“All the knowledge in the world would not amount to anything unless we put that knowledge into actual practice. We are the architects and builders of our lives, and if we fail to put our knowledge into actual practice and do the duties that devolve upon us we are making a failure of life.”
— Heber J. Grant
Apply to Teach at BYU Education Week
Application Period for the 2016 Program:
September 1–30, 2015 (for the August 15–19, 2016 program)
We are always pleased to receive applications that offer new perspectives and give variety to Brigham Young University Continuing Education programs. Before beginning the application process, please read this page thoroughly.
To apply to teach at the 2016 Campus Education Week program, we must receive the following items by September 30, 2015:
- Online application (follow these Step-by-Step instructions after thoroughly reading this page).
- Titles and outlines of proposed classes (submitted by email; you will receive instructions after you complete the online application).
- Video of one of your presentations (not required of BYU faculty). Please send the video to Education Week, 169 Harman Continuing Education Building, BYU, Provo, UT 84602 (or email a link to an online presentation). You will receive instructions after you complete the online application.
The application includes an ecclesiastical authorization and release and an authorization for BYU to conduct a background check (required for instructors who plan to teach youth classes). The ecclesiastical release authorizes BYU to contact your ecclesiastical leader regarding employment eligibility. You also must indicate your acceptance to abide by the BYU Honor Code and the Dress and Grooming Standards.
The required video does not need to be a professional taping; we just need to observe your teaching style and how you approach your topic. Presentation skill, educational qualification, and professional experience are major considerations in our evaluation of prospective presenters.
All materials must arrive by September 30, 2015. Applications that arrive later will be considered for the 2017 program. Program dates are August 15–19, 2016, and August 21–25, 2017.
As we review the faculty and curriculum needs for future programs, we will be happy to consider your application and proposed topics. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.
- Faculty Qualifications
- Educational and professional background and experience; sound preparation in proposed field/topic.
- Teaching ability, communication skills, appearance, sincerity, attitude of sharing, and personal testimony.
- Willingness to adhere to Education Week policy that prohibits promotion of any personal goods or services or any organization or its products.
- Ecclesiastical endorsement
- Subject matter:
- Timeliness, practicality, pertinence, and appropriateness of topic
- Necessity of topic to balance the program or meet local requests
- Clearance of titles and lecture outlines from the Church Correlation Committee.
- Presentation Format
The standard format of classes for Campus Education Week has an instructor teaching four related lectures, one each day, Tuesday–Friday (a "series" of lectures). When applying to teach, please include a proposed series title (one that ties the four related lectures together) and separate class titles for each day's lectures. The lectures, while related, should each stand on their own. Students should not be required to hear other lectures in the series to understand the message of a single lecture. It is also inappropriate to include a lengthy review of preceding lectures when presenting the series. Class length is 55 minutes.
The following is a sample of a series title and corresponding classes. Submit a brief one-page outline for each class and list the main concepts or principles to be presented, along with corresponding references (one or two references per concept or principle). The outlines for each class should be no more than one page in length (4-page maximum for a 4-lecture series).
- Sample 4-Lecture Series
Series Title: Measuring Discipleship by the First Principles and Ordinances
1st Class: Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
Introduction: This class will be an in-depth study of faith—the first principle of the gospel and the foundation of all righteousness—a principle of both action and power. I will present ideas on how to develop and exercise greater faith in the Lord and enjoy more of the fruits of faith and gifts of the Spirit. The main points of the class are as follows:
- Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of salvation (James E. Talmage, The House of the Lord, p.55-56; Bruce R. McConkie, DNTC, Vol.3, p. 212).
- Faith: The principle of action and of power (Lectures on Faith 1:9, 13; Romans 1:16-17).
- Through faith in Christ we can overcome the world (Revelation 3:21; D&C 11:30; D&C 76:51-53, 62).
- Through faith in Christ we lay hold on every good gift (Moroni 10:30).
- (Outline abbreviated for space considerations)
2nd Class: Repentance
Lecture introduction and outline.
3rd Class: Baptism and Gift of the Holy Ghost
Lecture introduction and outline.
4th Class: Seeking Gifts of the Spirit
Lecture introduction and outline.
- Wording Class Titles
Please note the following essential guidelines as you develop your series title and daily lecture titles:
- Make sure your titles are concise and descriptive of the content. Each title should be submitted with a descriptive paragraph and a bullet-list outline of the main concepts or principles to be presented. Each concept or principle should have applicable references that support your content. Please give complete citations for any quotations. Limit: one page per title/subtitle.
- If you have published materials or marketed audio/video DVDs or CDs, the titles of these materials should not be used as Education Week titles.
- Be concise and to the point, but keep in mind that each title should reflect accurately what you intend to teach rather than just being an enticement.
- If your titles are of a religious nature, consider as models the titles of presentations given at LDS General Conferences.
- Please do not submit titles which are subject to misunderstanding or misinterpretation or which are speculative.
- Avoid wording that implies that you have "secret" or "never-before-known" information, or that you have knowledge that is unavailable to the general populace.
- Avoid dealing in absolutes. There is rarely a best, most important, or easy anything.
- Titles which suggest a specific relationship with a single member of the Godhead are not appropriate.
- Titles dwelling on the negative aspects of subjects, titles which encourage playing the devil's advocate, and titles which can lead to a disagreement among students are not appropriate.
- When considering titles about subjects of a sacred nature, avoid a frivolous, joking, or sarcastic slant.
- Be sensitive to men's and women's feelings and emotions; avoid wording that downplays the importance of either a man's or a woman's role.
- BYU Continuing Education programs are not a forum to deal with controversial issues.
Completing the Online Application: Step-by-Step Instructions
- Print the Step-by-Step Application Instructions before proceeding.
- Please select the appropriate button below, depending on whether you already have a Net ID or if you need to create one.
In order to apply, you need a login (called a "BYU Net ID") to access the BYU system. Former BYU employees and students may already have a Net ID and should not create a new one. If you want to check whether you have a Net ID, or if you need to reset a password or other technical assistance during the application process, please call our Human Resource Help Desk at 801-422-7150. (When completing the application, please disregard any mention of a required drug test.)
If you have technical problems during the application process, please call our HR office at 801-422-7150. For general questions, please call 801-422-6214.