Faculty Speaker Program
The Faculty Speaker Program is intended to provide intellectual stimulation, reflect the ongoing excellence of the Wellesley faculty, and offer a means for alumnae to connect with each other and to the College. Each year, members of the faculty visit 40-50 alumnae clubs and informal groups around the country, and occasionally, around the world.
Who Are The Speakers and What Are Their Topics?
The list of speakers and their topics are listed here. The document is divided by department, listing the name of the professor or administrator with their title underneath, and the topic(s) they would be willing to speak about in italics. Pinanski Prize winners are denoted with an asterisk. Wellesley faculty are most effective when they speak about their own research or on a topic of current interest in their field; you may, however negotiate a topic not listed if it is acceptable to the speaker.
View the list of faculty speakers and their topics here.
For Wellesley Faculty: If you are interested in participating in the Faculty Speaker Program, please complete our online participation form.
To Request a Speaker
Complete the Faculty Speaker Request Form
referencing the list of speakers who have offered to visit Wellesley clubs. You may also request a speaker who does not appear on the list and the Alumnae Association will extend an invitation. Be sure to indicate a few speaker options, in the case the first faculty member we approach is unable to visit.
The WCAA strongly prefers that clubs use the request form and do not approach faculty on their own. Since the WCAA covers the cost of faculty travel for the speaker program, it is very important the office is aware of scheduled trips and estimated costs.
If a speaker is booked for a club, the WCAA will reimburse faculty for all costs associated with the professor’s travel, meals, and lodging. Clubs are responsible for all costs associated with the club program, such as refreshments, venue, and rental equipment. Clubs that arrange for their own speaker without the involvement or approval of the WCAA will be responsible for covering the speaker’s travel and lodging expenses itself.
Once Your Speaker Is Confirmed...
The WCAA will send the club a confirmation email with the professor’s name, contact information, and date of the talk. It is then the club’s responsibility to reach out to the faculty member to coordinate further details of the visit. Faculty is responsible for booking their own travel. Often the club will offer to take the professor out to dinner one night so they might have a chance to talk with a smaller group of alumnae or the club board. At least six weeks prior to the speaker engagement the club should arrange for a series of eblasts and potentially a hard copy invitation to be sent out to the club to best publicize the event. Invitations may be extended to current students (depending on the time of year), parents of current students, and prospective students. Speakers often schedule other professional or personal travel around club talks, so it is extremely important that an engagement not be canceled or changed once it has been confirmed.
Should you have further questions, please contact Leah Driska, Assistant Director of Clubs in the WCAA at 781-283-2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org