W&M Professor for Community Studies


The Dean of Arts & Sciences requests proposals for the Professor for Community Studies. This professorship, sponsored by funding from the Mellon Foundation, reflects the College's commitment to community and public service through innovative, service-learning curriculum and support for engaged scholarship across disciplines. The Professorship for Community Studies is a three-year rotating appointment for which all tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members may apply. The professorship term may start either in Spring or Fall.

The Professor for Community Studies will be responsible for teaching two courses each year in the Sharpe Community Scholars program. These courses may be in the freshman Sharpe program, or they may be core courses in the anticipated new Community Studies Minor. A total of $38,000 is available to support the Professor, including:

  • A salary supplement 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 Professor in consultation with the Director of the Sharpe Programs and the Director of the Charles Center for research, curriculum development, or professional outreach.

The Professor for Community Studies is expected to initiate and sustain a community-based research and teaching agenda, including two courses in the Sharpe program each year. Strong proposals will demonstrate feasibility for advancing community-based research and teaching at William and Mary and offer a plan for sustainability.

A university-wide faculty advisory committee will evaluate proposals and make a recommendation to the Dean of Arts & Sciences, who is responsible for final selections. Proposals must be endorsed by department chairs and program directors. Interested faculty members should submit a one page preliminary proposal for review to Sharpe Program Director, Monica Griffin, at [[mdgrif]]. Preliminary proposals are typically due mid-April, with final written proposals due several weeks later.