Sharpe Professor for Civic Renewal

The Robert F. Sharpe and Jane A. Sharpe Professor of Civic Renewal chair was established through a generous gift from the late Robert F. Sharpe, reinforcing the College's commitment to innovative teaching and research that integrate community and public service with academic study. The Sharpe Professorship is a three-year, rotating appointment for which all tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members may apply.  The professorship term will start in the Fall semester.

The Sharpe Professor will be responsible for teaching two courses.  These courses may be in the Sharpe Community Scholars Program or the Community Studies minor.  A total of $38,000 is available to support the Professor, including:

  • a salary stipend of $5,000;
  • Up to $25,000 that is available to replace teaching for two courses in the Professor's department.  (Eligible candidates are encouraged to negotiate within their departments different ways to meet the needs of different situations using these funds);

  • The remaining funds -- at least $8,000 each year -- to be used by the Sharpe Professor in consultation with the Director of the Sharpe Program and the Director of the Charles Center for research, curriculum development or professional outreach.

A university-wide faculty advisory committee will evaluate proposals and make recommendation to the Dean of Arts & Sciences, who is responsible for final selections. Proposals must be endorsed by department chairs and program directors.  Faculty applicants from professional schools must have approval from their dean.

Interested faculty members should submit a one page preliminary proposal for review to Sharpe Program Director, Monica Griffin, Ph.D., at [[mdgrif]] by November 14. Final written proposals are due November 28. Download the application (doc).