Information for Faculty


Updated October 10th 2017.

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 2017 to get a flavor of what faculty and staff are doing right now.

To support course development for this program new instructors will automatically receive a summer curriculum development grant of $3,300. Returning instructors that have taught in the program three times since their last grant will be eligible to submit course revision grant proposals in Spring 2018.

Information for faculty interested in teaching an Ithaca Seminar

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

All forms and documents can be found by clicking here.

  • If you taught an ICSM anytime between Fall of 2014-2017 and you will keep your course mostly as is, you only need to submit the Intent to Teach 2018 form.
  • 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 modified SLO 2 that has changed since that 2014.
  • 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 2018.
  • If you have taught an ICSM between 2014-2017 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 revise your course you must complete the grant form below and submit a ICSM Course Proposal form for approval of planned changes.


Intent to Teach forms - Friday December 8th, 2017. Form must be submitted to your Dean’s office with a chair signature, faculty and staff interested in teaching an Ithaca Seminar course must get chair and Dean approval.

New or Revised Course Proposals - Monday March 9, 2018. (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 2018 schedule even though the course proposal may not have been approved yet.)

Faculty Support for New/Revised Course Development

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 plan for the future, please contact Michael Buck, Coordinator of the ICSM, to start that conversation.

Grant Proposal Form - Fall 2018

Ithaca Seminars - Engaged Pedagogy for First Year Students
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