The Center for Prison Education welcomes course proposals from faculty who are interested in teaching in prison. To learn more about this opportunity or to submit an initial proposal consisting of a brief course description, please contact Kristen Inglis.
- FAQ for Faculty
1) How does the Center support Wesleyan faculty who teach in prison?
Each professor teaching in prison receives a $5,500 stipend per semester. Professors will have access to the logistic support of the CPE Fellow throughout the semester. Faculty will also have the opportunity to connect with previous faculty, sit in on classes and discuss course plans and syllabi with the Center’s Academic Planning & Development Manager and members of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Professors may choose to have teaching assistants as well.
2) How are incarcerated students selected to participate in the Center?
Over the summer of 2009, the Center’s Faculty Advisory Committee reviewed over 100 applications, each consisting of an analytical essay and a personal statement. Fifty applicants were offered interviews with Wesleyan faculty and the Center’s staff and nineteen participants were selected. Three additional admissions processes were held in 2011, 2013, and 2015 at Cheshire CI. In the winter of 2012 through the same process we admitted our first cohort of students at York CI, the state’s only women’s facility. In 2015 we held an additional admissions cycle at York.
3) How are students graded?
Incarcerated students receive A-F letter grades. It is the fundamental contention of the Center that the same standards of academic rigor that adhere on the main campus can be upheld in a class taught in prison. This means that expectations and evaluation should be identical to those of a class taught on the main campus.
4) How do students conduct research in prison?
Although the internet is not available in prison, students have access to a computer lab within the facility where ITS has installed a stand-alone JSTOR index as well as the Wesleyan library catalogue. Students are able to submit requests for articles or books, which are then retrieved by main campus student volunteers. The CPE Fellow, TA’s and writing tutors also assist in bringing materials in and out of the facility on a daily basis, responding to the needs of specific courses and the research interests of students.
5) What sorts of classes is the program looking for?
Our goal is to offer a well-rounded curriculum aimed at introducing first through sixth year students to the widest possible range of disciplines and methodologies in the liberal arts.
Wesleyan students can become involved with the Center in a number of ways, assisting with academics, research, logistics, communications, events and more! If you are interested in volutneering or obtaining more information, we would love to hear from you, please complete this form.
We are not currently accepting applications for in-facililty tutors. Please check back in November for information regarding the spring semester.
The CPE is an independently funded entity and relies exclusively on grants and individual donations. Your support is critical to the longevity of our program, please consider donating to provide this year's books and supplies to our students or sponsor a course. Contact us directly if you are interested in hosting an event to allow your friends and family to learn more about the CPE. We thank you for your support!