Honors Eccles Fellows

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

Application Form

The Honors Eccles Fellows Program encourages faculty to develop their teaching and scholarly interests through teaching in the Honors Program. An Eccles Fellow develops and teaches a new class on a topic related to their scholarly interests. Eccles Fellows are compensated with 3 hours of teaching time and 3 hours of release time to pursue research related to the class.

Application Process:

  • Submit a proposal to teach an HNRS 3900 Seminar class, either individually or with one other colleague;
  • Strong preference will be given to interdisciplinary classes with a subject connection to faculty research interests;
  • Weight will be given to classes that contribute to both the Honors Program and to the larger Weber community;
  • A single proposal should be submitted for team-taught classes.

Please note:

  • The class should be a new preparation;
  • Eccles Fellows are encouraged to use their HNRS 3900 class as material for presentations and publications;
  • Department Chair(s) must agree to release the Eccles Fellow for both teaching and release time;
  • Eccles Fellows may not teach overload in the semester they take release time; 
  • Eccles Fellows are urged to participate in Honors events;

Eccles Fellows are selected by a committee of former Fellows, the Honors Faculty Advisory Board, and the Honors Director. A Fall Fellowship and a Spring Fellowship will be awarded.

Applications are due by 4 pm the day before Fall Break.


Contact Dan Bedford, Honors Director, at dbedford@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 2017 Brandon Burnett & Dianna Huxhold Chemistry of Art This course is a special investigation of the relationship between chemistry and visual art. Students will learn about different art media from a macroscopic and molecular perspective. This course will also include hands-on visual art projects using media discussed in class including, but not limited to, painting, pencils, charcoal, and clay.
Spring 2016 Electra Fielding Religion in Early Spain Learn about how Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together for over 800 years in Spain, the rich cross-cultural exchange between all three cultures, the eventual disintegration of their convivencia, and the repercussions of this cultural past in today’s Europe. This class fulfills upper-division Spanish credit and European Studies credit.
Fall 2015 Barrett Bonella & Corina Segovia-Tadehara Qualitative Research This class teaches you how to use qualitative research tools in a project of your choosing that you will then submit for publication. The course will provide you with a valuable grounding and understanding in how to use qualitative research effectively.
Spring 2015 Brad Carroll & Sally Bishop Shigley 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 Siân 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.