Sharpe Teaching Fellows

Sharpe Teaching Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students. They serve as liaisons to community partners, mentors to first-year students, and project managers. They are responsible for guiding Sharpe Scholars through their year-long Sharpe Program experience.

Time Commitment

The time commitment of a Sharpe Teaching Fellow is on average 4-10 hours per week, including attendance with their assigned seminar's class meeting.  In addition to meeting with seminar professors as needed, all Sharpe Teaching Fellows are required to undergo training at the start of the school year and meet as scheduled with the Sharpe Program director and staff.

The Role of a Fellow


  • encourage first-year students to get involved, think independently, work collaboratively, and apply their analytic skills to real-world problems.
  • work with Sharpe faculty and community partners to plan a sequence of experiences designed to broaden and deepen student learning.
  • coach students on working effectively in groups and networking
  • work with program and agency directors to introduce students to the surrounding community
  • model undergraduate research goals with their engagement in current affairs and liberal arts learning
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.

Fellows are paid hourly to compensate for their time and hard work.


Sharpe Teaching Fellows are involved in a range of activities depending on academic focus and partnering

  • Coordinate teams of first-year students' community service-learning projects
  • Plan bimonthly public forums; featuring speakers, panels, and films that highlight program themes
  • Schedule weekly group meetings and/or discussion sections
  • Attend classes with their students (as more experienced mentors)
  • Attend biweekly staff meetings
  • Work with Sharpe 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