A Recent Academic Dean Describes the U.Va. Academical Village
Semester at Sea’s previous academic sponsor, the University of Virginia has strong ties to living-learning communities. U.Va.’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, believed in the idea of an academic community (called the academical village) where faculty, staff, and students live together and learn together in a shared community. In his opening convocation remarks, Fall 2011 Academic Dean Mark Thomas, professor of history and economics in the College of Arts & Sciences at U.Va., draws some remarkable parallels between Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village and life on the ship, both living-learning communities.