Published: Sept. 4, 2018

The Office of the Vice Provost for Summer Session requests grant applications for three Summer Session teaching opportunities each year: the FIRST program, Instructional Grants, and Online Courses. Below you will find more information about each grant application opportunity.

CU Summer Session requests grant applications for the Faculty-In-Residence Summer Term (FIRST) program for Summer 2019. Working in conjunction with CU Boulder's schools and colleges, FIRST brings prominent scholars to teach during Summer Session and broadens both the faculty expertise and curricula offered to our students.

The mission of CU Summer Session is to provide quality, innovative courses and programs to a diverse student population at CU Boulder. Approximately 8,000 students enroll in Summer Session terms. The vast majority are our own CU Boulder degree students.

FIRST is part of an on-going effort to enhance the range and quality of Summer Session offerings. Potential FIRST faculty should be recognized scholars and teachers in their academic disciplines and generally hold the rank of associate or full professor. Visiting scholars will be invited from a range of disciplines. They may teach undergraduate or graduate courses during one of the Summer Session terms. Augmester is excluded from FIRST grant funding due to lower enrollments.

Course minimums are 14 students for an undergraduate course and 7 students for a graduate course. Maymester courses must have at least 18 students enrolled due to the higher attrition rates of this shorter, intensive term. FIRST faculty will lead department colloquia and, if appropriate, present a public lecture. Departmental responsibilities are detailed below.

The Office of Summer Session will make available up to four (4) grants for up to $15,000 for each FIRST scholar based upon a 3-credit course teaching load. The funds may be used as salary, transportation costs, or to offset other expenses associated with the visiting scholar. Use of funds must follow CU and state fiscal policies. The FIRST scholars and the courses they teach will be highlighted on the Summer Session website and in other communication materials.

Department chairs should submit an electronic copy of grant proposals to the appropriate Summer Session dean by Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Summer Session deans from across CU Boulder’s schools and colleges will determine the awards by committee. The potential for strong enrollments in the course to be offered by the proposed scholar will be one of the most important criterion in the selection process.

Learn More About Summer Session

For more information about Summer Session visit summer.colorado.edu, contact the Summer Session dean in your school or college, or contact Armando Parés, Assistant Dean for Summer Session at Armando.Pares@colorado.edu.

2019 Summer Session Deans

  • Program in Environmental Design – Peggy Gordon
  • Arts and Sciences – Patrick Tally
  • Leeds School of Business – Al Smith
  • School of Education – Liz Meyer
  • Engineering & Applied Science – Doug Smith
  • Media, Communication & Information – Cindy White
  • School of Law – Blake Reid
  • College of Music – John Davis

Additional Information for Department Chairs and Summer Session Deans

Department chairs submit FIRST nominations (electronic copy of each grant proposal) to their respective Summer Session dean by Sept. 24. If more than one grant is submitted, the department chair should rank the submittals to the Summer Session dean.

Each application MUST include:

  • Faculty Name, Home Institution, Rank/Title
  • Proposed Course Title, Course Number, and Session to be offered [Maymester, A, B, C, D are available for FIRST grants ]. Please keep in mind that the course must meet the minimum enrollment of 14 students for Sessions A, B, C, and D; and, 18 students for Maymester due to higher attrition rates. Where applicable, curriculum committees will give the final approval for the course.
  • Course Description to be used in the catalog and on the website (6-8 sentences).
  • 4-8 sentence Faculty Biography. This is for the purposes of promoting the course.
  • A brief (1-paragraph) analysis of the potential contribution of the faculty member to Summer Session or the department. Please include the course's target audience and projected enrollment. • Attach a C.V. for the nominated faculty member including current email and telephone number.
  • Name and email of the departmental faculty member designated as liaison to assist the FIRST scholar.

The course MUST be on the CU Student Integrated System (CUSIS) with a session and time selected. If the grant is not funded, the course will be cancelled.

FIRST courses must meet minimum course enrollments to “go.” Minimum enrollments are 14 for undergraduate courses and 7 for graduate courses. Maymester courses have a minimum enrollment of 18 students. Maymester and Session A are the most popular terms.

Department and liaison responsibilities include:

  • Providing office space, computer, and other accommodations as necessary,
  • Assuring payroll requirements are met,
  • Facilitating and arranging for housing,
  • Providing orientation to CU (BuffOne card, email, mail pick-up, parking, library services, Canvas, grading conventions, academic deadlines, etc.),
  • Arranging departmental colloquia featuring the FIRST scholar,
  • Attending an orientation meeting on FIRST scholars in January or February.

The Office of International Education, Student and Scholar Services will help with visa and payment questions. Information is available at https://www.colorado.edu/isss/about-us.

Summer 2019 Sessions, Dates, & Section Numbers

Sessions Dates Regular Section # Controlled Enrollment Section #
M (BAM) 5/13/19–5/31/19 001–049 800–809
A (BAS) 6/3/19–7/5/19 100–199 810–819
B (BBS) 7/9/19–8/9/19 200–299 820–829
C (BCS) 6/3/19–7/26/19 300–399 830–839
D (BD1) 6/3/19–8/9/19 400–499 840–849

Campus Closures

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2019
Independence Day – Thursday, July 4, 2019

CU Summer Session requests proposals from academic departments for Instructional Grant funding for Summer Session 2019.

CU Summer Session will fund up to $2,000 to be used by an academic department to supplement the salary of a faculty or instructor who will teach a high-demand undergraduate course in the summer. The goal of this grant is to offer more of the most popular undergraduate classes in summer. Priority will be given to classes not offered during previous Summer Sessions.

Summer Session’s mission is to provide quality, innovative courses and programs to a diverse student population at CU Boulder. Approximately 8,000 students enroll in Summer Session. The vast majority are our own CU Boulder degree students.

Base salary will be paid by the college/school and based on the standard summer salary rate for the college/school. Courses proposed for Instructional Grants MUST already be in the Department’s Course Inventory with a record of strong enrollments. Courses must meet class enrollment minimums of 14 undergraduate students. Maymester classes must have minimum enrollment of 18. Instructional grants are not available for Augmester classes.

Department chairs should submit an electronic copy of the instructional grant proposals to their respective Summer Session dean by Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.  If more than one grant is submitted, the department chair should rank the submittals to the Summer Session dean. 

Learn More About Summer Session

For more information about Summer Session visit summer.colorado.edu, contact the Summer Session dean in your school or college, or contact Armando Parés, Assistant Dean for Summer Session at Armando.Pares@colorado.edu.

2019 Summer Session Deans

  • Program in Environmental Design – Peggy Gordon
  • Arts and Sciences – Patrick Tally
  • Leeds School of Business – Al Smith
  • School of Education – Liz Meyer
  • Engineering & Applied Science – Doug Smith
  • Media, Communication & Information – Cindy White
  • School of Law – Blake Reid
  • College of Music – John Davis

Summer 2019 Sessions, Dates, & Section Numbers

Sessions Dates Regular Section # Controlled Enrollment Section #
M (BAM) 5/13/19–5/31/19 001–049 800–809
A (BAS) 6/3/19–7/5/19 100–199 810–819
B (BBS) 7/9/19–8/9/19 200–299 820–829
C (BCS) 6/3/19–7/26/19 300–399 830–839
D (BD1) 6/3/19–8/9/19 400–499 840–849

Campus Closures

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2019
Independence Day – Thursday, July 4, 2019

CU Summer Session requests grant applications for the funding of the development and teaching of online courses in Summer Session 2019.

The mission of Summer Session is to provide quality, innovative courses and programs to a diverse student population at CU Boulder. Summer Session began offering online courses taught by tenure or tenure track faculty in 2009. Approximately 8,000 students enroll in Summer Session terms. The vast majority are our own CU Boulder degree students. Over 100 online sections were offered in 2018. Many, but not all, were first offered through this grant funding.

Faculty will receive a $5,000 development stipend (for a 3-credit course) and will work one-on-one with an instructional designer to develop the course. The course will be offered in Summer Session 2019. The grant covers a development stipend of $5,000, the faculty salary, the TA/grader salary (where appropriate for enrollment), and one-on-one instructional design. Faculty salaries are determined by the school or college Summer Session salary schedule. Priority will be given to courses that meet major, minor or core/general education requirements and are taught by tenure or tenure-track faculty.

The online course design work can occur in the spring 2019 semester. All course development work must be completed by May 1, 2019. The stipend is paid after the course is developed. The faculty member must be eligible for the “overload” to allow for the course development.

Department chairs should submit an electronic copy of the online grant proposals to their respective Summer Session dean by Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. If more than one grant is submitted, the department chair should rank the submittals to the Summer Session dean. Please note that online courses are not offered during Maymester or Augmester.

The course MUST be on the CU Student Integrated System (CUSIS) with a session and time selected.

Learn More About Summer Session

For more information about Summer Session visit summer.colorado.edu, contact the Summer Session dean in your school or college, or contact Armando Parés, Assistant Dean for Summer Session at Armando.Pares@colorado.edu.

2019 Summer Session Deans

  • Program in Environmental Design – Peggy Gordon
  • Arts and Sciences – Patrick Tally
  • Leeds School of Business – Al Smith
  • School of Education – Liz Meyer
  • Engineering & Applied Science – Doug Smith
  • Media, Communication & Information – Cindy White
  • School of Law – Blake Reid
  • College of Music – John Davis

Summer 2019 Sessions, Dates, & Section Numbers

Sessions Dates Regular Section # Controlled Enrollment Section #
M (BAM) 5/13/19–5/31/19 001–049 800–809
A (BAS) 6/3/19–7/5/19 100–199 810–819
B (BBS) 7/9/19–8/9/19 200–299 820–829
C (BCS) 6/3/19–7/26/19 300–399 830–839
D (BD1) 6/3/19–8/9/19 400–499 840–849

Campus Closures

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2019
Independence Day – Thursday, July 4, 2019