their students directly and for making arrangements for make-up sessions. In the event that the university closes, all classes will be canceled and instructors will be responsible for arranging make-up sessions. All make-up sessions must occur within the Wintersession dates.

Since Wintersession is a new initiative, faculty teaching a course during this term will be asked to provide feedback on areas of strength and areas for improvement. Faculty recommendations will inform changes for the following year.

Additionally, faculty will administer evaluations for Wintersession courses to their students, as is customary during the semester.