General Education Development

The General Education Development Committee (GEDC) will facilitate a conversation about changes to the Foundation and Distribution Requirements (FDR) that ensures maximum faculty input. In its work, GEDC will follow the process outlined by the General Education Review Committee (GERC). GEDC is empowered to make a motion to the faculty to adopt a new general education curriculum.

Additional resources from the committee, including materials from events and GERC's final report, are available here.



  • Andrea Lepage, co-Chair
  • Katharine Shester, co-Chair

Ex Officio Members

  • Paul Hanstedt, Director of The Center for Academic Resources and Pedagogical Excellence (non-voting, general education support)


Twelve faculty members: six elected by the Undergraduate Faculty, six appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee.

  • Nadia Ayoub, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Alexandra Brown, Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Religion
  • Emily Cook, Assistant Professor and Research and Outreach Librarian
  • Carrie Finch-Smith, Professor of Mathematics
  • Paul Gregory, Professor of Philosophy
  • Michael Hill, Professor of Africana Studies
  • Andrea Lepage, Pamela H. Simpson Professor of Art
  • Michael Laughy, Jr. Boetsch Term Associate Professor of Classics
  • Jeff Rahl, Professor of Geology
  • Katharine Shester, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Lloyd Tanlu, Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Bobby Jones, Assistant Professor of PE and Assistant Football Coach

Additional Reading about General Education

Continue the Conversation about General Education at W&L

Input on previous surveys has been invaluable. The General Education Development Committee (GEDC) offers you additional opportunities to comment anonymously by filling out the Faculty Feedback Form. We welcome all commentary concerning the general education curriculum at W&L, including proposals/ideas for a General Education curriculum at W&L. You may submit comments more than once. Authentication is required, but GEDC will not collect information about the responder's identity.