William & Mary Libraries created the Faculty Scholar position in 2016 to support a tenured W&M faculty working full-time to advance a digital project while furthering library and institutional priorities. The Faculty Scholar works closely with library staff to advance new or existing research and make it accessible. Additionally, the Scholar supports the Dean of University Libraries and her cabinet to advance faculty-librarian partnerships, enhance collections, expand alumni relationships, and promote W&M Libraries to multiple constituencies.
The Scholar serves up to three academic years, during which W&M Libraries funds a replacement instructor in the department while the Scholar is on assignment in the Library.
2019 Faculty Scholar
Dr. Lawrence Leemis
Professor of mathematics
As Faculty Scholar, Leemis' principal project will be the creation of an open textbook for applied statistics. The textbook will be used by undergraduates and graduate students in the Computational and Applied Mathematics and Statistics program and data science majors. Although not new to publishing – Leemis has had seven textbooks published – this open textbook will be his first experience publishing under a creative commons license and writing with open principles as a goal. For the publishing phase, Leemis will be working closely with the Libraries’ digital services team to select and implement an online platform to host the textbook.
2016 Faculty Scholar
Dr. Ann Marie Stock
Professor of Hispanic studies and film and media studies
As the inaugural Faculty Scholar, Stock partnered with library colleagues on several initiatives. Principal among them is the creation of a digital archive to inventory and make accessible the Cuban film materials she has compiled and created for some 30 years. One component of this digital humanities project is an online exhibit of Cuban film posters. A physical exhibit, “UnMade in Cuba: Carteles de Cine,” is on display in the Botetourt Gallery in Swem through the fall semester. More about the project is available on the Libraries' website. Additionally, Stock was tasked with helping the Studio for Teaching and Research take shape.