News Release hu-0601a
June 10, 2001
The program is the result of a $242,000 grant presented to the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NED). The grant will enable CCHA to conduct a nationwide multidisciplinary mentoring project to strengthen the role of the humanities and humanities faculty in community college programs for future teachers. The project will develop national teacher preparation models of collaboration between humanities faculty and education faculty to ensure that the humanities are central to community college programs that recruit and educate the next generation of teachers.
Fourteen community colleges will be competitively selected to develop programs that build upon existing collaborative approaches to teacher preparation at the following locations: VGCC; Nassau Community College, New York; Johnson County Community College, Kansas; Broome Community College, New York; and San Diego Mesa College, California.
One humanities faculty member and one education faculty member from each of these community colleges will constitute the project’s mentor teams. The mentors, representing such disciplines as English, History, Speech Communication, and Education, will work intensively with assigned community colleges via site visits, conferences and interactive technologies. Through a website, networking newsletters, a case-study monograph and presentations at professionals meetings, the accomplishments of the 14 colleges will be broadly disseminated to stimulate replication by other community colleges.
VGCC’s team will consist of Dr. John J. Beck, chairperson/instructor of Vance-Granville’s College Transfer Program, and Dr. Roland Buchanan, faculty member at North Carolina Central University, who also teaches classes at VGCC.
"This NEH award will direct the attention of the nation’s community colleges to the striking need for excellence in humanities scholarship as they develop new teacher preparation programs to meet our country’s current shortage," said David A. Berry, CCHA, executive director and professor of history at Essex County College."
Dr. Constance Carroll, CCHA board member and president, San Diego Mesa College, added, "We are particularly pleased that this project will provide community colleges with models that demonstrate how humanities and education faculty can work together to ensure that students aspiring to become teachers are well taught in the subject areas they will ultimately be teaching."
The project, Advancing the Humanities in Teacher Preparation at Community Colleges, will be conducted in cooperation with the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.
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