The Board of Trustees of Williams College has established a professorship at the College in honor of its fourteenth president, Harry C. Payne.
The Harry C. Payne Williams College Professorship of the Liberal Arts is designed to promote and support interdisciplinary teaching and research.
The recipient will develop and offer one or more ambitious interdisciplinary courses.
In his time as president, Payne encouraged and supported the development of courses engagin more than one of the traditional academic disciplines. In particular, he led the initiative to offer “clusters” of courses that cut across department and program lines. As a result, clusters have been developed in Jewish studies, Latin-American studies, leadership studies and material science studies. Another is being developed in education.
“It is wonderfully appropriate for the college to honor this important aspect of Hank’s work in a way that will enrich the curriculum and the experience of students and faculty for generations,” President of the College Carl W. Vogt said. “This is one of the many ways in which the legacy of his leadership will live on at the College.”