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Teaching in the Sharpe Program

Faculty who teach in the Sharpe Community Scholars Program offer community-engaged learning courses across a variety of academic disciplines. Drawing on their research and teaching expertise, Sharpe 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 Engaged Scholars

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.

Community-Engaged Learning Curriculum

In the Living-Learning Community program, faculty teach a four-credit Freshman seminar in the Fall semester that often transitions into a spring semester engaged scholarship project. Sharpe professors also participate in a yearlong, Living-Learning Community program offering workshops on research, study sessions, and academic opportunities that mentor first-year students into full participation in our university community of scholars from the start.  Faculty are also invited to teach COLL350 courses and guide advanced student research in affiliation with the Sharpe program, often through the Sharpe Professorship or Community Studies Faculty Fellow with funding support.


Faculty in the Sharpe Program are among the university's most productive researchers, engaged teachers, and synergistic members of their multiple communities. The Sharpe Program offers 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.