A faculty perspective on teaching at VLB
Faculty in Residence
Every semester, the Villa welcomes a Georgetown faculty member from Main Campus to serve as Faculty in Residence. This faculty member plays an important role in the academic life of the Villa’s living and learning community.
The primary responsibility of the Faculty in Residence is to design and teach two courses onsite to undergraduate students studying at Villa Le Balze. The courses are not limited to any specific department or discipline, but must meet the following criteria:
- Have a tangible connection to the Villa’s location (narrowly or broadly defined) so as to support the place-based nature of an education abroad experience;
- Be assigned course numbers from a Main Campus academic department;
- Have no prerequisites for enrollment.
While each course will be assigned meeting space at the Villa, faculty are encouraged to use the Villa’s setting and resources to the fullest extent to create a truly dynamic learning experience in their courses. Faculty interested in developing offsite academic field visits, local guest speakers, or experiential education components as part of their course proposals are encouraged to contact the Office of Global Education to discuss feasibility and planning.
In order to bring the full strength and resources of Georgetown faculty to bear on the Villa’s academic programs, Faculty in Residence may, in consultation with the Office of Global Education and Villa Le Balze, substitute one course from their teaching load with a substantive project that contributes to the Villa’s academic profile or to its living and learning community in a defined, measurable way. Examples of such projects include: developing new campus-community partnerships for research internships or service learning; organizing an academic event; designing and carrying out an assessment of student learning, or a workshop series on innovative teaching and learning for local instructors at the Villa. Alternative academic assignments are proposed and approved as part of the selection process, and should draw on the faculty member’s specific areas of expertise or experience. Faculty who are selected for an alternative academic assignment will be required to provide regular progress updates to the Office of Global Education and to submit a detailed summary of their project’s outcomes as part of their Faculty Report.
An equally important role of the Faculty in Residence is to engage students outside the classroom, by being an active and engaged presence in the community life of Villa Le Balze, and to support the student living and learning experience through your participation in co-curricular and community events. This includes regularly attending lunch during weekdays and participating in community events scheduled throughout the semester. Faculty in Residence are also encouraged to participate in regular community reflection sessions, facilitated by Villa staff, which are purposefully designed to deepen the student cohort experience around a common set of goals, values, and traditions.
Teaching at Villa Le Balze is considered part of a faculty member’s regular Main Campus teaching load. Full-time faculty (tenure-line and non-tenure line) will retain their academic appointment and salary through their home department on Main Campus; the home department will be compensated by Villa Le Balze for costs of replacing the faculty member's on-campus teaching. Part-time (adjunct) faculty will retain their affiliation to their home department on Main Campus but will be compensated directly by OGE for each course taught at Villa Le Balze.
Faculty in Residence are housed in an apartment-style residence in Fiesole, just a short walk from the Villa. The residence includes ensuite kitchen and bathroom access, and is comfortably furnished to accommodate one adult (with spouse). In rare cases, Villa Le Balze reserves the right to house the visiting Faculty in Residence at the Villa (in a separate apartment building located on the premises) rather than offsite, depending on student enrollment and cost considerations.
Faculty traveling with family members or who wish to make alternate housing arrangements should contact the Office of Global Education to discuss important considerations related to location, cost, and visa requirements.
The Application Process
The Office of Global Education is currently accepting applications from Georgetown faculty for the position of Faculty in Residence at Villa Le Balze Academic Year 2020-2021. The deadline to submit an application is October 28, 2019. Further information about eligibility requirements, as well as a complete list of application materials and instructions, is available below.
It is strongly recommended that interested applicants make an appointment with the Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs (Office of Global Education) to discuss interest and proposed courses as they relate to the needs of Villa Le Balze’s undergraduate curriculum before submitting the application.
- Applicants may be full time (tenure-line or non-tenure line) or part time (adjunct) professors, but must have taught undergraduate courses for a minimum of 4 semesters at Georgetown (at the time of application).
- Applicants may not have served as Faculty in Residence at Villa Le Balze within the past 4 semesters (at the time of application).
- Preferred applicants will show a demonstrated interest and a history of involvement in programs and experiences related to undergraduate student formation, experiential learning, or global education.
Required Application Materials
- Statement of interest outlining why you wish to serve as Faculty in Residence and what unique contributions you believe you will offer. Please also indicate your preferred term abroad (Fall, Spring, or no preference).
- Two course proposals, including detailed description and outline (based on thirteen weeks of teaching) of course topics, learning outcomes, and assessment methods. Each course proposal should also indicate which academic department will assign credit for the course, and include any field-based or experiential learning components that make use of the Villa's location and resources (1-2 pages per course). Faculty should submit (and be prepared to teach) both course proposals during their semester in residence, regardless of whether they intend to propose an alternative academic assignment while in residence
- Proposed Alternative Academic Assignment (OPTIONAL) Beginning in Fall 2020, Georgetown Faculty in Residence at Villa Le Balze will have the opportunity to propose a substantive project to replace one course from their teaching load. Selected projects, to be developed in consultation with and approved by the Office of Global Education and Villa Le Balze, will contribute to the Villa’s academic profile or its living and learning community in a defined, measurable way. Interested faculty should make an appointment with the Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs (Office of Global Education) to discuss feasibility and planning before submitting the attached Proposal Narrative Guidelines
- Full CV, including all courses taught at Georgetown.
- Letter of support from the Chair of the applicant’s department that expresses willingness to release the applicant from teaching during the requested term (if selected) and provides the contact information of administrator with whom OGE can coordinate if the applicant is selected.
Completed application materials should be emailed as one file, or sent by intercampus mail to:
Assistant Director, Global Living & Learning Programs
Office of Global Education
210 Car Barn, 3520 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20057-1013
KATHRYN TEMPLE, J.D., Ph.D
Kathryn Temple is an associate professor of English and former chair of the English Department. She studies the history of emotion, particularly the relationship between institutional change and emotions in legal contexts. She has written about anger, desire, sadness, happiness, and embarrassment, among other emotions. Her most recent book, Loving Justice: Legal Emotions in William Blackstone’s England (forthcoming 2019, NYU Press), examines how emotions undergird our understanding of Anglo-American legal institutions. The recipient of NEH, ACLS, Mellon and ARC fellowships, she has developed a number of initiatives oriented towards reinventing the humanities.
ANNA MARIA MAYDA, Ph.D.
LAURA BENEDETTI, Ph.D.
Laura Benedetti holds the Laura and Gaetano De Sole Professorship of Contemporary Italian Culture at Georgetown University, where she served as Department Chair and Director of the Italian Summer Program. Her articles span seven hundred years, from Boccaccio to Elena Ferrante. She is also the author of several volumes, including La sconfitta di Diana. Un percorso per la Gerusalemme liberata, The Tigress in the Snow: Motherhood and Literature in 20th-Century Italy, the edition and English translation of Lucrezia Marinella’s Exhortations to Women and to Others If They Please, and the novels Un paese di carta and Secondo piano. She was Guest of Honor at the annual meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies (2016), as well as the recipient of the Flaiano International Prize for Italian Studies (2008).
CHESTER GILLIS, Ph.D.
Chester Gillis, Professor in the Department of Theology, served as Dean of Georgetown College from 2008-2017. Dr. Gillis also served as chair of the Department of Theology from 2001 to 2006, core faculty of the Liberal Studies Program from 1998 to 2008, and director of the Doctorate of Liberal Studies Program from 2006 to 2008. He is an expert on the U.S. Catholic Church, the history of Catholicism, and the papacy, including Pope Benedict XVI. His other areas of expertise include interfaith dialogue and religious pluralism. He is the author of Roman Catholicism in America, Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology, A Question of Final Belief, Catholic Faith in America, and he is the editor of The Political Papacy.
HANS NOEL, Ph.D.
Hans Noel is an associate professor in the Department of Government. His research is on political coalitions, political parties and ideology. He is the author of Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America, and a co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. He is interested in the way that a focus on competing policy demands helps explain political parties, coalition building and coordination. Noel blogs on political parties and related issues at Mischiefs of Faction.
Noel teaches on parties, elections, political history and political methodology.
Noel was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 2008 to 2010. Before coming to Georgetown, Noel was a fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from UCLA. From 1994 to 1997, Noel worked for a daily newspaper in Virginia. He is the co-director/co-producer of the award-winning feature film "The Rest of Your Life."
MICHAEL J. COLLINS, Ph.D.
Michael J. Collins is Professor in the Department of English. He is an expert on Shakespeare; British theatre since 1950; Anglo-Welsh poetry. Articles on Shakespeare (focus on performance and pedagogy), Anglo-Welsh poetry, and American literature. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from New York University and his B.A. from Fordham College. His written publications include: Editor, Shakespeare's Sweet Thunder: Essays on the Early Comedies (Delaware, 1997).
MARK KAUPPI, Ph.D.
Mark Kauppi has been an associate adjunct professor with the School of Foreign Service since 2000. He has taught and published on a wide range of topics to include the relevancy of Thucydides and Machiavelli to contemporary national security issues, international relations theory, and the role of intelligence in the policymaking process. He is co-author of The Global Philosophers: World Politics in Western Thought (Lexington, 1992), International Relations Theory (Pearson, 5th ed., 2011), and International Relations and World Politics: Security, Economy, Identity (Pearson, 5th ed., 2012).
FRANCESCO CIABATTONI, Ph.D.
Francesco Ciabattoni is a specialist in medieval Italian literature. He received his Laurea in Lettere from the Università degli Studi di Torino and his PhD in Italian Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr Ciabattoni’s research focus lies on Dante and the middle ages, the twentieth century short story and the interplay of music and literature. He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, a book on the role of music in the Comedy (Dante’s Journey to Polyphony, University of Toronto Press, 2010) and edited volumes on Primo Levi and Italian medieval literature. He has also published poems on Gradiva and a collection of lyrics titled Paradosso terrestre (Rome: Il filo 2008).
GIANNI CICALI, Ph.D.
Gianni Cicali is a specialist in History of Italian Theater. He holds an Italian “laurea,” (B.A.) and doctoral degrees from both Italy (Università di Firenze) and Canada (University of Toronto). His interests focus on Italian theater from the 15th to the 20th century; Italian Opera and librettists; history of Italian actors, actresses and singers; theater through archive documents; politics and Italian drama; the relations between the performing and the fine arts; the commedia dell’Arte; 18th-century Neapolitan theater; Pietro Trinchera (Naples 1702-1755); 15th and 18th-century religious theater; cinema. Dr. Cicali created and offered at Georgetown several new courses in Italian. He explores, with his students, fundamental topics of Italian theater and Italian culture and society, such as the relations between theater, politics, arts and religion; or the Italian ‘invention’ and international success of the Opera and the multifaceted economic, performing and artistic aspects of that important phenomenon. He also designed and teaches courses on sexuality, politics and madness in Italian literature, theater and cinema, and he regularly gives courses on Advanced Italian language and culture.
SUSAN TERRIO, Ph.D.
Susan Terrio is Professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of French. She is the inaugural chair of the Anthropology Department following its separation from the Department of Sociology in the fall of 2008. She holds a dual doctorate from the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for French Studies at New York University and spent a year of doctoral study at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. She chaired the interdisciplinary Culture and Politics major within the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown for four years before accepting a residential fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University in 2005-2006. Her areas of expertise include the cultural anthropology of contemporary France and Western Europe and the social and cultural history of France since the revolution of 1789. Specific interests center on social class and educational systems, craft and commoditization, food and foodways, migration and the law, national identities and ideologies, youth culture and conflict, juvenile delinquency and its treatment within the French and US systems of juvenile justice.
TERRENCE REYNOLDS, Ph.D.
Terrence Reynolds is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Georgetown University. He was born in New York City and received degrees from Queens College (B.A.), Concordia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Ph.D. from Brown University. Before coming to Georgetown in 1991, he taught at Brown, Connecticut College, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. His research interests focused initially on the thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but are now concentrated on the meaning, truth, and justification of moral claims, as well as the ways in which faith-based convictions can play a role in the public square.
In addition to serving as Chair of the Main Campus Executive Faculty (2001-2005 and 2009- present), Reynolds has been the Chair of the Department of Theology since 2006, the Chair of the Core Faculty of the Liberal Studies Program (2002-present), and the Director of Doctoral Studies in the Liberal Studies Program. He was also the grateful recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in the Liberal Studies Program, the College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Fund for American Studies Professor of the Year Award, and the national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award.
Dr. Reynolds’s teaching interests lie in the areas of ethical theory and moral issues, the intersections between psychology and religious faith, Enlightenment philosophy and theology, and the thought of Søren Kierkegaard.