Honors Forum


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The Honors Forum inducted its first members in the spring of 1997 and offered its first courses in Fall Term 1998.  Since its creation, the Honors Forum has enriched the academic lives of all Skidmore students. Honors classes are open to any student prepared for the academic challenge.  Many faculty members consider their Honors offerings to be among the highlights of their academic career at the College.

In addition to teaching Honors courses, faculty members serve on the Honors Council, the faculty/administration/student governing body of the Honors Forum. Chaired by the Honors Forum Director, the Honors Council typically meets twice a month.  Council members oversee the curriculum (approving Honors courses and curricular opportunities), discuss Honors Forum policies, help to select the annual Jon A. Ramsey faculty lecturer, review applications for new members, advise the Director about students’ requirements, co-plan Accepted Candidates’ events with the Office of Admissions, participate in the Periclean Scholar Award Committee or plan the annual Academic Festival, and plan and host induction ceremonies for new members.  We welcome faculty from all disciplines to offer HF courses, serve on the Honors Council, and attend Honors Forum events.


Director of the Honors Forum: Professor Flagg Taylor

Administrative Assistant: Lisa Bradshaw

Honors Forum Council 2017-2018:

American Studies:

Anthropology: Michael Ennis-McMillan, Sonia Silva

Art: Janet Sorenson

Art History: Aditi Chandra, Katie Hauser, Mimi Hellman, Penny Jolly

Biology: Jennifer Bonner, Monica Raveret Richtor

Business: Pushkala Prasad

Chemistry: Kim Frederick, Steven Frey

Classics: Michael Arnush, Leslie Mechem

Economics: Roy Rotheim, Lynda Vargha

English: Phil Boshoff, Catherine Golden, Kate Greenspan, Linda Hall, Thomas Lewis, Martha Wiseman, Sarah Wright, Michael Marx, Melora Wolf

Foreign Languages and Literature: John Anzalone

Geosciences: Amy Frappier

Government: Beau Breslin

Health and Exercise Sciences: Jennifer McDonald

History: Erica Bastress-Dukehart, Tillman Nechtman

Mathematics: Mark Huibregtse, Daniel Hurwitz, David Vella

Music: Gordon Thompson

Philosophy: Reginald Lilly

Physics: Mary Crone Odekon, Andrew Skinner


Religion: Joel Smith, Greg Spinner

Sociology: John Brueggemann, David Karp, Susan Walzer

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The Honors Council welcomes new HF courses and HF add-ons.  The Council has designed a list of criteria to determine which courses qualify for the Honors Forum designation.  We invite faculty to look at their courses to see if they already fit the criteria.

The criteria to design new Honors courses, adapt existing courses into Honors courses, and evaluate Honors course proposals are as follows:

These are guidelines only.  Not every course will meet all of the above, but we advise faculty to keep the following in mind when proposing new courses or converting their existing courses into HF courses.

If you have an idea about a new HF course or would like to explore ways to adapt a course into an Honors course or to create an HF Add-on, we encourage you to contact the HF Director, Flagg Taylor, or a member of the Honors Council.

We can also provide models of existing Honors courses and HF Add-ons for your guidance.

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Why teach an Honors course? Many faculty members consider their Honors offerings to be among the highlights of their academic career at the College. These are some of the reasons why:

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Faculty Sponsorship Form

This electronic form is used to submit faculty sponsorship of students applying for Service Requirement.


This electronic form is used by student applying for Academic Festival. Each application must be completed and sponsored by a faculty member.

Honors Forum Course Funds Request

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The Skidmore College Honors Forum has a modest budget to support and co-sponsor activities, events, and projects (typically in the range of $50-$200, occasionally above $200) that contribute to the intellectual quality of life on campus. Examples of programs include academic events such as special lectures, debates, research presentations, library exhibitions, symposia, as well as cultural and social activities that bring Honors Forum members together with other students. Programs for which funding is sought should serve to foster academic and social connections among students and enhance intellectual discourse beyond the formal classroom. The Honors Forum expects that all co-curricular programs that it supports will promote the mission and goals of the Forum to its members and/or the College community at-large.

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New Course or Substantial Revisions to Existing Course Form

The Honors Council requests that the faculty use the College Curriculum Committee forms to propose new courses and to propose revisions to existing courses.  Please address the following issues in the rationale for the course.

If the course proposed is a revision of an existing course, then you will need to address in your proposal the distinctions between the current and proposed Honors versions of the course, the expectations you have, the skills the students will acquire, and the assessment you will implement.  This course proposal will be reviewed by the Honors Council and then submitted to the Associate Dean of Faculty and the Curriculum Committee.

For HF courses and add-ons, we welcome you to consult with the HF Director or members of the Honors Council who can advise you before you complete your proposal.  Click the link for model courses.

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