Montgomery College’s Global Humanities Institute Receives Outstanding Program Award from the National Two-Year College English Association

The National Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) recently announced the winners for the 2015 Diana Hacker TYCA Outstanding Programs in English Awards. Montgomery College’s Global Humanities Institute (GHI) received an honorable mention in the category of “Reaching Across Borders.”

The awards, cosponsored by Bedford/St. Martin’s, were presented during the TYCA Breakfast at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Convention in Tampa this past March.

This award honors the achievements of those two-year college English teachers who, together with administrators, community leaders, and/or colleagues in other disciplines or programs, create exemplary programs and initiatives to enhance language learning of students and enable students of diverse interests and backgrounds to achieve their college, career, and personal goals.

The GHI at Montgomery College is funded by a six- year “Bridging Cultures” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an initiative that “engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.”  The GHI works to promote a global perspective in the humanities and to emphasize the role of the humanities in education and civic life through curriculum actions and public education events. The GHI is creating a model program for internationalizing the humanities at Montgomery College, ensuring its longevity and its replicability and accessibility to other colleges. The key programs are expert speakers, faculty fellowships, new courses, and academic partnerships abroad. The program coordinator is Rita Kranidis.

For more than 30 years, Diana Hacker was a member of the English faculty at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. After her death, her publisher, Bedford/St. Martin’s, became intrigued with the program and wished to cosponsor the award honoring two-year college faculty. In her memory, the name was changed to the Diana Hacker TYCA Outstanding Programs in English Awards, in 2005.

For more information about the Diana Hacker TYCA Outstanding Programs in English Awards, see http://www.ncte.org/tyca/awards/programs.

To learn more, contact Linda Walters-Moore, TYCA Administrative Liaison, at 217-278-3632 or lwaltersmoore@ncte.org.

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