Faculty Affiliate Program
The Faculty Affiliate Program at Williams College seeks to strengthen the relationship between the athletic and academic lives of the College. The Program supports the College’s understanding of intercollegiate athletics as a core part of the Williams educational mission.
Academic faculty members volunteer to partner with athletic teams in a casual and supportive way. In addition to attending competitions, Faculty Affiliates periodically join team members for meals, attend team functions, or even attend practice!
There are several objectives for this program:
- To enhance connections between student-athletes and academic faculty members by providing additional mentoring for student-athletes, particularly with management of academic responsibilities and communication with professors.
- To connect academic and athletic faculty members and promote an understanding of their respective challenges, responsibilities, and approaches to teaching and working with students.
- To support the academic mission of the college while also increasing understanding of the ways in which intercollegiate athletics enhances the educational mission of the College.
- To strengthen the relationships between student-athletes, professors, and coaches beyond the classroom.
The list of Faculty Affiliates and their teams can be found below.
Men’s Cross Country: Bud Wobus, Geology.
Women’s Cross Country: Kris Kirby, Psychology.
Women’s Field Hockey: Janneke Vandestadt, German & Russian & Ronadh Cox, Geosciences
Men’s Soccer: Magnus Bernhardson, History.
Women’s Soccer: Laurie Heatherington, Psychology.
Volleyball: Alan White, Philosophy.
Women’s Alpine Skiing: Sheafe Satterthwaite, Art
Men’s Basketball: Kris Kirby, Psychology
Women’s Basketball: Noah Sandstrom, Psychology & Marlene Sandstrom, Psychology.
Women’s Ice Hockey: Will Dudley, Philosophy.
Men’s Ice Hockey: David Pilachowski, Library
Men’s Squash: Chip Chandler, Leadership Studies.
Women’s Squash: Enrique Peacock, Chemistry.
Wrestling: Keith McPartland, Philosophy
Women’s Crew: Lara Shore-Sheppard, Economics
Baseball: Alan Hirsh, Political Science & Steve Nafziger, Economics.
Softball: Tom Smith, Chemistry.
Women’s Golf: James McAllister, Political Science.
Men’s Lacrosse: Will Olney, Economics.
Women’s Lacrosse: Scott Wong, History.
Men’s Tennis: Christopher Nugent, Chinese.
Women’s Tennis: Brent Heeringa, Computer Science.
For more information on the Faculty Affiliate Program, contact Alison Swain via email (Alison.M.Swain@williams.edu) or phone (413) 597-2427.