The Charles Center is broadly tasked with providing resources and services to support the teaching mission of Arts & Sciences faculty. Standing initiatives include:
- Orientation of new faculty members, through a year-long program with a mentorship component.
- May Seminars, in which a group of faculty members collaborate to develop a specific curriculum or teaching improvement.
- Mellon faculty grants to enhance a curriculum so that students can engage in faculty-directed, hands-on critical inquiry and discovery.
- The Charles Center supports the development of courses with a Study Away component.
- Faculty, staff, and students may apply throughout the academic year for mini-grants from the Community of Scholars Fund. The grants are intended to encourage intellectual interaction between faculty and students outside the classroom.
- Each fall the Charles Center invites Arts & Sciences faculty to suggest broadly important books as candidates for faculty reading groups.
The Charles Center also sponsors the University Teaching Project, which is open to all William and Mary faculty by application. Each teaching project spans one academic year. The program's organizing unit is the individual class portfolio, where each faculty member develops a new or revised course curriculum.