Deadline for Proposals

Summer 2015 Proposals

Proposals were due by October 15, 2014. If you are interested in proposal for future summers, please let us know!

Call for Proposals

JBS Facts                                                                                    

  • Justice Brandeis Semesters are three-course, integrated, and immersive academic programs.
  • Small groups of students explore a topic in depth through academic courses linked to real-world experiences. 
  • JBS programs take place in the summer in the US, over an 8-10 week period, typically meeting for a few hours/day.  
  • JBS programs can be interdisciplinary explorations of real-world issues or they can be a deep dive into a single academic field. 
  • JBS programs teach important real-world transferable skills.

Why teach a JBS?

In short, because you will have the opportunity to teach the way you have always dreamed of teaching (or perhaps to teach in ways that you have not even dreamed of). 

The JBS program is virtually unique in American higher education – and was highlighted in the Strategic Plan as something that sets Brandeis apart from its peers.  Both students and faculty rave about the JBS experience.  Why is teaching a Justice Brandeis Semester different from teaching any other class? In a JBS, you have time to explore topics in real depth with your students and time to follow promising side tracks. If you want to spend several hours exploring the allegory of the cave in Plato's Republic, or the archaeology of cave paintings in France, or rare and endangered animals in an actual cave… you have time to do so.  

Faculty Remuneration

Faculty will receive $10,000 per course taught in a JBS (i.e., a total of $30,000 for a 3-course program). JBS programs can be taught by a single faculty member or team taught (the $30,000 for faculty salaries will be split among the faculty members in a team).

Faculty Eligibility

All faculty with at least three years of experience teaching at Brandeis are invited to submit proposals; this invitation specifically includes emeriti/emerita and adjunct and part-time faculty, as well as tenured, tenure track, and contract faculty.

Proposal Deadline and Guidelines

Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) proposals for Summer 2015 programs has passed, but typically are in mid-October of every year.

Please submit your proposals by attachment to Elaine Wong at and Candace Matta at

Faculty proposing JBS with study abroad components should approach the Office of Study Abroad at the earliest possible date and no later than two months before the proposal deadline for assistance in preparing a feasibility document (for more information, please contact J. Scott Van Der Meid).  

Proposal guidelines are available here. You may also view drafts of several approved programs

Please feel free to contact Elaine Wong, Dan Perlman, or Kim Godsoe if you want to learn more about proposing and teaching a JBS program.