FAS Faculty Academy Mini-Courses


Proposals for courses are welcome from:

  • any ladder faculty member with a primary or fully joint appointment in an FAS department or program (including emeritus/a faculty), or
  • any instructional (non-ladder) faculty member with a primary or fully joint full-time multi-year non-visiting appointment in an FAS department or program or the MacMillan Center.

A limited number (no fewer than 2 and no more than 5) of courses will be selected for offering each year. Courses may be taught by individual faculty, or by pairs or small groups of faculty.

Once courses have been announced, all FAS faculty will be invited to participate as students, modulo any prerequisites the instructor(s) may put in place. In the event of oversubscription, a selection process will be announced.


FAS faculty (meeting the eligibility criteria above) are invited to offer three- to five-day mini-courses open to other FAS faculty. Courses will meet during the last two weeks of May, for a minimum of roughly 10 and a maximum of roughly 25 hours, with the configuration determined by the faculty member leading the course. (For example: a literature seminar might meet for five 2-hour morning sessions; a data science lecture/lab might include three 1-hour morning lectures and four 3-hour afternoon “problem-solving” sessions; etc.)

Faculty teaching Faculty Mini-Courses will be provided with modest financial compensation (up to $5,000, depending on the scale of the course) in recognition of their efforts towards preparation and teaching.

Application Process for 2020

March 2, 2020: Faculty wishing to propose mini-courses for May 2020 should submit their proposal via this webform no later than March 2, 2020.

March 20, 2020: The FAS Dean’s Office will work iteratively with faculty members who have submitted proposals for Faculty Mini-Courses to determine feasibility for May 2020.

End of March 2020: Courses for the May 2020 FAS Faculty Academy will be announced by the end of March 2020.