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Apply to be a Faculty Fellow

The University Honors College is inviting applications for its Honors College Faculty Fellowship Program. The Faculty Fellowship Program is an exciting initiative that seeks to connect curious and dedicated Honors students to tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who are conducting dynamic and cutting-edge research and creative work. We are seeking one fellow to begin her or his two-year term in Fall of 2019 (academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 respectively). The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop new classes and new formats for course delivery in the Honors College, while helping our exceptional undergraduates explore new topics, new interests, and new connections. Faculty interested in exploring innovative research and experiential learning opportunities that foster cross-disciplinary engagement are especially encouraged to apply. The aim of this program is to make the Honors College a true incubator for pedagogical innovation with the potential to benefit campus as a whole.


During the two years of the fellowship, the teaching load of an Honors Faculty Fellow will be apportioned thus:

  • One fall semester UB Seminar (XXX199) exclusively for Honors students, taught under the home department course prefix;
  • One spring semester Honors Seminar taught under the home department course prefix;
  • One regular (non-Honors) departmental teaching assignment;
  • One course release.

To support innovative course development, our Fellows have access to a $10,000 annual fund shared among all Faculty Fellows. These funds may be used to assist with course development, to support teaching innovations, and to defray course-related expenses (such as team-teaching remuneration, costs related to research activities or fees for guest speakers).

In addition, Fellows are expected to present their work as part of the Honors College Faculty Fellows Talk Series hosted every semester. The Talk Series brings together undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in new ways with the objective of exposing our undergraduates to the highest level of intellectual discussion and exchange. Students who participate in seminars offered by Honors Faculty Fellows will receive a special invitation to the talks in the series.

Former and current fellows include: Prof. Stacy Hubbard (English), Prof. Phil Kiernan (Classics), Prof. Lance Rintamaki (Communication), Prof. Walt Hakala (English), Prof. Patrick McDevitt (History), Prof. Erin Hatton (Sociology), Prof. Eduardo Mercado (Psychology), and Prof. Maria Fernanda Negrete (Romance Languages and Literatures).

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants should be tenured or tenure-track faculty in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences with a commitment to pedagogical innovation, and a strong record of teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Successful applicants will have one (1) non-Honors course per academic year bought out at a rate not to exceed $3500 per course, and must seek the approval of their departmental chair before accepting the fellowship.

Application Materials

  • Application Cover Sheet (PDF)
  • One page teaching statement
  • Two course proposals and/or sample syllabi that exemplify pedagogical innovation. We encourage you to submit one proposal for a course that includes a substantial research/cross-disciplinary/creative/experiential learning component.
  • Current CV of no more than three pages

The Honors Council reviews all applications and provides their recommendations to the Director of the Honors College.

The application deadline for fall 2019 is now closed. Stay tuned for the next application window.

Contact Information

Completed application packages should be sent to Honors College Administrative Director, Karyn St. George, kcs9@buffalo.edu.

Last updated: April 12, 2021 12:02 pm EST