Course Proposal Online Guide

Download the Summer Session Course Proposal Form (PDF)

The Division of Continuing and Global Education invites faculty to submit course proposals for Summer Session 2018. Your Department Chair and College/School Dean must approve your course proposal(s) prior to submission. Some Colleges and Schools have internal deadlines and procedures for course approval as well.

The deadline to submit Summer Session 2018 course proposals is Friday, December 1, 2017. Use this page for guidance to fill out the course proposal form. If you have any questions, contact the Summer Session Coordinator.

Please fill out the front of the course proposal form in its entirety. If you are proposing a topics course, you will also need to fill out the “Topic Course Information” section on the backside of the form.

Meeting Times

Your class may meet at any time during Summer Session. There are no longer any prescriptive “sessions” within the 9-week term. However, no class meetings, exams, or activities can occur before June 11 or after August 10. Also, please note that the university is closed on July 4.

NOTE: Although scheduling is highly flexible, "W" courses must meet for a minimum of six-weeks during the nine-week Summer Session term. 

You can determine the best dates and times of your class meetings. We ask that you coordinate with your colleagues and department staff to avoid overlapping requests for the same facilities. As a best practice, we recommend that departments avoid booking too many sections of a single course during May-June Intersession and Summer Session, as this can spread out student enrollment and cause classes to be cancelled for low enrollment.

Minimum Contact Hours

Summer Session classes must meet for the same amount of time as classes that run in the fall and spring semesters. The minimum requirement is 750 minutes of instructional time per unit. Your total instructional time may exceed the minimum requirement if you wish, but it cannot be lower.

The example below demonstrates how a typical 3-unit class might be scheduled during Summer Session. A 3-unit class must meet for at least 2,250 minutes (750 minutes x 3 units). 

  Offered during a typical semester Offered during Summer Session (3-weeks)
Days Mon/Wed/Fri Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri
Times 9:00AM-9:50AM 9:00AM-11:30AM
Total Class Meetings 45 (3 per week for 15 weeks) 15 (5 per week for 3 weeks)
Total Instruction Time (50 minutes per meeting) x (45 meetings) = 2,250 minutes (150 minutes per meeting) x (15 meetings) = 2,250 minutes

Classes with lab or activity components must meet the minimum contact requirements for each course component. For example, a chemistry class that requires 2 lecture and 6 lab hours during the semester will need to meet for an equivalent amount of time during Summer Session. Refer to the University Catalog for more information about lecture and lab hours for specific classes.

You may indicate a preferred classroom on your course proposal. The actual room assignment will appear in your MyFresnoState Faculty Center sometime during the spring semester. Room assignments are subject to change prior to the class start date based on availability, class size, and other program demands. Please note that Summer Session classroom usage has to be reconciled with the scheduling needs of other campus activities, including Dog Days student orientation, Summer Bridge, and the Early Start program. Construction activities also impact classroom availability, as entire buildings may be closed for renovation during the summer months.

If your class has unique equipment or instructional needs that require a specific room, please either note them on the course proposal form or contact the Summer Session Coordinator by December 1, 2017.

Visalia Campus

The Fresno State Visalia Campus opened in Fall 2016 on the College of the Sequoias campus. The recently renovated building features four state-of-the-art classrooms with a capacity of 40-45 students each. Faculty are invited to submit Summer Session course proposals for the Visalia Campus. To request this facility, please indicate "Visalia Campus" as the preferred location for your class on the course proposal form. Contact the Summer Session Coordinator if you have any questions about teaching in Visalia.

Instructor Information

Instructor information is used for payroll purposes and to ensure that your summer teaching assignment is offered in compliance with appropriate collective bargaining agreements. Visit the Instructor Pay page for more information about how Summer Session pay is calculated.

125% Work Limit

The 125% additional employment rule in the Unit 3 Collective Bargaining Agreement applies to Summer Session. Instructors may submit multiple proposals, so long as the total number of instructional units does not exceed 9 units for the summer term (NOTE: this includes instruction in other summer programs, such as May-June Intersession, extension degree and certificate programs, and Early Start). Instructors who receive supplemental funding, stateside summer pay, foundation pay, or other sources of additional income may be capped at fewer units in order to comply with the 125% rule.

Payroll Services

If you have never taught at Fresno State or filled out “new hire” paperwork with Fresno State’s Faculty Affairs office, please mark “Yes” when asked if this is your first time signing up with Fresno State Payroll Services.

Team-Taught Courses

If you are team-teaching a course with another instructor, each additional instructor will need to attach a course proposal from with the “Instructor Information” session completed and signatures from the additional instructor, Department Chair, and College/School Dean. 

Instructors who team-teach courses will split the workload and be paid in accordance with the split. Please contact the Summer Session Coordinator for more information about split workloads.


Continuing and Global Education requires all course proposal forms to be signed by the instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College/School before consideration for additional work appointments by the Dean of Continuing and Global Education. Forms that are not approved in this manner will be returned.