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Apply to teach a STIC for Spring 2020 by September 15, 2019



Learn more about specific guidelines for the following departments:


Standard Guidelines



Who can teach?


Any UMD student (both undergraduate and graduate) can apply to teach.

Teaching a STIC is hard work, and we want you to make sure you’re up for the task. Look over this responsibilities list, and feel free to ask us about anything by messaging us on Facebook or emailing us at stics@umd.edu.

When should I apply?


New Proposals:

If your STIC proposal is for departments other than CMSC or MATH, steps 1-3 must be completed by September 15th, 2019. Check out our syllabus template for help!

Relist applications:

Follow the general guidelines and must be submitted by October 1st, 2019. Please reach out to stics@umd.edu for more information.

How do I apply?


Step 1: Plan Your Topic

Think about what class you would want to create, and make a 15 week schedule for it. We recommend outlining sample quizzes, homeworks, and/or tests at this time to help you adjust the scope of your class if necessary.

Step 2: Create a Full Syllabus

With your 15 week schedule completed, create a full syllabus for your course. Head over to our catalog and check our some existing syllabi (preferably from your department or ones “like” yours) as examples. In addition, we also have a syllabus template you may follow.

Step 3: Reach Out to STICs

Message us via email at stics@umd.edu or our Facebook page (whichever medium you are more responsive on). Please share with us the syllabus and class title. We will help you through the next step (finding a faculty advisor), review your materials, and advise you on anything that we think will make your class more likely to be approved by the department.

Step 4: Find a Faculty Advisor

Faculty advisors are required for every STIC. You must find a faculty advisor that is part of the department you want your class offered in (i.e., an ARTT course would have an ARTT faculty advisor). Your faculty advisor should be someone who trusts you and would feel comfortable supervising and taking responsibility for your class. You can find an outline of what to look for in a faculty advisor here.

If you are having trouble finding an advisor, we suggest cold emailing! This document may help you craft the emails.

Once you have found an advisor, review the Student-Faculty Agreement with him/her. Both you and your faculty advisor must sign this document, and you are responsible for emailing a copy of the signed document to stics@umd.edu as part of your application.

Step 5: Review + Iterate

You will need to iterate until your faculty advisor is satisfied with the syllabus.

Step 6: Department Approval

Reach out to us again and we will submit your course proposal to your department’s director of undergraduate studies, and potentially continue to iterate on material, scope, and syllabus until the course is approved!

MATH Guidelines



Who can teach?


Any UMD student (both undergraduate and graduate) can apply to teach.

Teaching a STIC is hard work, and we want you to make sure you’re up for the task. Look over this responsibilities list, and feel free to ask us about anything by messaging us on Facebook or emailing us at stics@umd.edu.

When should I apply?


New proposals:

Submit a draft syllabus by September 15th, 2019. Check out our syllabus template for help!

Relist applications:

Follow the general guidelines and must be submitted by October 1st, 2019. Please reach out to stics@umd.edu for more information.

Important Notes

  • Faculty advisors can only advise up to 1 STIC at a time.
  • The student facilitator role is a volunteer position.
  • Please reach out to stics@umd.edu with any questions about the application process!

How do I apply?


Step 1: Plan Your Topic

Think about what class you would want to create, and make a 15 week schedule for it. We recommend outlining sample quizzes, homeworks, and/or tests at this time to help you adjust the scope of your class if necessary.

Step 2: Create a Full Syllabus

With your 15 week schedule completed, create a full syllabus for your course. Head over to our catalog and check our some existing syllabi (preferably from your department or ones “like” yours) as examples. In addition, we also have a syllabus template you may follow.

Step 3: Reach Out to STICs

Message us via email at stics@umd.edu or our Facebook page (whichever medium you are more responsive on). Please share with us the syllabus and class title. We will help you through the next step (finding a faculty advisor), review your materials, and advise you on anything that we think will make your class more likely to be approved by the department.

Step 4: Find a Faculty Advisor

Faculty advisors are required for every STIC. You must find a faculty advisor that is part of the department you want your class offered in (i.e., an ARTT course would have an ARTT faculty advisor). Your faculty advisor should be someone who trusts you and would feel comfortable supervising and taking responsibility for your class. You can find an outline of what to look for in a faculty advisor here.

If you are having trouble finding an advisor, we suggest cold emailing! This document may help you craft the emails.

Once you have found an advisor, review the Student-Faculty Agreement with him/her. Both you and your faculty advisor must sign this document, and you are responsible for emailing a copy of the signed document to stics@umd.edu as part of your application.

Step 5: Review + Iterate

You will need to iterate until your faculty advisor is satisfied with the syllabus.

Step 6: Department Approval

Reach out to us again and we will submit your course proposal to your department’s director of undergraduate studies, and potentially continue to iterate on material, scope, and syllabus until the course is approved!

CMSC Guidelines



Who can teach?


Any UMD student (both undergraduate and graduate) can apply to teach.

Teaching a STIC is hard work, and we want you to make sure you’re up for the task. Look over this responsibilities list, and feel free to ask us about anything by messaging us on Facebook or emailing us at stics@umd.edu.

When should I apply?


New proposals:

Submit a draft syllabus by September 15th, 2019. Check out our syllabus template for help!

Relist applications:

Follow the general guidelines and must be submitted by October 1st, 2019. Please reach out to stics@umd.edu for more information.

Important Notes

  • STICs facilitators cannot concurrently work as a TA for another course.
  • Student facilitators are compensated like TAs.
  • Please reach out to stics@umd.edu with any questions about the application process!

How do I apply?


Step 1: Plan Your Topic

Think about what class you would want to create, and make a 15 week schedule for it. We recommend outlining sample quizzes, homeworks, and/or tests at this time to help you adjust the scope of your class if necessary.

Step 2: Create a Full Syllabus

With your 15 week schedule completed, create a full syllabus for your course. Head over to our catalog and check our some existing syllabi (preferably from your department or ones “like” yours) as examples. In addition, we also have a syllabus template you may follow.

Step 3: Reach Out to STICs

Message us via email at stics@umd.edu or our Facebook page (whichever medium you are more responsive on). Please share with us the syllabus and class title. We will help you through the next step (finding a faculty advisor), review your materials, and advise you on anything that we think will make your class more likely to be approved by the department.

Step 4: Find a Faculty Advisor

Faculty advisors are required for every STIC. You must find a faculty advisor that is part of the department you want your class offered in (i.e., an ARTT course would have an ARTT faculty advisor). Your faculty advisor should be someone who trusts you and would feel comfortable supervising and taking responsibility for your class. You can find an outline of what to look for in a faculty advisor here.

If you are having trouble finding an advisor, we suggest cold emailing! This document may help you craft the emails.

Once you have found an advisor, review the Student-Faculty Agreement with him/her. Both you and your faculty advisor must sign this document, and you are responsible for emailing a copy of the signed document to stics@umd.edu as part of your application.

Step 5: Review + Iterate

You will need to iterate until your faculty advisor is satisfied with the syllabus.

Step 6: Department Approval

Reach out to us again and we will submit your course proposal to your department’s director of undergraduate studies, and potentially continue to iterate on material, scope, and syllabus until the course is approved!

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