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William O. Douglas
Honors College

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Resources for DHC Faculty

The William O. Douglas Honors College is proud that our faculty is comprised of the best that Central Washington University has to offer. To help faculty engage fully with the DHC and CWU's mission and core values, we've comprised this Faculty Resources page.

DHC Topic Proposals: Now Accepting Submissions

Proposal deadline: Friday, November 15 by 5:00 PM

Propose a topic for the William O. Douglas Honors College

Proposals may be for any of the seven thematic areas in the DHC core curriculum, as long as they meet the appropriate learner outcomes. The DHC is interested in the further development of its Physical and Biological Systems topics (DHC 160/161) and team-taught courses, especially those which combine scientific, humanities and/or social sciences inquiry. If you are proposing a topic for DHC160/161: Physical and Biological Systems please remember to include a lab/field component, as these topics will satisfy the general education requirements for our honors students. There also may be a limited number of team-teaching opportunities, and we welcome proposals in this area, but they are subject to budgetary constraints; team-taught courses where each instructor would take a 2.5 load for the topic would also be considered. All DHC classes are capped at a maximum of 24 students.

Submit a topic proposal

To submit a topic proposal to the DHC, download Topic Proposal Form. Fill out the form and then upload it using the webform below.  For team-taught courses, please include both faculty members. For more information on the DHC Course Learner Outcomes, download DHC Course Learner Outcomes

Before proposing a topic, please read Teaching in the William O. Douglas Honors College

All faculty proposing topics are encouraged to attend one of the two DHC Topic Proposal Workshops and topic proposal drop-in hours.

DHC Topic Proposal Workshops: Hebeler Room 219A

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

DHC Topic Proposal Drop-in Hours: Hebeler Room 219A

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What makes an excellent honors topic proposal? What pitfalls should you avoid in the topic design process? What is the DHC Advisory Committee looking for in a DHC topic? Is the Honors College ready for a topic on the rise of emojis and the fall of grammar? Attend the DHC Topic Proposal workshop and get the answers to all these questions and more.

At the workshop, faculty will gain insight into how the DHC Advisory Committee evaluates topic proposals. Faculty will also learn the elements of an excellent proposal. Successful topic proposals will be available to view (maybe a few unsuccessful ones as well.) 

Faculty are encouraged to bring a draft of their DHC topic proposal to the workshop as time will be set aside to refine the proposal with current DHC faculty. 

RSVP to the workshop by submitting the following form: Workshop RSVP. Please indicate which date you will be in attendance.

The proposals will be blind reviewed by the DHC Advisory Committee. By the end of winter quarter, the Committee will make its decisions about which topics will be funded and taught. If your proposal is selected, you will receive a $500 stipend to develop the topic, including an assessment component using Canvas. The topic may be scheduled during the 2019-2020 academic year unless circumstances require a delay in scheduling. Please advise your department chair and dean that you are submitting a proposal, as you will need their approval to teach in the DHC.

If you need more informaiton, please review our Faculty Resources page, and if you have any questions, please contact the Honors College by email at Thank you for your support of the DHC.

Teaching in the William O. Douglas Honors College

Topic Proposal Form

DHC Course Learner Outcomes

The following are documents related to the Upper-Division Honors program.

The following are useful links that may be useful to reference when working with the Upper-Division Honors program.