Faculty in Residence

A faculty perspective on teaching at VLB

Every semester, the Villa welcomes a Georgetown faculty member from Main Campus to serve as Faculty in Residence. In addition to designing and teaching up to two courses at the Villa, the Faculty in Residence plays a vital role in the Villa’s identity as a Global Living and Learning Community.  The goal of the GLLC model is to create an integrative learning environment that brings together intellectual inquiry, intercultural engagement, and personal development.  By engaging students both inside and outside of the classroom, and participating in daily life at the Villa, the Faculty in Residence helps to animate the academic life at the Villa, an experience as enriching for the students as it is rewarding for the faculty member. 

Faculty in Residence are typically housed in an apartment a short walk from the Villa, but have on occasion sought their own housing in Fiesole or Florence.  Breakfast and lunch are served at the Villa on weekdays, and the Faculty in Residence is expected to share regularly in communal meals with students and Villa staff.

For further questions or to discuss opportunities to teach at Villa Le Balze, interested faculty members should contact Gregory Spear, Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs (gs901@georgetown.edu).

The Application Process

The Office of Global Education invites Georgetown faculty members interested in spending a semester in residence at the Villa during the Academic Year 2018-2019 to apply by September 15, 2017.  A list of the eligibity requirements and application materials is avalable below.


  • 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 indicating your preferred term abroad (Fall, Spring, or no preference).
  • Two course proposals, including detailed description 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)
  • Tentative itinerary for at least one field trip for each course, deepening exposure to course topics (one paragraph)
  • Tentative idea for at least one recurring co-curricular activity, to engage students in intellectual inquiry, intercultural exploration, self-expression, or personal reflection during their time at the Villa.  The proposed activity can deepen or depart from the formal curriculum, but should add depth and dimension to the Living and Learning Community model (1-2 paragraphs).
  • Full CV, including all the courses they have 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 sent by email or intercampus mail to:

Gregory Spear
Assistant Director, Global Living & Learning Programs
Office of Global Education
Georgetown University
210 Car Barn, 3520 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20057-1013