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JCCC's scholars in residence program allows individuals representing divisions, programs and cross-disciplinary groups to propose presentations by off-campus scholars that will enrich a discipline and the entire campus community.

The scholars in residence program is a venue that allows individuals representing divisions, programs or cross-disciplinary groups to propose one of a series of presentation(s) by off-campus scholars.

This program invites scholars from around the nation and world to share their work with JCCC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Since its beginning in 1996, dozens of presenters have spent time in residence at JCCC.

Individuals at JCCC representing divisions, programs, or cross-disciplinary groups may propose one or a series of presentations by off-campus scholars. This process involves completing an application and submitting it to the honors program facilitator on or before the February 1 deadline.


Until 1996, the college forum committee selected speakers to come to the campus for a one-performance engagement. That year, the committee decided to emphasize a scholar in residence program, opening the selection process to the entire faculty. The goal was to involve all segments of the academic community by providing a scholar to reside at JCCC for a sufficient length of time to interact with faculty, staff and students. Scholar in residence programs are intended to enrich a discipline and the entire college community.

Since the program's beginning, dozens of instructors have been directly involved in creating scholars in residence programming that has reached hundreds of JCCC students and community members. Some past programs have featured Jon Jory, the director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville; Nora Erro-Peralta, author and professor at Florida Atlantic University; Hiber Conteris, author and professor of literature and foreign languages at the University of Arizona; Admiral William J. Crowe, senior adviser to GlobalOptions and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet.