Submit a New Seminar

An Invitation to Teach an Introductory Seminar

*Seminars offered in the current academic year will be automatically renewed for the next academic year as part of our curriculum development process. Please email introsems@stanford.edu if you would like to make any changes to an existing IntroSem's description or bio, or to renew a seminar from two or more years ago.

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 dean approvals.

The seminar deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is March 15, 2020
 

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 IntroSems. During week 4 of the quarter prior to teaching, you will review student applications in VCAIS and select students for your seminar.
  • If your department has already sent approval of a new seminar offering to the IntroSems program, please use the new seminar form to submit complete details of the course. 
  • If you'd like to consult about a new course or about redesigning a previously offered course, please contact Associate Director Lauri Dietz (lauridietz@stanford.edu). 

Types of Introductory Seminars

SIS offers three types of IntroSems:

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 faculty who hold an Academic Council appointment; or by experienced and successful instructors with ongoing teaching responsibilities in a degree-granting unit at Stanford (such instructors typically hold teaching appointments as Academic Staff or Staff-Other Teaching/Research).

May be taught by faculty who hold an Academic Council appointment; or by experienced and successful instructors with ongoing teaching responsibilities in a degree-granting unit at Stanford (such instructors typically hold teaching appointments as Academic Staff or Staff-Other Teaching/Research).

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 80-minute meetings, or 160 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 80-minute meetings per week, or 160 minutes of weekly in-class time.

Sophomore Dialogues have more flexibility in meeting times; however, the preferred schedule is two 80-minute meetings per week, or 160 minutes of weekly in-class time.

Ways and WRITE 2

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