2015-06-02 15.43.24Academic Vision

The Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) provides a high-quality liberal arts education to people incarcerated in and staffing the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, Missouri. Our aim is to bring Washington University’s intellectual rigor and educational standards to our students in the prison. We offer semester-long college courses, short-term workshops and individual tutoring for incarcerated and staff students. Courses offered through PEP will apply to the associates degree at University College at Washington University and transfer to other institutions.

We hope to reach incarcerated individuals at MECC who are not PEP students by offering reading groups, lectures, and other intellectual opportunities to enhance their quality of life and encourage them to continue their education, through PEP or elsewhere.

Course Listings

Summer 2017
Critical and Researched Writing (3 units), Greg Ott, Instructor in College Writing
Fundamentals of Writing (3 units), Erik Strobl, Lecturer in College Writing
Concepts in Chemistry (1.5 units), Calynn Johnson-Morrison, graduate student instructor
College Algebra and Pre-Calculus (non-credit workshop), Gong Cheng, graduate student instructor

Spring 2017
Power, Justice, and the City (3 units), Clarissa Hayward, Associate Professor of Political Science
Losing the Farm: 20th Century Agriculture in a Global Context (3 units), Venus Bivar, Assistant Professor of History
Reading Shakespeare (3 units), Robert Wiltenburg, Dean Emeritus, University College
Global Energy and the American Dream (3 units), Bret Gustafson, Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology
American Literature before 1865: The Making of America (3 units), Barbara Baumgartner, Senior Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Manifesto, Story, and Verse (2 units), Eileen G’Sell, Lecturer in College Writing
Pre-Calculus (non-credit workshop), Gong Cheng, graduate student instructor
Genetics in Everyday Life (staff course), Carolyn Herman, Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences

Fall 2016
Classical to Renaissance Literature (3 units), Robert Henke, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3 units), Jami Ake, Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Project for the Humanities and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Pre-calculus (3 units), Roya Beheshti Zavareh, Associate Professor of Mathematics
College Writing I (3 units), Greg Ott, College Writing Program Coordinator and Mentor
History of Political Thought: Theoretical Foundations of the Market Society (1 unit), Jennifer Hudson, Lecturer in Political Science
Creative Writing (non-credit workshop), Eileen G’Sell, Lecturer in the College Writing Program
“Based on a True Story”: Creative Nonfiction Writing I (staff course), Eileen G’Sell, Lecturer in the College Writing Program

Spring 2016
Physics and Society, Francesc Ferrer, Associate Professor of Physics
Western Civilization II: 1500-Present, Christine Johnson, Associate Professor of History
Understanding Human Nature: Personality Psychology, Randy Larsen, Professor of Psychology
Introduction to Archeology, Carla Klehm, Lecturer in Anthropology
Expository Writing (staff course), Robert Wiltenburg

Fall 2015
Introduction to Theater: Plays, Performance, and Public Speaking, William Whitaker, Professor of Practice in Drama
Genetics in Everyday Life, Carolyn Herman, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Summer 2015
Fundamentals of Writing, Jami Ake, Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Project for the Humanities and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, co-taught by Treasure Redmond Shields

Spring 2015
American Literature Before 1865: The Making of America, Barbara Baumgartner, Senior Lecturer, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to Philosophy, Claude Evans, Professor of Philosophy
Introduction to Psychology (staff course), Len Green, Professor of Psychology

Fall 2014
Classical to Renaissance Literature, Robert Henke, Professor of Drama
Freedom, Citizenship and the Making of American Culture, Margaret Garb, Professor of History

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