Teaching in the Summer Session Program

Brown’s Summer Session extends the undergraduate curriculum into the summer months, offering a wide range of courses from across the disciplines, from those that are in regular high-demand or are prerequisites for further study to those that are uniquely attractive to students.  All courses offered must be currently approved courses or be submitted via the course proposal portal and approved by this committee as well as by the offering department.

The compressed, seven-week session provides students an intensive learning experience, enabling them to achieve a degree of focus that is for many a challenge during the fall and spring semesters.  Since students have chosen their classes freely and are typically taking only one course or no more than two over the summer, they are able to commit to the material in a focused way. Indeed, students regularly report that the compressed session, the small class size, the availability of the instructors, and the absence of distraction during the summer session significantly facilitates their learning.  The engagement of students, the compressed session, and the (relative) freedom from distraction also provides faculty an opportunity to experiment with new material and new pedagogies, and to practice teaching new courses.  For these reasons, Brown faculty also report high levels of satisfaction with summer teaching.

In addition to serving Brown undergraduates, the Summer Session is open to qualified undergraduates enrolled at other institutions and to rising high school seniors.

The instructional staff of Summer Sessions consists primarily of Brown faculty, supplemented by visiting faculty and graduate students.

Summer Session Course Dates
Monday, June 20, 2022 Summer Session opens, Juneteenth Holiday observed according to University regulations
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Summer Session classes begin
Monday, July 4, 2022 Fourth of July Holiday observed according to University regulations
Friday, July 29, 2022 Last day of classes
Friday, August 5, 2022 Summer Session ends


Proposal Process for All Courses:

  1. Connect with your Department Chair , to secure approval to teach during the summer undergraduate session. 
  2. Submit the Summer Session 2022 Proposal form below. Deadline for course proposals is November, 29, 2021


Program Director: Carrie Nordlund
Academic Program Support: Lisa Vidal/ Claudeline Chery

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