Grace Nixon English Institute 2015


The UI English department continues to explore options for helping in-service language arts instructors earn Professional Development or graduate-level degree credits TUITION FREE.* 

Our own Gary Williams returns to the Nixon Institute faculty to offer American Literary Nonfiction, addressing the new emphasis in secondary language arts instruction on gathering information from reading.  A very talented new arrival to the UI English faculty, Bret Shepard provides a chance to explore the exciting changes that poetry has undergone over centuries of development in “Freeing the Verse”: Teaching Poetry to High School Students.  Dr. Jan Johnson will add her extensive knowledge of American Indian Studies to her class History of American Indian Education.

Aaron Schab and Barbara Kirchmeier return to offer 1-week certification courses for teaching a dual-credit English 175, Introduction to Literary Genres and English 101, Introduction to College Writing. 

To apply for admission to any of these classes, complete the application form (link below).   Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is March 3.  Please make sure we have your application form by that date, even if you haven’t yet completed an application to UI.

Grace Nixon Application is available HERE

Check the Summer Session website for information about enrollment at U-Idaho.

*Degree Credit is available to students in degree-seeking programs.  You must be either admitted to the MAT program or actively applying to the MA program in order to receive degree credit. Degree credit scholarships will be reserved for those students actively seeking a degree; additional awards will be based on remaining scholarship funding.  Housing will be provided. 

For more information about the 2015 Institute, contact Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck ( or call 208-885-6156.