RISD Global works to support faculty in preparing and leading off-campus teaching and learning experiences for students during the Wintersession term, as well as shorter-term courses during Fall- and Spring-breaks and Summer.
Faculty can propose Wintersession (WS) travel courses alongside on-campus semester-long courses. To do so, faculty should work with the department head of their area, and related staff, to submit a course proposal by the established deadline. WS travel courses are submitted to Academic Affairs and the Registrar's Office along with all other on-campus courses, and they are subject to the same review process. In submitting the proposal, faculty should consider:
- The location of the course and its relevance to the course content.
- Their familiarity with the site, geographic location, and/or community in the proposed course location.
- If further resources and/or information is needed to fully prepare to bring RISD students to the site/location of the proposed course.
Prior to course proposal, RISD faculty members can apply for a Global Engagement for Curricular Development grant to plan, research and prepare to develop a WS travel course or studio. All faculty are welcome, at any time, to meet with RISD Global to discuss plans/thoughts/ideas for potential WS travel courses and/or studios.
Step One: Approval from Department, Division and AA (October-January)
RISD faculty members prepare and submit the course proposal for review in the late fall of the previous academic year (for a Winter session travel course planned to be offered in 2019, the course proposal must be prepared in Fall 2017) as part of the course table.
RISD Faculty submit to the Department Head the following materials:
- Course proposal form (link to course proposal form + instructions for completion)
- Draft budget (created with Academic Budgets & Resources)
- Draft itinerary
- Draft syllabus/curriculum
If the Department Head approves, the department will send all materials to the Dean’s office for their review and approval. If Dean approves, the Dean’s office will submit to Academic Administration all of the above listed materials. Academic Administration approves/does not approve based on available TU budget and contractual compliance confirmation.
Step Two: Submission for Committee Review (February-April)
Academic Administration provides the Wintersession Committee Members with all submission materials to review. In the March / April meetings, the Committee review and approve all travel courses for following WS. The review focuses on: appropriate faculty + 2nd responsible adult, course proposal and its alignment with location/site of course, budget, and syllabus + itinerary.
Step Three: Approval confirmation (April-May)
Wintersession Committee Chair communicates with faculty if course is approved and, if not, the edits that needs to be done to get the course approved. In copy: Academic Administration, RISD Global, WS Committee Support, Dept. Head & Dean.
Step Four: Announcement + Publicity
Registrar’s sets up, adds to list of travel courses, and adds to Course Announcement (if prior to publication). RISD Global posts the course/studio on their website. Faculty work with RISD Global to establish marketing and promotion strategy.
RISD Global support to WS travel course
Every year, RISD Global works with faculty, Department Heads and Deans to create a supportive environment for these off-campus teaching and learning experiences.
- Consults with faculty, per request, on the location, organization, and details of travel courses and studios during the course preparation stages.
- Helps promote the courses.
- Ensures that the International Crisis Response Team, Public Safety, and Student Affairs are aware of these off-campus courses.
- Co-develops and leads the pre-departure meetings for faculty + joins faculty-led pre-departure meetings for students.
- Provides faculty/students with pre-departure materials and student forms, registers all students and faculty for mandatory health and safety insurance.
- Presents documentation of the courses, when possible, to further promote and support these unique off-campus teaching and learning experiences.
Past Wintersession Travel Courses can be found here.