Greg Dixon, professor of English, has been selected for the Indian Knowledge, Western Education Scholars Program (IKWE), a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant facilitates the integration of Native American studies into the curriculum. According to the grant material, the training program is designed to
- “address the lack of culturally-appropriate curriculum concerning contemporary American Indian peoples, cultures, and societies in courses across the curriculum at Johnson County Community College;
- allow full-time humanities and non-humanities faculty at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) to incorporate newly-designed components and modules focusing on contemporary American Indian peoples, cultures, and societies in existing courses or courses currently in development;
- foster face-to-face interactions between American Indian community members and JCCC faculty members through a series of cultural competency trainings at JCCC;
- promote community-based projects and active learning by visiting and engaging with Native peoples in urban and reservation-based tribal communities.”
In addition, the program will include face-to-face seminars with American Indian scholars and community members. Participants will also travel to Indian communities in New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma.