Teaching in the Sharpe Program

Faculty who teach in the Sharpe Community Scholars Program and Community Studies Program offer engaged learning courses across a variety of academic disciplines. Drawing on their research and teaching expertise, Sharpe and Community Studies faculty guide students through integrative learning experiences that advance knowledge about specific community issues and develop skills for ethical and responsive community engagement.

Sharpe and the Benefits of Working with Freshmen

Sharpe Community Scholars are an engaged group of students ready for action and learning. Their energy and fresh insights contribute to a very satisfying teaching experience, which often leads to strong working relationships in engaged scholarship that continue beyond the first-year experience.

Engaged Learning Curriculum

In Sharpe, faculty teach a four-credit Freshman seminar in the Fall semester that transitions into a spring semester engaged scholarship project. Sharpe professors also participate in a yearlong, one-credit engaged learning course as collaborative advisors to the program’s students. In Community Studies, faculty may teach the Introduction to Community Studies course (an engaged learning seminar comparable to the Sharpe freshman seminars) or one of the core courses for the minor, Critical Engagement in Context or Community-Based Research Methods.


Faculty in the Sharpe and Community Studies programs are among the College’s most productive researchers, engaged teachers, and synergistic members of their multiple communities. Both programs offer students a solid foundation for building critical research skills while advancing their community engagement interests. For many faculty members, the combination of research, teaching, and community activity yields funding and publishing success with demonstrable impact on local, domestic, and global community issues.