CHAUTAUQUA PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Chautauqua Short Courses are an annual series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate teachers of science. The courses provide an opportunity for invited scholars to communicate new knowledge, concepts and techniques directly to college teachers in ways which are immediately beneficial to their teaching. The primary aim is to enable undergraduate science teachers to keep their teaching current and relevant to today’s world. Typically, the Course Director meets with some one to two dozen college teachers for three or more successive days of full time activity. For courses with laboratory or field components, note is made in the course description. The Field Center assists participants with low cost lodging and meals arrangements. Courses have a $100 application fee which is sent at the time of the application (Exception: The Galapagos course has a $1000 application fee when it is offered). The application fee is returned in full if an appointment is not possible. Once an appointment has been made, the application fee is nonrefundable. There is an additional course fee which varies with the course depending on the needs of the participants in the course. This fee is due in March and is noted in the course description. Ordinarily appointments are made by March. Additional applications are accepted at any time, however, earlier applications are more likely to be successful since some courses fill and are closed.
The University of Dayton has been a Chautauqua Field Center continuously since 1980 with Dr. George K. Miner as its director. In that time it has hosted some 400 short courses with approximately 10,000 participants. It offers courses in Dayton Ohio, as well as in other field locations including Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah and West Virginia in addition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. In previous years it also offered courses in Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia.