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 English professor to host Now Read This! writing workshop, book signing, reading

Troy Bigelow, an assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, will host a writing workshop, book signing, and reading at 5 p.m. April 17 in the Conference Room in the Student Life Center on North Campus (3701 Dean Drive).



He will discuss his book of poetry, “Resuscitivity.” Bigelow invented the word to mean “the ability to be resuscitated or revived with breath; inspired.”

“That is the extended metaphor of the entire book: how to be able to breathe again after the breath is taken away,” Bigelow says. “This book is a celebration of dying and living, an exhalation of what is human.”

The reading will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. with the book signing from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event is part of Ivy Tech Northeast’s fourth annual Now Read This! 2014 scholarship opportunity. Students and community members from northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are invited to develop creative responses to “Resuscitivity,” and Ivy Tech Northeast will award one or more winners a scholarship of up to $1,000. “Creative responses” can entail anything from essays and multimedia entries to dance, music, or visual art.

Now Read This! promotes literacy and dialogue, allowing readers to enjoy the same book as other community members. To learn more, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/read.