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We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for learning useful skills, tools or techniques; cultivating creative expression and awareness; encouraging health and well-being; engaging in service projects; expanding cultural awareness; or deepening understanding of and appreciation for the environment and sciences.


Complete proposals are due by 4 p.m. on October 14, 2016.

How to write your proposal

We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for courses. In addition:

  1. Course proposals must be complete and clearly written. We need to know what the course is about and how the instructor will organize it.
  2. Courses must be teachable within a reasonable time frame. Classes may be taught in one week or spread out over two or three weeks.
  3. You must demonstrate that you are qualified to teach your course, though teaching experience is not required.
  4. Appropriate classroom space must be available.

Course proposals don't need to be more than 300 words. In addition to the proposal, submit a short course description and a short personal statement that explains your qualifications for or interest in teaching your subject. Though we may edit it, your course description will be included on the interterm Web site course listing.


Students enrolled in classes are responsible for paying the instructor for any expenses for materials, photocopying or services necessary for the course. Instructors should estimate the cost per student so that we can include this cost in your course description. Be specific; tell us what the materials are and what each student will have to pay.


The stipend for a 10-hour course is $400. The stipend is paid per course. If more than one instructor will teach the course, the stipend will be split between the two instructors. Smith students and staff will receive their stipends through the payroll system.

Smith Students

Smith students' earnings for teaching an interterm course will not affect the financial aid award.

Smith Staff

Smith staff who want to teach an interterm course during their normal work hours must make appropriate arrangements for vacation, personal time or nonpaid time off with their supervisor before submitting a proposal.