Academic Initiatives

Our students and faculty are engaged in a number of important academic initiatives, from the public scholarship that they regularly engage in, to our annual Great Decisions speaker series, and our sponsoring of civic education on campus and in the community.

Hill Correctional outreach

Led by Rev. Teri Ott, a number of Monmouth staff, faculty and students have engaged in outreach and educational programs at the Henry Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Ill., including: 

  • A pre-release educational program run in partnership with New York University, Monmouth and Hill Correctional.
  • Book clubs for incarcerated men to critically engage classic and contemporary literature guided by Monmouth faculty.
  • Opportunities for Monmouth students to tour Hill Correctional Center, meet with corrections staff, and engage in co-learning class sessions with incarcerated men.


The Center for Civic and Social Change invites students each year to apply for a grant to create change in their community. Information about the 2020-21 grant competition will be posted during the fall for projects to be carried out in spring 2021.