Affiliated Faculty: Call for Applications

The Robert D. Clark Honors College (CHC) invites proposals from University of Oregon faculty to teach courses in 2021-22. The review of application will begin on December 4, 2020, but we will accept applications until the CHC has concluded the appointment process for 2020-21. 

Teaching an honors college class can be a great way to translate current faculty research into the classroom, is an opportunity to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to a given topic, and provides excellent exposure to faculty and their home departments. All honors college classes are limited to 19 students.

Applicants should plan on teaching the proposed course themselves, and must hold a terminal degree in their field of study prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic year. All proposals will undergo a competitive review process by the Clark Honors College Curriculum Committee.

Please direct questions to CHC Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Daphne Gallagher (

Course Categories

The Clark Honors College offers a liberal arts core education curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and analysis, engaged discussion, and written and oral communication skills. It incorporates 200-level and 400-level disciplinary courses alongside interdisciplinary first-year seminars and 300-level research courses. Attention to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion--in course design and/or content—is a priority. 

The CHC curriculum is open to courses from any discipline at the university. Each year the Clark Honors College brings on over 100 affiliated faculty from across all departments at UO. The current cohort spans over 40 different academic areas, from law to architecture, physics to sociology, and earth sciences to music. The college encourages pedagogical experimentation and innovation.  For more information about the CHC curriculum and our course expectations, please review the CHC Course Guidelines, available to those with a UO email address. If you are interested in applying and unable to access this document, please email Daphne Gallagher ( for a copy.

To offer greater flexibility in the selection and scheduling of courses, please consider whether your course might be adapted to either the 200 or 400 level. We invite you to indicate in the body of your proposal that the course might be adapted to either level.

Cultural Literacy Requirement

In addition to a primary classification as arts & letters, social science, or science & math, 400-level colloquia may also be classified as fulfilling a UO multicultural requirement in one of the following categories:

Global Perspectives Colloquium (HC 434H): These courses will foster student encounter with and critical reflection upon cultures, identities, and ways of being in global contexts. Each course will include substantial scholarship, cultural production, perspectives, and voices from members of communities under study, as sources permit.

U.S.: Difference, Inequality and Agency Colloquium (HC 444H): These courses will develop students’ analytical and reflective capacities to help them understand and ethically engage with the ongoing (cultural, economic, political, social, etc.) power imbalances that have shaped and continue to shape the United States. This engagement may also include the relation of the United States to other regions of the world. Each course will include scholarship, cultural production, perspectives, and voices from members of communities historically marginalized by these legacies of inequality.

Application Instructions and Submission Materials

Course proposals must be submitted via the Clark Honors College Affiliated Faculty Course Proposal online form. Please be aware that preference will be given to TTF applicants. Along with the application, please upload the following documents as a single combined PDF file: 

  • An Academic CV
  • A one to two page course narrative that includes 
    • Course title and preferred/possible course level(s)
    • Course description (250 words max)
    • Summary list of topics to be covered (if not included in course description)
    • 1-2 examples each of the kinds of readings and graded work that might be assigned
    • Brief discussion (250 words max) of how the course will take advantage of the small CHC class size (e.g., classroom pedagogies, writing-intensive assignments, types of projects and presentations, etc.)

Please note that a DuckID ( email) is required to access the online application. Faculty without a DuckID who want to submit a course proposal, and other faculty with questions about the online submission process, should contact Daphne Gallagher at

Required Signatory Approvals

CAS Faculty: Must obtain department head approval for their proposal submission. The CAS applicant form will route the application to the department head for approval, and then automatically to the CHC. If selected by the CHC, the application will be forwarded to the CAS Dean's office for final approval. 

All Others: Course proposals submitted by faculty from COD, COE, LCB, SOJC, SOMD, and Law require signatures from both the faculty member's department head and the school or college Dean. The non-CAS applicant form will route the application to the department head and the UO school or college for approval, and then automatically to the CHC.

Getting Started as an Affiliated Faculty Member

Whether or not you've taught with the CHC before, there are a few steps to ensure that you are correctly set-up as an affiliated faculty member with the Clark Honors College for the upcoming academic year. Once you've received notice that your course has been approved by the CHC curriculum committee, please review the following: