Speaking Intensive Committee

SI Course Proposal Deadlines: Interested in having your course designated as Speaking Intensive? Faculty should submit proposals through CIM: https://provost.umw.edu/umw-curriculum-approval-process/. Here are the 2023/2024 deadlines:

  • 9/5/2023– Proposals due to the Committee for Spring 2024 semester delivery
  • 11/3/2023 – Proposals due to the Committee for Summer 2024 semester delivery
  • 1/26/2024 – Proposals due to the Committee for Fall 2024 semester delivery

Feel free to contact the committee chair, or anyone on the SI Committee, for assistance in preparing your proposal. Please include a copy of your syllabus, as well as copies of related assignments and evaluation criteria. You can find a list of courses approved as Speaking Intensive by the committee here: http://academics.umw.edu/speaking/faculty/speaking-intensive-course-list-courses-approved-by-the-si-committee/. For more information about the Speaking Intensive requirement, as well as resources for SI instructors, go to: https://academics.umw.edu/speaking/faculty/.  For an overview of the proposal process, click here: http://academics.umw.edu/speaking/files/2022/09/SI-Proposal-Process.pdf.

MEETING DATES for 2023/2024

  • September 6, 2023


  • Speaking Intensive Committee 
    • 2024 Erin Palmwood, Assistant Professor, Psychology, CAS, Chair
    • 2025 Leanna Giancarlo, Associate Professor, CHEM, CAS
    • 2025 Erin Devlin, Associate Professor, AMST, CAS
    • 2026 Debra Hydorn, Professor, MATH, CAS, Secretary
    • 2026 Pamela Grothe, Assistant Professor, EES, CAS
  • Ex Officio Membership
    • Adria Goldman, Assistant Professor, CDS, CAS, SI Program Director
    • Leah Schweitzer, Director of the Speaking and Writing Center


2.8.4 The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Study and recommend to the University Faculty Council procedures and criteria for approval, deletion, and alteration of course offerings in the speaking intensive Across-the-Curriculum requirement;

.2 Review and approve or reject proposals from the various departments for courses to be designated speaking intensive;

.3 Review at its discretion the frequency of offering and general relevance of courses so designated and make recommendations for changes as appropriate;

.4 Perform any and all additional duties, such as evaluating transfer credit, pertaining to this committee at the request of the committee’s chair;

.5 Make information available regarding the procedures and deadlines for proposing courses to the general education committee; and

.6 Perform other duties as assigned by the UFC.