Faculty and Staff


The faculty at Monticello College consists of Mentors, Professors and Third Year Tutors.

Mentor: Etymology: Latin, from Greek Mentōr: a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus' son Telemachus. An experienced adviser and supporter: somebody, usually older, wiser and more experienced, who advises and guides a younger, less experienced person.

In a true liberal arts environment, the mentor serves one primary purpose: A Model for Emulation.

Mentors in the liberal arts may lecture and lead students to become better writers, ask penetrating questions and cause deep reflection, but their greatest contribution is living an exemplary personal and public life that reflects the virtues and values so often extolled in the classics.

Honestly, it is difficult to find such mentors in the 21st Century, but that is our task. We select only those individuals as mentors who embody and live by a code of conduct and a set of truths that we wish to inculcate in our students. Academic prowess is important, but personal integrity is vital. Thoughtfully considering Shakespeare or Milton is valuable, but living a life of service is of greater consequence. Understanding the complexities of Aristotle’s Ethics, Euclid Elements and Plutarch’s Lives can have life long application, but they are of no comparison to living a life of fidelity and frugality.

We make no apologies.

Who our mentors are—is even more important than how or what they teach. We can direct the curriculum; we cannot dictate how a person lives their personal life. Our mentors are sometimes less than academically credentialed. They are often successful in a field outside of traditional academia. But they are all well versed in the curriculum, passionate about living a good life and fulfilling their own personal mission, and about helping to prepare the next generation of American Founders.

The College President is the primary mentor. The President will teach, mentor, lecture, guide and lead each and every student toward scholarly and leadership excellence—both directly and by considered delegation to the other faculty members.

Professor: Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle English, from profes, having professed one's vows, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin professus, from Latin, past participle of profitērito profess, confess, from pro- before + fatēri to acknowledge; in other senses, from Latin professus. Date: 14th century 1 : to receive formally into a religious community following a novitiate by acceptance of the required vows 2 : to declare or admit openly or freely affirm 3 : to confess one's faith in or allegiance to something 4 : to practice or claim to be versed in (a calling or profession) 5 : to teach as a professor.

Originating from the 10th Century, Schoolmen or Professors are expert lecturers and teachers, who bring specialized depth and experience from specific fields.

Tutor: Etymology: Middle English tutour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo- French, from Latin tutor, from tueri Date: 14th century : a person charged with the instruction and guidance of another.

Third Year Tutors provide a 2-fold opportunity: 1) they allow the mentor flexibility to work more closely with focus student groups, providing unprecedented personal attention for enhanced student growth, 2) by Third Year, most students need a sharing outlet, a means of applying and teach what they learned the last 2 to 3 years. Incorporating Third Year Tutors into the academic program enhances the learning process for all students involved.

The president, mentors, professors and third year tutors take care to see that no student “falls through the cracks,” and that each student gets challenged and inspired in the way that works best for them.

Mentor Qualifications

The ideal educational structure for building new American founders, approaches faculty in an innovative manner. Our mentors are recruited from top national schools and companies, to small entrepreneurial businesses to influential and impactful private citizens who just love the classics and have knack for inspiring others. Faculty are chosen on the basis of four criteria:

  1. Evidence of living a life in adherence to a specific standard or set of principles conducive to happiness
  2. Practical experience and wisdom
  3. Knowledge base
  4. The ability to teach and inspire

Along with outstanding academic and/or real life experience backgrounds, faculty members are chosen for their proven ability to exemplify courage, inspire greatness and excellence under fire in real life experiences. A college creating new American founders must know the value of worthy role models and assemble its faculty accordingly. Gifted teaching ability (the skill of inspiring students) is the most important characteristic of all.

Because the Monticello College methodology is non-traditional, and in order to perpetuate it, at least half of all mentors will always be Monticello College graduates—and each mentor needs to be skilled at leading the student through the discovery process.


Even our staff; from the Registrar and our recruiters, to the janitors and ground keepers need to value the classics, be well versed in the mission of our college and be capable of providing a kind word, a moment of inspiration and live lives worth emulating.