Faculty/Staff Bio

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Will Shotwell

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

Global Studies and Service Department Head, English


Work Phone: 860-945-7880

Year Appointed: 2011

  • After graduating from Wesleyan as an English major with honors and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Will worked for the Educational Testing Service as an assistant examiner, writing and editing SAT Verbal and AP English exams. From there, he entered a PhD program in comparative literature at Brown University. After completing his first year of course work at Brown, Will spent four years in Paris, France; he worked for two years as an assistant d’Anglais in two lycées while also teaching English and intercultural communication for a private language company. Returning to Providence, RI, in 1991, Will earned an M.A. and PhD in comparative literature from Brown University, specializing in English and French literatures of the 18th century. In 1996, while still completing his doctorate, he began a 15-year tenure at Lincoln School in Providence, where he served as a humanities teacher in both English and history; crew coach and director of the Crew Program; squash coach; and cross country coach. During his time at Lincoln, Will helped found, and then served as the director of the school’s Center for Peace, Equity, and Justice through Service. In his final year at Lincoln, he served as technology integration specialist, a position from which he supported faculty in their efforts to integrate technology into their curricula. At Taft, Will heads the Global Studies and Service Department, teaches English, coaches rowing, times basketball, and does associate dorm duty.
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