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Course Proposals

Course Proposals

Faculty who wish to teach at SMU-in-Taos must submit a course proposal form using one of the links below.  Typically, courses with obvious southwest relevance or experiential learning components, high student demand and departmental support will be most successful. We hope you will consider proposing a course for SMU-in-Taos.

Course Proposal Forms

Jan Term 2019
  • Submit an online proposal by Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Term Dates (All term dates include arrival and departure days)
    • January Term: January 7-16  (PRW & KNW faculty/students must arrive on January 4)
    • Dallas Pre-Departure Orientation: Tuesday, December 4 at 5 pm

Course Proposal Process

The course proposal process involves four basic stages of submission, selection, enrollment, and confirmation. Please refer to the timeline below for specific dates.

  • Submission: When you submit your proposal form online, a confirmation email will be sent to you, the Taos Office and your department chair.  Your course must be approved by your department chair and dean in order for it to be considered.  
  • Selection: After the proposal due date, all proposals will be reviewed by the SMU-in-Taos Course Selection Committee.  Once courses have been selected, you will be notified via email.  You will also receive a Contract Letter and Course Budget in the mail.  Both documents should be signed and returned to the Taos Office as soon as possible.
  • Enrollment: Shortly after the course listing is set, the Taos Office will announce courses and begin accepting student applications online.  At this time, we will need your assistance in promoting the full course offerings as well as your own class.  Course enrollment numbers will be monitored throughout the student applications process.  Your course may be cancelled if it does not garner sufficient enrollment by the priority application deadline.  
  • Confirmation: After the student priority application deadline, the Taos Office will notify you of your course's status. If your course has been confirmed, you will be sent a Faculty Forms packet, which will need to completed and returned to the Taos Office as soon as possible.   

Orientation: A student orientation is held in Dallas prior to each term.  Time is set aside during this orientation for faculty to meet with their students (informally) and begin laying out expectations for the course.  Faculty are asked to attend this orientation whenever possible.

Timeline (all dates are subject to change) January Summer
Course Proposals Due
Course Selection Committee's Decision
Contract Letters & Budgets Due
 10/15/18  TBA
Course Confirmation/Cancellation Notice  11/28/18  TBA
Faculty Forms Packet Due
 12/04/18  TBA
Dallas Orientation  12/04/18  TBA


If you have any questions about the proposal process, please feel free to contact our office.