Preparing for Call for Courses

Interested in teaching at UCSC this coming summer?

The following information will help you prepare for the Call for Courses. 

Our office sends out the Call in mid-October. This call asks departments and colleges to put forth courses for the coming summer quarter. Courses can be taught during either of two 5-week sessions or in the 8- or 10-week sessions.

Who can teach*

  • Current UCSC Faculty & Lecturers
  • Graduate Students (approval by Committee on Educational Policy [CEP] required in some cases)
  • Visiting Faculty & Lecturers from other campuses

* Final hiring decisions are made by the Dean of Summer Session.  We reserve the right to decline an appointment based on poor course evaluations or other concerns.

Types of courses needed

Students are looking for courses that; help them make progress in their major, are heavily impacted in the other quarters, or fill a General Education requirement. Summer is also a great time to pilot a new course. The majority of courses are taught in one of two 5-week sessions and are of equal quality and rigor to those offered in fall, winter, and spring. There is a minimum requirement of 35 contact hours over the session regardless of which session the course is taught in. Summer courses should fulfill some of these criteria:

  • Meet Major or Minor Requirements
  • Carry General Education Codes
  • Fulfills Fall Prerequisites
  • Are heavily impacted in fall, winter, spring
  • Are not offering in fall, winter, spring
  • Upper-Division courses
  • Evening courses
  • Interdisciplinary appeal
  • Attract enrollment
  • Graduate Student teaching opportunity

How to put forth a course

Courses taught in summer quarter come from Academic Departments and Colleges. If you are interested in teaching, please notify your department manager of your interest and ask what they require, as well as their timeline; as these vary by department.

Summer Session does not accept courses directly from individuals; they must come through an Academic Department or College.

If you wish to teach an existing course but revise its current, official course description or title, please fill out a "Course Revision Form" with the sponsoring department by its deadline.

Summer Curriculum Design Process

Departments send their Call for Courses documents to their Divisional Deans. The Divisions then send them to the Summer Session Office in 140 Hahn.  

We look for major/minor requirements, general education codes, even distribution between Session 1 and 2, and other attributes so we have broad, appealing course offerings each summer. New courses are also submitted to the Academic Senate's Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) for their approval.


If your course is going to be offered in summer, you will be notified via email from Summer Session in early-mid December. Scheduling, days/times, course location, enrollment restrictions, etc. occur in winter and spring quarters.

December, January, February, and March are key months to promote your class. That sounds early, but by April/May, students have made their summer plans. We would love to help you promote your class!  Please contact Marketing and Communications Manager, Jennifer Gallacher to strategize.

Enrollment opens May 1.

For more detailed information on teaching in Summer Session, including timeline, policies, and guidelines, please see our Instructors' Guide.