The program, Carolina Students Taking Academic Responsibility through Teaching, known as C-START, was started by former student Kristin Miller using a one-time grant from former Provost Dick Richardson.
But because the funding from the Office of the Provost was only temporary, coordinators were forced to find money quickly to keep the program going.
The program is operating now with funding from the Academy of Distinguished Scholars and the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence.
C-START offerings for the spring will be "Quantum Mechanics and Cosmology," taught by Jeff Milbourne; "The Model Minority Myth," led by John Yu; "Heroes in Sports," taught by Sarah Schwartz; "21st-Century Slave Trade," taught by Reena Arora; and "Alternative Energy" taught by Ken Varner, said Jim Leloudis, director of the Johnston Center.
These teachers were selected from a pool of 15 applicants who submitted class plans to a committee last spring, said Donna Lefebvre, political science professor and C-START adviser. She said that she wishes more students could have been teachers but that money constraints limit the number to five.
"We had such good applications last year," Lefebvre said.
Students slated to teach in the spring will be attending workshops throughout the fall semester, including two at the Center for Teaching and Learning and one at which faculty advisers for the program will critique the syllabi the student teachers plan to use, Lefebvre said.
"They're getting really intensive guiding and mentoring," Leloudis said.
C-START teachers also go through an advising process similar to the instruction given to students writing senior theses.