The Society For Utopian Studies

Teaching Committee of the Society for Utopian Studies

Kenneth M. Roemer Innovative Course Design Competition

Each year the Society for Utopian Studies (SUS) presents the Kenneth M. Roemer Award for the best proposal for an undergraduate or graduate course on utopia, dystopia, utopianism, or a related subject. Kenneth M. Roemer is a former president of the Society, winner of the 2008 Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and teacher in the field of utopian studies for more than two decades.

A $200 award will be presented to the winner, and he or she will be invited to submit the winning syllabus and supplementary materials for publication on the Society's website.

To apply for this award, send an electronic copy of your application as a single PDF file to the Teaching Committee no later than August 1, 2011.

The application must include the following to be considered:

  1. A. Contact Sheet: name, email, phone number (please make sure this is on a separate sheet, since winning entries may, with your permission, be published on the Teaching Committee Website, and we don't want to publish all of your contact information).
  2. B. Name of Course and Course Rationale: 3-5 page rationale for the course, stressing its governing ideas and relationship to utopian studies. We seek new angles on utopian pedagogy; in the past general surveys of utopian literature or utopian thought have been less successful in our teaching competition. We do, however, welcome fresh approaches to utopian surveys.
  3. Syllabus: readings list, outline of major assignments, and assignment percentages/points (3-5 pages) [NB: Please omit basic information like office hours, anti-plagiarism statements and class etiquette]
  4. D. Detailed Assignment: one assignment with an explanation of the learning outcome(s), how it enhances learning in the course, and an assessment plan or rubric suited to the assignment (1-2 pages, single spaced). How does your assignment promote critical thinking and discovery within the field of utopian studies?

Only submissions by current SUS members will be accepted. The winner of this award must wait one year after winning to apply again.

Please send your application to: Carrie Hintz, c/o the SUS Teaching Committee:

DEADLINE: August 1, 2011

Call for "Utopian" Syllabi & Assignments

The Teaching Committee of the Society for Utopian Studies invites you to submit course materials related to the teaching of utopianism, in any form. Materials at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate) and from all disciplines are encouraged: topics may include utopian/dystopian literature, film, philosophy, architecture, urban planning, public policy, political science, etc.

Syllabi complete with course description/rationale, readings, and assignment structure are encouraged. If you are submitting individual assignments, it would be helpful to include an overview that identifies the assignment's purpose/rationale as well as specific guidelines, details, and grading/assessment criteria.

Submitted materials will be published on the Society's website and will serve as both an archive for other scholars/teachers and the basis for future discussion/collaboration on utopian pedagogy.

You should send syllabi/assignments electronically (as separate Word documents or PDF files) to the SUS Teaching Committee: Please also use this e-mail address to write the Chair of the Teaching Committee, Jill Belli, with any questions/concerns.

*If you are not familiar with the Society, please check out our website to get general information as well as to learn about our annual conference, biannual journal Utopian Studies, series of awards (including an Innovative Course Design Competition), and membership options: