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Jill Knapp wins 2013 Pacesetter Prize for Civic Engagement

Congratulations to Jill for her award from the Pace Center  "in recognition of sustained commitment toward civic engagement and passion and drive to inspire others to join with them".  The award recognizes Jill's outstanding effort in leading the prison program.

 

In 2006, in collaboration with Mercer County Community College and the New Jersey Department of Corrections, a few members of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences taught a single, for-credit, community college mathematics course in one of the local state prisons. Today, thanks to Jill's tireless effort, the volunteer teaching program has grown to more than 70 faculty, staff, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and community members offering 14-16 course sections per semester in math, science, humanities, and social sciences at several state prisons.  Jill not only teaches at least one course per semester, she organizes all the volunteers, coordinates with the prisons and other institutions of learning, and knows every student.