Each year, Telluride Association hires a pair of faculty to teach each TASS and TASP seminar.
The Telluride Association offers the Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS) to high school students who have completed their sophomore year and the Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) for those students who have completed their junior year. The Telluride Association, together with its university partners, has offered both programs tuition-free to all students since their inception.
Each program brings together 12 to 18 students for an intensive, six-week-long academic experience. The programs combine the close, interdisciplinary consideration of texts and ideas in a discussion-based seminar with the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful service and self-governance outside of class.
As the intellectual cornerstone of the program, the seminar grounds students’ experience of service and self-governance in the critical examination of perspectives and ideas. Neither TASS nor TASP are given for credit, nor do students receive grades. Instead, faculty offer written evaluations for each student. Faculty are responsible only for the seminar portion of the program, which meets five days-a-week for three hours. Factotums, college-age teaching assistants hired by the Telluride Association, mentor students in other aspects of the program, from written and spoken expression to organizing meetings and extracurricular projects and activities.
In 2021, Telluride Association together with Cornell University and the University of Maryland will host two TASS seminars at each site. Together with Cornell University and the University of Michigan, Telluride Association will host a total of four Telluride Association Summer Programs (TASPs), for a total of four TASSes and four TASPs.
To apply to teach at TASS or TASP, please read through our calls for proposals, found in the column, left. Please note that the Sophomore Seminar and Summer Program Committees accept proposals only from faculty pairs.
Please submit all application materials together and in one continuous PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please write us at the above address.
Review of proposals for summer 2021 begins on: May 1, 2020 (note new, later deadline).
Please submit all application materials together and in one continuous PDF to email@example.com. If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please write us at the above address.
The deadline for receipt of 2021 proposals: May 1, 2020 (note new, later deadline).
For inquiries about our programs, please write to:
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