William & Mary

Courses on Civic Leadership


In Fall 2016, the College received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the cultivation of civic leadership, rooted in the humanities. This is the second call for proposals for courses on civic leadership as it relates to liberal democracy, diversity, civic engagement and/or social issues.

Full Description

Proposed courses will explore and cultivate qualities inherent in civic leadership: intellectual openness, public-mindedness, self-awareness, compassion and integrity.  They will be distinguished by their grounding in the humanities and by collaboration across disciplines and schools.

This is a College-wide initiative.  Proposals from members of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and in the Schools of Business, Education, Law and Marine Science are welcome.  In Arts & Sciences, the new courses would likely support both the COLL curriculum and department and program offerings.  

The grant will fund development of new or redesigned one-semester courses.  Course design should be conducted by interdisciplinary teams, and will consist of 2-3 faculty members per course, with at least one of the team members from the humanities, arts or humanistic social sciences. Ccourses will be offered in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.  In addition to developing the course, the team will be expected to submit a report about the course to the Citizen Scholar Study Group after teaching the course for the first time. 

Questions should be addressed to Drew Stelljes or John Lombardini.

Application for Civic Leadership- This deadline has been extended

Application due by 4:00 pm, February 23, 2018 to Provost@wm.edu