Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Opportunities

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Bring a Class or Group

It is common for faculty to organize a group of their own students to attend an academic seminar at The Washington Center.  Professors find many incentives for organizing their own group seminar:


  • TWC’s Academic Seminars are an ideal professional development opportunity for faculty.
  • Leading a group is an easy way for your institution to ensure that the work completed is sufficient for the number of credits being awarded for students’ participation.
  • Cohorts are a way for you to help fully integrate what students learn with a particular course or curriculum offered on their campus.
  • A full scholarship is awarded by TWC for every 10 fully paid students who accompany the faculty leader.  This amount can be given to an 11th student or distributed among the 10 paid students to reduce the overall cost per student.

Customized Programs

You can bring a student group to Washington, D.C., over spring break for a customized program through the Washington Connection opportunity. TWC will help you create and design an invaluable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that your students and you will always remember, leveraging 40 years worth of Washington-based experience and connections on your behalf. Build a program to suit your course material, degree program or special events. Learn more about Washington Connection in these seminar description pages.

Faculty Leaders

Faculty leaders are chosen for their exceptional teaching skills. They are assigned to work with 10-15 students for the duration of the seminar. Responsibilities include:


  • Facilitating small group discussions.
  • Serving as advisors and mentors for seminar participants.
  • Recommending a grade for each student.
  • Working with their own students if they bring a minimum of 10 students from their school.
  • Leaders receive a stipend for their work during the seminars. Additional information is available here.

Faculty Fellows

College faculty and secondary education teachers are eligible to be involved in program activities as a participant, without the responsibilities associated with being a faculty leader.

Faculty Directors

For each seminar, a faculty director oversees the academic component of the seminar. Faculty directors select readings, advise on speakers and present lectures on relevant topics. Faculty directors are selected for their unique expertise and experience and provide analysis and insights into the various topics presented.

Recent faculty directors have included:


  • Ross K. Baker, Ph.D. professor of political science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Presidential Inauguration 2009; Inside Washington 2002-2010; Congress and the Obama Presidency)
  • Steve Bell, professor emeritus of telecommunications, Ball State University, former news anchors on Good Morning America (Presidential Inauguration 2009, Politics and the Media1998-2010: Politics and the Media)
  • Thomas E. Cronin, Ph.D. McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership, Colorado College (2008 Democratic National Convention)
  • Hon. Mickey Edwards, J.D., Former Member of Congress (R-OK), Executive Director, Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Service (2004, 2008 Republican National Convention)
  • Juan Zarate, J.D., Senior Adviser, Transnational Threats Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, former Deputy National Security Advisor (2005-2009) (2010: Top Secret: Challenges to National Security in a Global Environment)

Scholars-in-ResidenceScholars-in-Residence are national or international experts on topics related to a particular seminar who are invited to give periodic lectures and presentations during a seminar program.  Often Scholars-in-Residence are chosen to be a part of the national political convention seminars.  Among those recently involved were:


  • Meena Bose, Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies, Hofstra University (Republican National Convention 2008)
  • Michael A. Genovese, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, Loyola Marymount University (Democratic National Conventions 2000-2008)

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