Honors Eccles Fellows

The Honors Program invites faculty to apply for an Honors Eccles Fellowship.

2016-2017 Application

What is the Honors Eccles Fellows Program?                                    

The goal of the program is to:
  • Encourage faculty to develop their teaching and scholarly interests through teaching in the Honors Program;
  • Offer students stimulating and diverse Honors classes at the 3000 level.

How does the program work?

  • An Eccles Fellow develops and teaches a new class in the Honors Program on a topic related to the Fellow’s scholarly interests;
  • As well as teaching the class, the Fellow receives 3 hours of release time to pursue research related to the class.

To apply for an Eccles Fellowship:

  • Submit a proposal to teach a 3000 level Honors seminar class, either individually or with one other colleague;
  • Preference will be given to faculty who pair across departmental lines;
  • Colleagues should submit a single proposal for the class.

What else do I need to know?

  • The class should be a new preparation;
  • We encourage class proposals related to your area of scholarship that you can then use for presentations and publications;
  • For a single teacher class, Honors will buy out 3 hours of teaching from the department as well as paying for 3 hours of release time, for a total of six hours;
  • For a co-taught class, Honors will buy out 3 hours of teaching from both departments, as well as paying for 3 hours of release time for each colleague, for a total of 12 hours for the class;
  • The department chair must agree to releasing the Eccles Fellow for both the teaching and release time;
  • Because one of the goals is to provide time for scholarship, the Fellow may not teach overload the semester s/he takes the release time; 
  • We urge Fellows to participate fully in Honors events by attending activities such as “Food for Thought,” Fall or Spring Graduation Banquets, as well as Honors social and cultural events;
  • Weight will be given to applications that make a contribution to both the Honors Program, and to the larger Weber community.

How will the applicants be selected?

A committee of former Eccles Fellows, the Honors Steering Committee, and the Honors Director will award one fellowship for Spring semester, and one for Fall semester.

When is the application deadline?                                    

Applications are due before fall break.


Contact Judy Elsley, Honors Director, at jelsley@weber.edu.


Sample Applications

The Physics of Poetry and the Poetry of Physics: The Whys and Hows of Science and Literature Application

Science and Cooking: From molecules to mouth Application

Previous Eccles Fellows

Semester Instructor(s) Course Title Description
Spring 2015 Sally Bishop Shigley & Brad Carroll The Physics of Poetry and the Poetry of Physics: The Whys and Hows of Science and Literature Students will explore the epistemologies and histories of texts in both science and literature through reading various fiction and non-fiction genres.  Issues of inquiry will include how science is represented in literature and how the humanities are seen by scientists.  How does science use metaphors to explain the unexplainable?  How does literature appropriate scientific theory as a subject?
Fall 2014 Kathryn MacKay, Julie Rich, & Pepper Glass City as Text Go on Walkabout!
Map, Observe, Listen, and Reflect! 
City as Text is an experiential, interdisciplinary investigation of the people, architecture, culture, changing demographics of a place -- in our case -- the city of Ogden.
Spring 2014 Barb Trask & Matthew Schmolesky Science and Cooking: From molecules to mouth This course has been designed to utilize the “everyday” activity of cooking as a conduit through which to convey seminal scientific principles such as physical phase changes, the molecular composition of biological organisms, chemical bond formation and destruction, and the physiological and psychological basis for food selection, preparation, perception, and satisfaction. To master these and other scientific concepts, students will participate in laboratory-style cooking “experiments,” and discussion sessions centered around experiments.
Fall 2013 Russ Burrows & Greg Lewis China's Great Leap Forward, 1958-1962 In the 1950's and 1960's, China engaged in a national experiment in modernization: the Great Leap Forward.  Honors is offering an exciting new class, HNRS 3900, that will explore this social experiment through films, documentaries, first-hand accounts, and fiction.  The class will also include class visits from Chinese lecturers who experienced the events. 
How does a society reinvent itself? What works? What doesn't? What can we learn from the Great Leap Forward?
The class will coincide with the September 2013's Asian film festival which will feature a number of films on the Great Leap Forward.
The Honors Program is proud to offer this amazing opportunity in Fall 2013.
Spring 2013 Sian Griffiths & Jenny Kokai Making Your Movie In this class, we will study every practical aspect necessary to create, market and display short independent films. Given the length of this class, each topic will be approached in brief with practical ends.  After we examine the practical aspects of film production, including budgeting, story boarding, shot lists, camera angles, and editing, students will be divided into production teams. They will be given scripts written by the students in the screen writing class the previous semester. Students wall be asked as a group to produce, edit, and market their short film.
Fall 2012 Christy Call Tracing the Interconnections Between Animals, Objects & Humans How does our society represent animals? How do humans coexist with animals today, and how has the relationship changed over time? How do our representations of animals define us as humans?Further, how do things (tools, objects, and technologies) mediate social relations? How do the things we make also make us? At core, these questions challenge us to examine our rational ties with nonhuman beings and entities. This interdisciplinary course will forefront such dynamics by presenting the human as relationally interconnected. As a mode of ecological thought, we will consider the constellation of "others" that co-author our human lives. This class will feature fascinating readings as well as artistic, photographic, and filmic representations on the interconnections between humans, animals, and materialities. These rich and diverse sources, discussed in an interactive classroom, will provide a foundation for students to develop and refine their own ideas, insights, and questions.