A non-tech side of Ivy Tech: Published authors

Ivy Tech, as an institution, has been around for more than 50 years, and Ivy Tech Northeast has been around for nearly that long (we’re five years behind). In that amount of time, it’s only natural for the community to develop a certain viewpoint or opinion of the College: that of a technical or vocational school.

And why not? The College did start out as Indiana Vocational Technical College. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for foreign language and writing classes. Its name didn’t change until 1995, to Ivy Tech State College, then to “Community College” in 2000. Institutional memory is long, and Fort Wayne’s lifers will continue to hear the “tech” in “Ivy Tech” long after this blog post.

Which may make it surprising to some that the College employs a number of published authors. Because community colleges don’t grant tenure, there’s no pressure for its faculty to publish; but, as English instructor Paula Ashe points out, when you teach writing and/or literature, publishing is sort of what you do.


She shares a story of one student who googled her before the first day of class and found her Amazon author page.

“‘You have a book.’ His face was shocked,” she says, and she told him, “Yes, I do. Lots of faculty here have books because we write.”

While this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the published work of Ivy Tech faculty, here are some pieces for your reading pleasure:

Troy and book

John and book

Ivy Tech Northeast professor publishes book on Abrahamic faiths



John Morrow, an associate professor of Spanish and French at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, has published a book to be released Sept. 27. “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World,” published by Sophia Perennis and the Angelico Press, looks at the covenants Muhammad made with Christian communities. Morrow discovered these covenants in a variety of places, from obscure monasteries to out-of-print books.

“(The covenants) uniformly state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, rob them, stop churches from being repaired, tear down churches to build mosques, prevent their Christian wives from going to church and taking spiritual direction from Christian priests and elders, etc.,” Morrow says on the book’s website. “On the contrary, the Prophet commands Muslims to actively protect these communities ‘until the End of the World.’”

The book’s broader effort, Morrow says, is to promote peace among members of Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The academic book is being marketed directly to university libraries and will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s website. More information  on “The Covenants” can be found online at covenantsoftheprophet.com.