Will Dudley graduated from Williams in 1989 with a double major in math and philosophy. He served as a Junior Advisor, was captain of the water polo team, and received a Herchel Smith Fellowship to study at Cambridge University. After a brief foray into power plant finance, he earned his PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1998, and joined the Williams faculty that same year. In 2004 he received tenure and was appointed to chair the Committee on Undergraduate Life (CUL). He recently completed a two-year term on the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP). He is the author of Hegel, Nietzsche, and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Understanding German Idealism (Acumen Publishing, 2007). He was promoted to full professor in 2009 and was appointed Gaudino Scholar in 2010.
His efforts to carry out the Gaudino legacy:
- Screening and discussing the documentary film, “Mr. Gaudino,” with the Williams community, both on- and off-campus. [link]
- Launching the Gaudino Lunch initiative, which will facilitate students, faculty, and staff getting together over lunch for conversations on topics of mutual interest.
- Supporting student neighborhood proposals that strengthen student-faculty interaction in meaningful ways.
- Providing opportunities for independent Winter Study projects in which students pursue their academic interests in uncomfortable environments.
- Teaching “Philosophy of Education: Why Are You Here?” which challenges students to question their own assumptions about the purpose and value of their time at Williams.
- Collaborating with Williamstown Film Festival.