Thank you for your interest in becoming an EJP member!
There are three main ways to join our work:
- teach with EJP at Danville Correctional Center
- become a member of our Reentry Guide Initiative
- intern in the EJP office
You’ll find information about each opportunity below. The next application deadline is October 1, 2021, except for RGI, which accepts applications on rolling basis.
Looking for a quick overview of all EJP programs? The EJP 2020-21 Handbook is a good source of information.
College-in-Prison Program at Danville Correctional Center
We resumed in-person programming at Danville Correctional Center in Fall 2021. The deadline for submitting applications to participate with EJP in Spring 2022 is October 1, 2021. This, of course, is subject to public health conditions. We currently require EJP members who are involved with our Danville programs to be vaccinated or, if this is not possible, to provide regular negative test results.
Our college-in-prison program is at the heart of everything else we do. It consists of 12 different initiatives at Danville Correctional Center. Individuals interested in working with EJP must apply to a specific initiative or program; you are welcome to apply to more than one.
Please find a list of programs currently accepting applications below.
What do we look for in candidates? We seek maturity of purpose and an understanding of the social and historic contexts of our work. We seek members who are comfortable working with diverse student populations, in terms of demographics and academic background, and have strong social skills. Flexibility is important, as is ability and willingness to support other EJP members in our shared work. It’s important to be willing to follow prison rules and regulations.
EJP for-credit course instructors must have the same qualifications that would be necessary to teach the course on the Urbana-Champaign campus. In most cases, that is a terminal degree or ABD (“All But Dissertation”) status. Other programs require that applicants possess a bachelor’s degree or specialized knowledge.
How to Apply
We accept applications twice each year, in spring and fall. The next deadline is October 1, 2021.
Each EJP program has its own application form, accessed by clicking on the name of the program, below. Please complete and submit according to the instructions on the form. If you cannot find the form you are looking for, please contact the EJP office at 217.300.5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each program has its own selection committee. If the members of a given selection committee decide to pursue your application, they’ll contact you to schedule an interview. (If not, they’ll be in touch to explain that they have elected not to interview you.) During the interview, you’ll meet with a small group of current EJP members who will be interested in learning more about you and what leads you to apply to EJP, and in addressing your questions about the program. Please be aware that we always check references before extending an invitation to join EJP.
If you’re offered a position that will take you into the prison on a regular basis, the next step will be for you to complete the 12-page clearance application from the Illinois Department of Corrections. While you await clearance, we’ll encourage you to attend discussion groups, EJP lunches, and other activities that will allow you to meet other members and become familiar with how EJP operates. We also offer a mandatory orientation, “EJP 101,” several times each year.
If you have trouble downloading any of the applications, please send an email to email@example.com.
Each Danville program is overseen by an EJP coordinator. We currently seek to fill the following open coordinator positions:
- Community Anti-Violence Education (CAVE) Co-Coordinator
- EJP Community Librarian
- Computer Workshops Coordinator
- STEM Workshops Coordinator
For more information about the above positions or to apply, please contact EJP Academic Director Ellen Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter per the instructions on each application form. We accept coordinator applications on a rolling basis.
Reentry Guide Initiative
EJP produces two reentry guides that are revised and updated annually. About twenty RGI members participate in different aspects of guide production–including research, writing, editing, outreach, and distribution.
RGI accepts applications on a rolling basis. Prison clearance is not required. We especially seek members with personal connection to incarceration and reentry. The application form provides detailed information about RGI.
EJP Internship Program
Are you an undergraduate or graduate student who wants to learn more about the American criminal justice system, prison education, or reentry? Would you like to gain experience in research, fundraising, event planning, or other areas? Are you interested in meeting other people on campus who share your interests? Do you want to make a difference?
Please consider applying to our internship program. We accept applications every fall and spring. The next deadline is October 1, 2021. Interns work out of the EJP office on campus, not at the prison. Most are currently working virtually.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Most EJP members work with us on a voluntary basis or receive modest stipends. Occasionally, paid positions with EJP become available. Those postings can be found under “Open Positions” on the home page.
EJP Research Group
We invite participation in EJP’s Research Group, which meets monthly. This group is open to anyone who wishes to discuss works-in-progress that address any aspect of criminal justice and allied topics. There is no application process and all are welcome. Please contact our research coordinator for more information.
EJP Office Volunteers
Would you like to volunteer in the EJP office? Provide support to EJP in other ways? You might have some ideas about how your skills and interests can be of value to our mission of creating a model, comprehensive college-in-prison program, how they could support our Reentry Guide Initiative, or otherwise support EJP. We’d love to learn more. Please complete EJP’s General Interest Form. We look forward to reading these these year-round.
After you leave EJP
It may seem odd to be thinking already about your departure from EJP, but we want to emphasize how much we value our members and continue to think of them as part of the larger EJP universe, as we call it. Many people are active with EJP for years. Others work with us for only one or two semesters. We appreciate them all.
After a member decides it’s time to transition away from participation with EJP, we welcome their continued affiliation. Those who have worked with EJP at the prison are known as “EJP Faculty Affiliates.” We have faculty affiliates in many US states and in countries around the world. We appreciate the world-wide network of EJP members and encourage them to continue their participation in critical prison work wherever they find themselves.