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 Tuesday, July 24, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Summer Session brings distinguished visiting faculty
By Linda Besen, Publications and Creative Services

The summer season brings a change of routine and Summer Session on our campus is no exception. This summer, students attending CU-Boulder have a range of terms, faculty and courses to choose from, including the opportunity to enroll in courses taught by nine distinguished visiting professors.

CU-Boulder faculty and department chairs nominate candidates for the FIRST program. According to Carol Drake, director of Summer Session, faculty often want to work with a particular colleague or are aware of a professor who can bring in needed expertise for students. Those nominations go to the Summer Session dean in each school and college, who is responsible for helping to manage the summer program and ensure that the curriculum is appropriate, as well as that it meets students’ needs.

The culled nominations are reviewed by Drake and Anne Heinz, dean of the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies and AVC for Summer Session. “We’re looking for faculty who can augment the courses taught by our own faculty. In some cases, they’re engaged in research with our faculty,” said Drake. “Or they are bringing in a skill set that we wouldn’t have available to our students in the summer.”

Visiting scholars receive office and administrative support from the college or school they are associated with. Housing is provided in Reed Hall, the Bear Creek Apartments, or, for scholars who bring their families, at Family Housing, or Bear Creek if the children are older. The faculty housing exchange is also an option.

In addition to teaching, many of the visiting faculty present public lectures or talks, mentor students, and participate in department colloquia. This summer Robert Cox, president of the Sierra Club board of directors, spoke to the Denver Press Club. The English department held a symposium with D. A. Miller, a pioneer in the study of literature dealing with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender sexuality, about the movie Brokeback Mountain. U.S. Tax Court Judge Maurice Foley met with law students.

Summer Session provides students with a way to enrich their education, pursue a double degree, or accelerate the time it takes to earn a degree. The majority of faculty teaching the 500 summer courses is drawn from the CU-Boulder academic ranks. Of the 7,300 students attending Summer Session, 6,500 are regular, degree-seeking students.



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