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Call for Prison Teaching Fellows

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce its continued cooperation with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP). During each full semester (fall and spring), the College will name one faculty member as a A&S Prison Teaching Fellow. The recipient of this fellowship will have a one-course reduction on main campus in order to teach for APAEP in an Alabama prison.

The College is very pleased to partner with APAEP to assist with their valuable educational programming in Alabama prisons and to give our expert teaching faculty the opportunity to pursue their interests in social justice. APAEP and A&S have joined efforts since 2007 to offer Prison Arts Fellowships to MFA students in the creative writing program. This growth further substantiates the efforts to combine educational resources to meet a significant need in Alabama.

More information can be found at http://apaep.auburn.edu/.


The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project has been implementing arts, humanities, and STEM programming in prisons across the state of Alabama since 2003. Founded by Director Kyes Steves, the program works on the belief that it is important for the adult prison population to gain a quality education and to build a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives. APAEP provides access to sustained and quality educational experiences in the arts, humanities, hard sciences, and human sciences. APAEP believes that education is a fundamental right of everyone, everywhere.

APAEP programming consists of two parts: pre-college programming and college programming. Pre-college classes are freshman or sophomore-level surveys and seminars offered at correctional facilities around the state. Classes typically meet once a week for 2.5 hours, over a period of 14 weeks.

Selection Process

The selection process is a two-step process: Departmental/College clearance, and then selection by APAEP based on a number of factors (disciplinary need, for example). First, interested faculty should contact and consult with their department chairs to ensure that the teaching needs of the unit will not be adversely affected by the one-course reduction. Faculty should complete the A&S application form, with the Chair’s approval and statement of how teaching needs will be covered. This form should be submitted to Associate Dean Tricia McElroy by December 1, 2019, for the Dean’s approval.

Faculty approved for consideration in the first step will then be given the APAEP Teaching application, attaching the approvals of both Chair and Dean as well as a current curriculum vitae. The College will then forward all of these materials to Kyes Stevens and her staff for vetting and approval.

Please direct any questions to Associate Dean Tricia McElroy, tmcelroy@ua.edu.


Applications are due to Associate Dean Tricia McElroy by December 1, 2019.

Download application for Prison Arts Teaching Fellowship (doc)