Sharpe Teaching Fellows

Sharpe Teaching Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students who serve as liaisons to community partners, mentors to first-year students, and project managers responsible for guiding Sharpe Scholars through a year-long process of developing and carry-outing community-based research and service-learning projects.

What is the Fellow's role?

Fellows provide support and encourage first-year students to get involved, think independently, work collaboratively, and apply their analytic skills to real-world problems. Bridging campus and community, fellows are a key program resource and coordinate with program-affiliated faculty members and community partners to plan a sequence of experiences designed to broaden and deepen student learning. Fellows coach students on how to function effectively in groups and to network on campus and in the surrounding community. Working closely program and agency directors, fellows help students to become familiar with the surrounding community and knowledgeable about local and national issues and policies related to their projects.

What are the benefits of being a Sharpe Fellow?

As a fellow, students become part of a unique network of civic scholars, community leaders, and peers who share their interests. They have wide-ranging opportunities to develop their facilitation, planning, and leadership skills. As way of recognizing their substantial contributions to the Program, fellows receive a $1,000 honorarium ($500/semester).


Sharpe Teaching Fellows coordinate: community service-learning projects, involving teams of first-year students; bimonthly public forums, featuring speakers, panels, and films that highlight program themes; and, weekly group meetings and/or discussion sections. Fellows also:

  • Attend classes with their students (as more experienced mentors)
  • Attend biweekly staff meetings
  • Work closely with program-affiliated faculty members and civic leaders to promote student learning and development
  • Communicate on a weekly basis with students, community partners and program staff
  • Assist with student transportation
Weekly schedules vary

A minimum commitment of 4 hours of week is expected of all fellows. In the first few weeks of the semester, fellows typically spend closer to 8 hours per week, coordinating schedules, planning programs, and getting their groups on-track. Most fellows are assigned to one or two groups of students and work with a total of six to eight students.

Required training/planning sessions are held at the beginning of each semester. On-going training takes place through individual meetings with program staff and faculty.