Document Type

Faculty and staff reflection

Course Focus

Montgomery County Reentry Collaborative

Publication Date



In this document, the instructors provide their own reflections on the course as well as teaching activities and student reflections.


community engaged learning, humanities, vocation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council


Curriculum and Instruction | English Language and Literature | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Theatre and Performance Studies


These reflections and teaching activities were part of a one-year pilot program entitled Educating the Whole Person: Humanities, Vocation, and Community Engagement, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council.

In this mini course, UD students explored vocation alongside members of the Dayton community who are in the Montgomery County Reentry Collaborative who are returning to Dayton after incarceration. Students had the opportunity to reflect on their life's purpose and passions with formerly incarcerated community members who were also finding their way to fulfilling vocations through mutual support and discovery. The mini course utilized creative writing, storytelling, role-play, and applied theatre methods to create community and space for individual and collective reflection on vocation fore the common good and what we owe one another in fulfilling our life's purpose.