Tammi Hellwig Named Director of Community-Based Learning at Washington and Lee University
Tammi M. Hellwig has been named the director of Community-Based Learning at Washington and Lee University. W&L Provost Marc Conner announced the appointment, which is effective July 1.
Hellwig will be returning to W&L in her new role. She was previously assistant dean for clinic and externship administration and professor of practice at the Washington and Lee School of Law, where she oversaw clinical program budgets, developed and maintained externship opportunities, oversaw externship adjunct professors, and taught in the experiential program.
Hellwig now serves as the chief deputy clerk for the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, where she manages operational and administrative functions of the Clerk’s Office. She holds a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.
In this new leadership role, Hellwig will chair the Community Engagement/Service Learning (CE/SL) Advisory Committee. She will work closely with the provost, as well as the academic deans, Student Affairs staff and others throughout the university to coordinate, support and lead W&L’s many programs and initiatives in community-based learning.
Her role will include:
- Articulating a common vision for community-based learning at W&L;
- Enhancing the overall quality of our programs and helping students and faculty realize the opportunities presented;
- Developing and sustaining relationships with community partners and coordinating outreach efforts from all W&L programs;
- Defining and strengthening community engagement practices and protocols and establishing training opportunities for students and faculty;
- Developing an assessment practice and common learning objectives for student experiences;
- Coordinating with the Student Affairs division on community service and community-based engagement;
- Working with the provost on development and grant writing;
- Supporting law school programming and working closely with law faculty and students and programs in community-based efforts.
“I am honored to be returning to W&L and to have been selected for this position,” said Hellwig, “It is exciting that W&L is emphasizing this engaging aspect of its curriculum. I look forward to being an integral part of what is already a vibrant initiative, and to enhancing community-based learning for the students, faculty and the community.”
“This is an exciting position, one that is clearly articulated in the strategic thinking that has been going on throughout academic affairs for the past year and more,” said Conner. “We have a wide range of community engagement programs and initiatives at Washington and Lee, and through her work in this role, Tammi will enhance their efforts and harmonize their work, making these programs even more effective learning opportunities for our students, while strengthening our relationships with our community partners.”