Electus Faculty Fellows

The Frederick Honors College (FHC) Electus Faculty Fellows program is a three-year fellowship allowing faculty from across the University to develop unique and signature Honors courses; mentor Frederick Honors College students; and participate in the rich intellectual community of the Frederick Honors College.

Electus Faculty Fellows commit to serving a three-year term in which a portion of their teaching and service responsibilities are reassigned to the Frederick Honors College.

Electus Faculty Fellows receive $2,000 of professional development funding per year, as well as a budget of up to $2,000 to spend on enrichment programming dedicated to undergraduate students.

Electus Faculty Fellow Requirements

Teaching in the Frederick Honors College
- Teach at least one honors course each year.

Service to the Frederick Honors College
Review student applications for FHC fellowships.
- Participate in national scholarship selection processes, including serving on mock interview panels.
- Assist with recruitment events for prospective students, including individual meetings with prospective students and their families.
- Serve on FHC committees, such as curriculum and budget committees.

Engagement with Frederick Honors College community
- Hold regular drop-in hours to meet with students in the FHC engagement spaces in the Cathedral of Learning and in honors housing on campus.
Participate in welcome week activities at the beginning of the academic year and in winter and spring commencement ceremonies at the conclusion of the fall and spring terms.
- Develop academic enrichment, experiential learning, and/or community building programming for FHC students based on your personal interests.


All full-time faculty who have the approval of their department chairs and deans, and who have outstanding records of teaching, research, and service are eligible to apply for this program.

Application Process

For consideration as an Electus Faculty Fellow, complete the application available on InfoReady.

Your application will include the following:
- Your CV
  -  A letter of support signed by your department chair and dean
Responses to the following four prompts:

  1. How has working with the Frederick Honors College and FHC students enhanced your experience as a faculty member at Pitt?
  2. Describe a course you would create as an Electus Faculty Fellow in the FHC (address the learning objectives of an honors course). How would you promote this course to students to ensure students from multiple academic disciplines are aware of the course and its benefits to them?
  3. An important role of an Electus Faculty Fellow is engagement with students outside of a classroom setting. In what ways do you want to interact with FHC students outside of the classroom?
  4. How can you help the Frederick Honors College foster a culture of belonging that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Application Review and Timeline

Applications are currently closed. Applications will be reviewed by the Frederick Honors College with finalists interviewed in April. Final decisions will be made in late April or early May.


Contact David Hornyak, Assistant Dean of the Frederick Honors College, at hornyak@pitt.edu.