Steps in Finding a Faculty Sponsor

Finding a Faculty Sponsor can be the most difficult part of the Student Directed Seminars application process, but it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing to remember?

Start early.

Approaching a Potential Faculty Sponsor

There is a Faculty member I have taken a class with that I think would be a great sponsor for my Seminar!

Great! Don’t be afraid to approach them about your request. You can send them a polite email, or even better, ask them in-person in their office hours. This is an excellent option since they already know you and are familiar with you.

Things to Remember:
  • Make sure you have a good idea of what your seminar will look like (i.e. content, structure, etc.), so that you can share the details with them.
  • Direct them to the website, and more specifically, the FAQ for Faculty and Staff page to ensure they have a good understanding of what the role would entail.
  • If they agree to be your Faculty Sponsor, make sure they fill out the Faculty Sponsor form (found in the application).
  • Your Faculty Sponsor should be a tenured or tenure-stream Faculty member. SDS sponsorship requires additional work which may not be recognized by colleagues with other appointments. However, with the support and approval of a Department Head, the SDS Advisory Committee will consider approval of seminars being supported by colleagues other than tenure or tenure-stream faculty. It is imperative, however, that individuals in this latter case who agree to take on this supervisory role do so voluntarily, understanding that it is not a condition of their UBC employment.

But what if I don’t have a potential Faculty member in mind for my Seminar?

Not to worry! Send an email to tlell, that includes the idea behind your seminar (topic, content, structure, etc.). We will then use this to information suggest a few Faculty members we think will be appropriate for your seminar and support you in appraoching them.

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