How to Teach an IntroSem

An Invitation to Teach an Introductory Seminar

Faculty from all seven schools of the University are eligible to teach an Introductory Seminar. Submitted seminars will be part of the curriculum contingent on department chair and decanal approvals. To teach an IntroSem in the 2018-19 academic year, by March 15th please renew a previously offered seminar or    

                                                              SUBMIT A NEW SEMINAR

After you submit a course, your materials will be edited for publication in the online IntroSems catalog and your course will be entered into the VCAIS, the database where students sign-up for priority enrollment in seminars. During week 4 of the quarter prior to teaching, you will review student applications in VCAIS and select students for your seminar.

If you'd like to consult about a new course or about redesigning a previously offered course, please contact Derisa Grant (derisa@stanford.edu). 

Types of Seminars

SIS offers three types of seminars:

Frosh Seminars

Sophomore Seminars

Sophomore Dialogues

Provide first-year students the opportunity to work closely with faculty and to develop an intellectual community with other students around a shared area of interest.

Aim to personalize education for students considering a major, encourage a spirit of mentorship between students and faculty.

May have minimal prerequisites or be targeted to an audience of non-specialists

Provide a small-group introduction to a specific area of a department’s or program’s curriculum (maximum 5 students enrolled).

Are taught only by Academic Council faculty.

May be taught by instructors who hold an Academic Council appointment or a teaching or research appointment in the department, program, or school that offers the seminar.

May be taught by instructors who hold an Academic Council appointment or a teaching or research appointment in the department, program, or school that offers the seminar.

Are offered by departments in exchange for support, in the form of billets or funding on an annual basis. Frosh Seminars count as part of the normal teaching load for all participating faculty.

Supplemental compensation may be available for overload teaching.

 

Supplemental compensation may be available for overload teaching.

 

Are expected to meet university expectations regarding hours per week. A 3-unit Frosh Seminar typically meets twice weekly, in two 75-minute meetings, or 150 minutes of weekly in-class time.

Sophomore Seminars have more flexibility in meeting times; however, the preferred schedule for a 3-unit Sophomore IntroSem is two 75-minute meetings per week, or 150 minutes of weekly in-class time.

Sophomore Dialogues have more flexibility in meeting times; however, the preferred schedule is two 75-minute meetings per week, or 150 minutes of weekly in-class time.

WRITE 2 and Ways

Students highly favor courses that fulfill requirements. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to apply to fulfill the WRITE 2 or Ways Breadth Requirement. Seminars without Ways certification generally attract fewer students.

  • WRITE 2: Faculty who want to incorporate intensive writing and oral communication practice into their Sophomore Seminar may propose the course to satisfy the university's second level Writing Requirement. Click here to learn more about WRITE 2 Seminars.
  • Ways: If your course incorporates both ‘thinking’ and ‘doing,’ and helps students consider intellectual issues from new perspectives, consider submitting your course for certification in the Ways Breadth Requirement.