Each year, the village selects a faculty member to serve as the Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) in the village. The goal of the program is to foster meaningful dialogue between students and faculty outside the classroom. The SIR serves as a role model for village students as they develop as young scholars and researchers.

For 2018-2019, the Scholar in Residence is Sheryl Cornett of the English Department. Sheryl has taught a wide range of writing and literature courses at North Carolina State University. Her recent poems, stories, scholarship, criticism, and creative non-fiction appear in the Southern Women’s Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Image, Pembroke Magazine, Mars Hill Review, and The Independent Weekly among other journals and magazines; and in anthologies such as In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. Recent conference presentations include “A Jane Austen for Our Time” at Ireland’s West Cork Literary Festival, which was selected to appear in the essay collection The Global Jane Austen (Palgrave Macmillian, 2013.) Current research interests include the role of World War Two in North Carolina’s literary landscape and the significance of domestic architecture and gardens in creating fictional characters and story settings.

For more information, contact Dr. Scott O’Leary, Honors and Scholars Village Director