University Courses

The CFDE initiated the University Courses in 2011 to encourage a multidisciplinary examination of issues and topics by faculty and students from across the university. The goals of University Courses are to focus the many intellectual perspectives and resources of Emory on the study of important topics and to enact a sense of common purpose across the diverse communities at Emory. These classes are offered to all students: undergraduate, graduate, and professional.


Look for a call for proposals in April 2019.

About University Courses

  • CFDE will provide a budget for each course in the amount of $2000. The funds are meant to cover stipends for conveners, guest lecturers and any outside speakers you may invite to participate. Please note that gift cards cannot be purchased as a form of reimbursement.
  • CFDE will assist with course development and registration and identify possible collaborators in other schools.
  • Proposed topics should be broad enough to generate interest from students across the university, and to be approached from a variety of disciplines.
  • Representation from at least three of the schools at Emory in both the faculty and students is desired for each course. 
  • Please consult with your department chair to confirm how this course will count in your teaching load.  Many departments will allow for this course to count as part of a faculty member’s normal teaching load since the course will be available to students in their home department.  

Course Structure

  • Any course structure appropriate to the topic will be considered. Historically, the course has met as a seminar once a week for three hours.
  • It is recommended that there will be multiple guest presenters in the class providing diverse disciplinary perspectives on the topic. At least one, and preferably all, of the course conveners should attend each class session throughout the semester.
  • Conveners must include a community aspect to their course. Examples are: opening up one or two of your guest lectures to the larger Emory community, developing a concurrent film series that is open to the public, or videotaping several sessions of your course and using the material in a continuing education course or other online course.

Submissions must include a one-page summary that outlines the following: 

  • Your topic and justification for its relevance as a University Course.
  • A rough sketch of topics and perspectives you will cover during the class
  • Short summary of the community aspect of the course
  • Names and school/departmental affiliations of faculty you have identified that are interested in participating as guest lecturers
  • Please also include in your proposal your name, rank, department, and contact information.

Completed proposals should be submitted online here.

Any questions you have about the process should be directed to

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) is offering TWO University Courses for Spring 2018.

These three credit courses are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and meet once a week.  

Please note that there may be several student groups at the Law School who are ineligible to take these courses due to the structure of the law programs and their use of pass/fail credits, including for cross campus courses. Students should check with the Law School's registrar's office for additional information.  

Frankenstein across Fields of Learning

Conveners: Laura Otis and Paul Root Wolpe

Wednesdays 1-4:00 pm

2018 will mark two hundred years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, whose thought- provoking depiction of science, ethics, cruelty, and compassion continues to challenge scientists and artists.

This University Course brings together faculty from medicine, public health, bioethics, disability studies, law, literary and cultural studies, film studies, the natural and physical sciences, and the arts to discuss the questions of knowledge-seeking and responsibility that Shelley’s novel raises. 

To apply to "Frankenstein across Fields of Learning": CLICK HERE:


Rapidly Accelerating Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities

Conveners: Holli Semetko, Benn Konsynski, and K.M. Venkat Narayan

Mondays 3-6:00 pm

Rapidly accelerating technologies are impacting all aspects of life on the planet. This University Course, offering perspectives from the arts and sciences, business, public health, and medicine, focuses on understanding exponential technologies, the challenges and opportunities they present, and what we can do in this rapidly changing climate for the benefit of humankind.

To apply to "Rapidly Accelerating Technologies Course": CLICK HERE:

The CFDE is no longer accepting proposals for university courses for spring 2018.

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