Faculty Information


The Ithaca Seminar Program is soliciting expressions of interest from faculty who wish to offer new or repeat courses for Fall 2015. Ithaca Seminar faculty members come from all across the campus and we offer 4-credit integrative liberal arts courses for all first-year students. These required courses introduce new students to college level academic inquiry as well as help smooth their academic and social transition to college.  If you've been looking for an opportunity to stretch disciplinary boundaries and you enjoy close working relationships in seminar style classes, the ICSM program is for you!

The Ithaca Seminar is an important requirement in the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) for first-semester students.  The courses are topic based and align with at least one Theme and at least one Perspective. Please go the the ICC website to find more information about the Themes and Perspectives program. You might also want to look at the Fall 2014 offerings to get a flavor of what faculty are doing right now.  

To support course development for this program new faculty will automatically receive a summer curriculum development grant of $3,300.  Returning faculty that have taught in the program three times since their last grant will be eligible to submit course revision grant proposals in Spring 2015. 

Process Guidelines - Deadline December 5th, 2014

Please look at the ICSM Program Description for seminar student learning outcomes, program goals, and faculty responsibilities, and compensation.  All interested faculty, newcomers and repeaters, should complete an Intent To Teach 2015 form; this will be turned in to your Dean’s office with a chair signature. In addition, you may need to submit a course proposal or designation form. See below for guidelines. All documents can be found by clicking here. The deadline for turning in the paperwork is December 5th, 2014. If you need additional time for the course proposal, please contact Shaianne Osterreich. 

  • If you taught in Fall of 2013 or 2014 and you will keep your course as is, you only need to turn in the Intent form. 

  • If you have not taught an ICSM in Fall 2013 or 2014 you will need to complete an ICSM Course Proposal.  This piece contains Theme and Perspective designation requests. The ICSM steering committee and the Committee on College-Wide Requirements will review this.  

  • If you taught in the Fall of 2013 or 2014 and you want to change/supplement your Theme or Perspective designations, you will need to complete a Theme or Perspective designation form. Also, you may want to add a Diversity or Quantitative Literacy designation.

During the Spring semester we will be partnering with the Center for Faculty Excellence to offer a series of workshops on ICSM course development and the needs of first year students. 

If you have any questions about the Ithaca Seminar program, if you are wondering how to fit a seminar into your current departmental obligations, or if you want to strategize or the future, please contact Shaianne Osterreich, Coordinator of the ICSM, to start that conversation.