Will Shotwell

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with an English degree from Wesleyan University, 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 Ph.D. 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, Rhode Island, in 1991, Will earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. 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 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 that 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 for basketball games, and does associate dormitory duty.