Kenneth M. Roemer Innovative Course Design Award

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 four 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 for 2013, send an electronic copy of your application as a single Word file to the Teaching Committee no later than August 1, 2013.

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, 2013


The Kenneth M. Roemer Innovative Course Design Award has been presented to:

Clint Jones, “Mythologies of the Future”

Inderbir Singh Riar, “”Urbanism & Utopia: Modernity, Everyday Life, and the City of Tomorrow”

Ryan Michael Kehoe, “A Soviet Space Odyssey: Speculative Fiction from Behind the Iron Curtain”

Corina Kesler, “Build Your Own Utopia”

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