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 (2022-23) as part of our curriculum development process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make any changes to an existing IntroSem's description or bio, or to renew a seminar from one 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 2022-23 academic year is March 15, 2022.
- 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 sign-ups 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 (email@example.com).
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 6 students enrolled).|
|Are taught only by Academic Council or MCL faculty.||May be taught by faculty who hold an Academic Council appointment; or by experienced and successful academic staff/lecturers, and staff or postdocs with ongoing teaching responsibilities at Stanford (such instructors typically hold teaching appointments as Academic Staff or Staff-Other Teaching/Research). Graduate students, non-teaching Post docs, and non-teaching Staff are ineligible at this time.||May be taught by faculty who hold an Academic Council appointment; or by experienced and successful academic staff/lecturers, and staff or postdocs with ongoing teaching responsibilities at Stanford (such instructors typically hold teaching appointments as Academic Staff or Staff-Other Teaching/Research). Graduate students, non-teaching Post docs, and non-teaching Staff are ineligible at this time.|
|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.
- 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.
- WRITE 2: Faculty who want to incorporate intensive writing and oral communication practice into their Sophomore Introductory Seminar may propose the course to satisfy the university's second level Writing Requirement. Click to learn more about WRITE 2 Seminars.