Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Period of Performance

1/1/2019 - 12/31/2020

Funding Totals

$81,000.00 (approved)
$74,471.18 (awarded)

Public Good-Reads Common Book Program

FAIN: AE-264001-19

Tulsa Community College (Tulsa, OK 74135-6198)
Kara M. Ryan-Johnson (Project Director: July 2018 to October 2022)
Cynthia Lee Shanks (Co Project Director: December 2018 to October 2022)

The development and implementation of an annual common book program for students enrolled in Tulsa Community College’s First Year Experience Seminars.

Tulsa Community College (TCC) proposes an annual common book program (CBP) called “TCC Public Good-Reads.” The inaugural CBP, subtitled “Back Home,” explores Iraq War veteran Phil Klay’s short story collection, Redeployment, and focuses on trauma, adjustment, freedom, and other significant humanities themes intended to promote understanding of veterans’ experiences. The 18-month project is structured in three phases: 1) faculty development and planning, 2) course-related training, and 3) a pilot launching the CBP in 150 sections of TCC’s first-year experience seminar and 24 additional core course sections, culminating in a public lecture by author Phil Klay. The project will expand humanities teaching by creating humanities-based learning communities, incorporating professional development, and facilitating adoption of high-impact practices. TCC intends to sustain Public Good-Reads as an integral part of the College and for its annual events to have long-term impacts on the community.

Associated Products

Creating and Incorporating Community at your College (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Creating and Incorporating Community at your College
Author: Vickie Robison
Author: Kara Ryan-Johnson
Abstract: Our presentation provides an overview of the proposal that was awarded an NEH grant. We also discuss curricular materials for a first-year experience course, developmental reading, and freshman composition.
Date: 11/01/2019
Conference Name: Oklahoma Association of Developmental Educators

First-Year Experience Curricular Materials (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: First-Year Experience Curricular Materials
Author: Lori Coggins
Author: Deanna Cooper
Abstract: The materials, located among supplementary materials, include four lessons associated with the common book Redeployment.
Year: 2019
Audience: Undergraduate

Teaching Frago to Developmental Reading Students (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: Teaching Frago to Developmental Reading Students
Author: Vickie Robison
Abstract: These materials discuss how to incorporate Phil Klay's short story with a developmental reading classroom. The materials are within the supplementary materials.
Year: 2019
Audience: Undergraduate