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Emeritus Faculty: Moses Glidden


B.A., University of Oklahoma

M.A., University of Oklahoma

At A Glance

Started 1993
Classes Taught American Literature, Cinematic Variations - the Life of Jesus, Composition I & II, Film and Literature, Honors English I, Intro to Journalism, Living through Literature, Remedial English, The Sense of Place
Department Communications
Retired 2011


Glidden, Moses. "Black Sam." Heart and Home: an Interfaith Devotional. Prescott: Interfaith Coalition for Compassion and Justice, n.d. Print.

Glidden, Moses. "Play it Again, Spann." Blues Revue Sept. 1999. Print.


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Yavapai College Career

Graduation 2012: Dr. Penny Wills and Moses Glidden.


Mr. Moses Glidden began teaching at Yavapai College in 1993. He taught American Literature, Composition I & II, Honors English I, Introduction to Journalism, and Remedial English.  He also developed new courses: Cinematic Variations – the Life of Jesus, a Connections class – The Sense of Place, Film and Literature, and Living through Literature.  He consistently received high evaluations from academic deans and students. In a Rough Writer poll, he was voted the students’ favorite instructor for several years.

He encouraged his students to reflect on their own lives through writing. He required his students in the Remedial English and Composition classes to volunteer 10-20 hours within the county and then to write about their experiences.  Over the course of his career, the student volunteer time exceeded 10,000 hours.  For two semesters his students created handmade books containing personal artwork and writings on their lives.

By far though, the most unusual class he taught for 18 semesters was Living Through Literature.  The class was part of a ground-breaking national project to expose court-ordered students to college life and literature.  Judge Robert Kuebler initiated the program locally in 1998 and Mr. Glidden was the instructor.  Traditional YC students also signed up for the course.  Each student would compare selected works of fiction to his/her personal stories, both on paper and in class.  The class was very successful as evidenced by a Daily Courier article.

Mr. Glidden was also active in community service and on-campus committees and projects.


  • Faculty Advisor to The Rough Writer - 2 years
    • Faculty sponsor - 2 newspaper staff trips to a New York City journalism conference
  • Weekly Community Building Classes for dormitory students - 1994-996

Committee Work:

  • Compensation Committee
  • English Department Portfolio Committee - 14 years
  • Professional Growth Committee
  • Selection Committee for PEERS Director

Other College Activities:

  • ADA Advisor
  • Chair, English Extravaganza, 2009-2010
  • English Club - Faculty Consultant and Initiator
  • Facilitator and Contact for Faculty Development & Visiting Scholar Events
  • Faculty Representative - Welcome Back Students Week
  • Film Coordinator for Communications Department
  • Multicultural Workshop Facilitator - Faculty Preparation Week
  • Placement Testing Evaluator
  • Program to educate and encourage responsibility with substances
  • Set and Stew - Creator and Chair for weekly faculty gatherings - 13 years

Community Service:

  • Active in church work and leading weekly Bible studies
  • Co-facilitator - Yavapai County Jail, Alcohol/Drug 12-Step Programs
  • Founder & Advisor - Granite Creek Hunger Ministry - 1998-present
  • Keynote Speaker, County-wide Martin Luther King Day Celebration - 2011
  • Keynote speaker and presenter at numerous local literary and education events


  • Changing Lives Through Literature: Conference, Boston 2002, 2006 
  • M. Scott Peck: Teaching of Community Building Classes, Chicago 


  • Recognized five times by, and listed in, Who's Who Among American College and University Professors 1990s-2011
  • Students' Favorite Instructor, Rough Writer poll 1994-1996

Mr. Glidden retired in 2011 and was given Emeritus Faculty status April, 2012.

Oral History Interview

Additional Photos

Western Film Class in Tombstone, 1993. Courtesy photo.

Western Film Class in Monument Valley, 1993. Courtesy photo.

Mr. Glidden & Dr. Donn Rawlings. Courtesy photo.

Moses Glidden thanking Mike Dawson, Western film actor & stuntman for coming to his class. Courtesy photo.

A campus celebration.