Other Teaching Opportunities
The LSU Honors College is more than a collection of invigorating courses and student accolades: the College is a campus within a campus, and the Student Life component of Honors is an integral co-curricular component of the education of the Honors student. Teaching in Honors occurs in many places: Honors professors interact with students in the Honors residence halls, in research environments, on field trips, and at service projects.
Faculty Friends: The Honors Research Series, Hot Topics
The primary manner in which Honors professors teach in non-academic settings is through the Residential Life program, Faculty Friends. By becoming an Honors College Faculty Friend, an Honors professor is featured in the Honors Research Series, delivering an hour-long research lecture in the residence hall; the professor also engages with students in Hot Topics, leading an intimate discussion on an absorbing current issue in the comfortable Honors dormitory setting.
Mentoring Honors students one-on-one takes its clearest form in employing students as undergraduate research assistants. Professors in all colleges and departments can find potential research assistants in motivated and responsible Honors students. Professors teaching Honors seminars in their areas of research specialization routinely find in those seminars interested Honors students ready to help advance the very subject of the seminar by becoming assistants in the laboratory, field, or library, office, stage, or studio. Nearly all Honors students are recipients of scholarship awards that can pay for them to work alongside professors in their majors, and undergraduate research is an essential path to successfully completing the Honors experience: these research experiences and relationships lay the groundwork for the student graduating with College Honors, the professor serving as Thesis Director guiding the student to an exemplary capstone project.
Service and Fellowships
Serving as a mentor also takes the form of volunteering alongside students and other Honors faculty members in service projects such as the Freshman Service Project. In addition, Honors professors assist the Office of Fellowship Advising in recommending and preparing students for prestigious international scholarships.
These and many other opportunities for Honors faculty to participate in Honors service, research, and teaching are featured regularly on honors.lsu.edu and in the weekly broadcast "This Week in Honors."