Spring 2024 Call for UF Quest 1 Courses

UF Quest invites faculty to submit applications to teach new and existing UF Quest 1 courses for Spring 2024. In UF Quest 1, students explore essential questions about the human condition that are difficult to answer and hard to ignore in a world that is increasingly complex. UF Quest 1 courses are multi-disciplinary, provide students the opportunity for self-reflection and experiential learning, and foster a student-centered learning environment. 

UF Quest 1 courses fulfill the UF Quest 1 requirement and 3 credits of the General Education requirement in the Humanities. Some UF Quest 1 courses may also count toward the Writing requirement and/or either the Diversity or International requirement.

The deadline is March 1, 2023. Click on the links below for detailed instructions.

About UF Quest 1

Grounded in the Humanities (H) subject area of the General Education (Gen Ed) program, UF Quest 1 courses provide first-year students the opportunity to explore essential questions about the human condition that are difficult to answer and hard to ignore: What makes life worth living? What makes a society a fair one? How do we manage conflicts? Who are we in relation to other people or to the natural world? UF Quest 1 courses are rigorous and multi-disciplinary. They reflect the instructor’s area of expertise and are not simply a survey of or an introduction to a field of study.

UF Quest 1 engages students as co-creators of knowledge and provides them with the opportunity for self-reflection and experiential learning. Students will learn how to develop arguments, draw on evidence, and articulate ideas as they explore essential questions in one of the five overarching themes: (1) The Examined Life, (2) Identities, (3) Justice and Power, (4) Nature and Culture, and (5) War and Peace.

Each UF Quest 1 course must align with the Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) of UF Quest 1 and the Humanities (H) Gen Ed subject area. Faculty seeking to add either the International (N) or the Diversity (D) Gen Ed designation and/or the Writing Requirement designation to their course must also meet those Gen Ed requirements


Faculty on a 9-, 10-, or 12-month appointment from the following colleges are eligible to develop and teach UF Quest 1 courses:

  • The Arts (COTA)
  • Design, Construction and Planning (DCP)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) 

Other faculty members, who teach credit-bearing courses at UF, need to be sponsored by a participating college. For more information, contact Dr, Andrew Wolpert, Director of UF Quest.

How to Submit an Application to Teach a New UF Quest 1 Course

To receive the Temporary UF Quest 1 designation for Spring 2024, submit your application by March 1, 2023 into the Approval website (see Approval Website Guide). You will need to add the following two documents to your application.

1. Detailed Syllabus (see the Quest Syllabus Builder and Template)

Must conform to the UF Syllabus Policy, the General Education Syllabus Policy, the Quest 1 Course Syllabus Policy, and if applicable, the Writing Requirement Syllabus Policy. Quest 1 Syllabi will be evaluated on the following:

  • A course description that fully states the essential question that is the focus of the course and mentions explicitly the multidisciplinary content;
  • Course-specific Objectives and SLOs that clearly align with those of  UF Quest 1 and the pertinent Gen Ed Objectives and SLOs;
  • A week-by-week course schedule detailed enough to demonstrate that the weekly topics and assigned materials (readings, viewings, online activities, etc.) are multi-disciplinary, meet the criteria for the Gen Ed designations you seek, and address the course’s essential question;
  • At least one thesis-driven analytical essay (minimum 1,000 words);
  • Deliberate self-reflection by students, achieved through assigned work or structured class discussion; and
  • An experiential-learning activity. 

2. Letter of Support Form

Because faculty teach their UF Quest course in-load and in lieu of another department course, faculty need the approval of their department and college to propose and teach a UF Quest course. The Letter of Support Form documents this approval.

Please complete the "instructor fields" of the Letter of Support Form and then submit the form to your chair to fill out the "department fields" in order to document department support. Your chair will then need to submit the form to your college to complete the "college fields." Your college will either return the form to you or to the UF Quest office to add to your application in the Approval system.

The Letter of Support Form may be added separately to your request after the March 1 deadline.

How to Submit an Application to Teach an Existing UF Quest 1 Course

To teach a course in Spring 2024 that has already been approved to satisfy the UF Quest 1 requirement, whether it has the temporary or permanent UF Quest 1 designation, please complete the Repeat Course Application by March 1, 2023.

How to Prepare a UF Quest 1 Course Syllabus

The UF Quest Syllabus Builder and the UF Quest Syllabus Template provide detailed instructions, explanations, and examples that will help you prepare your syllabus.

The UF Quest Approval Checklist shows how reviewers will evaluate your proposal.

The UF Quest Syllabus Workshop provides faculty the opportunity to ask questions about their course proposals and syllabus requirements. Click on the registration link to sign up for a workshop.

Course Formats and Modalities

Faculty may choose to teach to residential students or to both residential and UF Online students. Residential sections may be taught 100% in person, partly in person and partly online (i.e., hybrid, not HyFlex), or 100% online. UF online sections must be 100% online. For more information, please consult the UF Quest Guide to Course Modalities, Formats, and Enrollment Capacities.

Residential Students Only (100% in person, hybrid, or 100% online)

  • 35 students, 0 GTAs, no break-out sections.
  • 46 students, 1 GTA @ 0.25 FTE, no break-out sections. Your department will need to be able to provide your GTA with an additional assignment to reach a 0.50 FTE.
  • 66 students, with 1 GTA @ 0.50 FTE, 3 break-out sections.
  • 76 students with 1 GTA @ 0.50 FTE, no break-out sections.
  • 132 students, with 2 GTAs @ 0.50 FTE (each), 6 break-out sections.

Residential AND UF Online Students*

  • 66 students, 67% asynchronous & 33% synchronous, 1 GTA @ 0.50 FTE, 3 break-out sections.
  • 76 students, 100% asynchronous, 1 GTA @ 0.50 FTE, no break-out sections.
  • 132 students, 67% asynchronous & 33% synchronous, 2 GTAs @ 0.50 FTE (each), 6 break-out sections.
  • 152 students, 100% asynchronous, 2 GTAs @ 0.50 FTE (each), no breakout sections.

*Before teaching to UF Online students, faculty are required to work with COIP instructional designers to prepare their UF Quest course for the online modality, and for this work, they may apply for a UF Online Course Development Stipend, ranging from $1,000-$6,000.

Course Development Support

UF Quest Support: A UF Quest course development stipend is provided to faculty who develop a new "temporary" UF Quest course that is taught Spring 2024. A faculty member who is the sole developer will be awarded a $3,000 course development stipend as a "lump-sum" payment if the course is taught Spring 2024. In the case of a course jointly developed, the $3,000 award will be provided to the faculty member who teaches the course in Spring 2024. If the course is team taught, the $3,000 award will be jointly split. See Additional Terms and Conditions.

UF Online Support: Faculty who teach their UF Quest course in a UF Online format for Spring 2024 may apply for a UF Online Course Development Stipend, ranging from $1,000-$6,000, for working with COIP instructional designers.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Dr. Alison Reynolds (ali.reynolds@ufl.edu) and Dr. Brenda Smith (bsmith@arts.ufl.edu), Co-Directors of UF Quest 1, or Dr. Andrew Wolpert (wolpert@ufl.edu), Director of UF Quest. 

For technical questions regarding the submission of your application, please contact Ms. Kendall Kroger (273-3803; kendalll@ufl.edu), Academic Assistant II of UF Quest.