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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.

For faculty

Information for faculty

Teaching opportunities

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions is committed to providing year-round educational opportunities. We invite you to assist in this endeavor. Please consider proposing and teaching courses during the Winter Session, either on or off campus or via online learning.

Courses that have proven particularly successful in the past are those that:

  • are regularly over-enrolled in the fall or spring,
  • will not be offered the following year because of rotation or faculty leaves, or
  • are offered by departments other than those requiring them for majors.

On-campus classes will be held from January 2 to 19, 2019. To meet the required instructional contact hours, three- and four-credit classes meet daily, Monday through Friday, for 2.9 hours (2 hours, 55 minutes) or, Monday through Saturday, for 2.3 hours (2 hours, 20 minutes). Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday, January 20, and no classes will be held on campus. The contact hours above have taken this holiday into account. Pre-session assignments are recommended.

Proposals must be approved and submitted electronically by the department by August 31, 2018, in order to be included in marketing aimed at reaching students arriving on campus in August. (We will continue to accept proposals after that date.) Please direct on-campus proposal questions to Ruby D. Brown at or 607.255.6627.

Site-based/off-campus courses are designed to explore subjects, themes, or issues intrinsic to the place visited. Credit courses must be approved by the appropriate college educational policy committee and are distinguished from other Cornell courses only by virtue of being taught off campus. At least one regular Cornell faculty member must accompany the study group and present a full program of lectures and discussions central to the academic purpose of the course.

Because arrangements for off-campus programs require considerable advanced preparation, it is essential that proposals be submitted as soon as possible. Please e-mail your detailed program proposal to Fouad Saleet at or 607.255.7624, or to Janna Dawn at or 607.255.6203. Please include as much information as possible in your proposal (course description, faculty members, intended audience, proposed itinerary, estimated expenses, and material on similar programs run by other institutions).

Online classes are also an excellent option for Winter Session. We invite proposals for courses that employ the flexibility of online learning, and we are happy to help you develop such offerings. Pre-session assignments are recommended. Please direct any questions about online learning proposals to Fouad Saleet at 607.255.7624 or Janna Dawn at 607.255.6203.

Faculty handbook

Information for faculty who will be teaching in the Winter Session is available in the faculty handbook.

Winter Session portal

Use the Winter Session portal to:

  • find the most up-to-date class information (teaching schedule, class rosters, and grading information);
  • see changes to classes in real time;
  • view your class list(s) complete with student photos.

Winter Session evaluations

It is our goal to have every student complete online course evaluations. To view past and present student evaluations, visit the Winter Session evaluations page.