Information for Faculty


Updated November 2018.

Ithaca Seminar instructors are faculty and staff members from all across campus that develop and teach 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 with students 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. Please go the ICC website to find more information about this campus wide general education program. You might also want to look at the Fall 2018 offerings to get a flavor of what faculty and staff are doing right now.

Practical Aspects of Teaching an ICSM

  • ICSMs are 4-credit courses and must meet for a total of 200 minutes per week. All ICSMs will meet M, W, or F from 12:12:50 and one of the following times slots. You will be asked to select your preferred time slots in late January 2019. Under certain circumstances exception to these time slots are allowed, especially for non-peak times.
    • MWF 9:00-9:50, 11:00-11:50, 3:00-3:50
    • TR 8:00-9:25, 1:10-2:25, 4:005:15
  • During Spring 2019 we will hold faculty development sessions for new instructors on developing excellent seminars in the liberal arts tradition, specifically for first year students.
  • In May 2019 all new and returning faculty will meet for 1-2 day-long workshops oriented around new faculty training (half-day), enhancing community and academic rigor in our classes, and supporting first year students in transition. It is expected that all faculty teaching in 2019 will attend.
  • ICSM instructors participate in the ongoing assessment of the courses and the program.
  • In most cases, faculty are asked to be the academic advisor for Exploratory students. Part-time faculty do not get assigned this responsibility.

Compensation for Course Development and Overload

To foster the development of the outstanding courses that form the backbone of this college-wide program, faculty scheduled to teach a course in the program for the first time in Fall 2019 will receive a summer course development grant of $3,300. This grant is to support the faculty member in the development of excellent liberal arts pedagogy and syllabus development. The expectation is that the faculty member will teach an Ithaca Seminar three times in the next five years. After you have taught in the ICSM program for 3 semesters, you are eligible to apply for a course revision grant.

If teaching the 4 credit course will put the faculty at an overload, the ICSM program pays for that overload.

Process information for faculty interested in teaching an Ithaca Seminar in Fall 2019

Please look at the ICSM Program Description for seminar student learning outcomes, program goals, faculty responsibilities, and compensation.

Course proposal and designation forms can be found by clicking here.

  • Everyone that is interested in teaching an ICSM in the Fall of 2019 must submit complete this electronic form by clicking here : Intent to Teach 2019 form.
  • If you taught an ICSM anytime between Fall of 2014-2018 and you will keep your course mostly as is, you only need to submit the new electronic form by clicking here - Intent to Teach 2019.
  • If you have taught an ICSM but not after 2014 you will need to submit an ICSM Course Proposal indicating how you will revise the course to address the current SLOs.
  • If you have never taught an ICSM, you will need to submit an ICSM Course Proposal. The ICSM Steering Committee will review these proposals in Spring 2019.
  • If you have taught an ICSM between 2014-2018 or are proposing a new ICSM and you want to add a Diversity or Quantitative Literacy designation you will need to submit that proposal form to CCR.
  • If you have taught your seminar 3 times in the past five years and would like to substantially revise your course or offer a new course you should submit an ICSM Course Proposal form for approval of planned changes. For substantial re-design or content revisions/updates or transition to college improvements you will be eligible to complete a Curriculum Revision Grant Proposal form below. You should plan on completing that form by Spring 2019.


Intent to Teach forms - Friday December 10th, 2018.

New or Revised Course Proposals - Monday March 8, 2019. (Please note that the ICSM steering committee works very closely with all proposers and it is very uncommon for a course to be rejected. If you signal your intent to teach we will add you to the Fall 2019 schedule even though the course proposal may not have been approved yet.)

Ithaca Seminars - Engaged Pedagogy for First Year Students
The Pool by  Jen Lewin; photo by How Hwee Young