Tiffany Bohm

last updated 12/4/2017

Tiffany Bohm

University Instructor at Purdue University

150 N. University St., West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
HQ Phone:
(765) 494-4600

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Assistant Professor - Lake Michigan College

Adjunct Professor - Prairie State College

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Tiffany Bohm, adjunct professor of political science, asked the students from the International Relations and American Government courses to donate shoes as part of their service learning project.
The entire campus community participated and the final count was 1,105 shoes. The shoe drive started on September 11, reflecting the National Day of Service, and ended December 11. The shoes were donated to Goodwill to be distributed across the country. "This was the first year for the shoe drive and I really had no idea how it would go, but I am quite pleased with the amount collected," said Bohm. Bohm wanted to incorporate a service project into her courses as a way for students to connect both subject areas into a hands-on experience. Bohm came upon the shoe drive idea after noticing another university doing a similar project for genocide awareness.

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Adjunct Professor Tiffany Bohm, who teaches the class, wants to demonstrate how an event like 9/11 can influence government policy.
"We need to take away that 9/11 was a defining moment. It was not just a defining moment for you and a defining moment for me, but it also was a defining moment in how policy was made," Bohm said. "Laws changed almost overnight, taking us back from 200 years of those laws evolving." Bohm's personal experience is a prime example of how the world changed Sept. 11. She was on active duty with the Air Force in September 2001. On the morning of the attacks, Bohm was at a base in South Carolina, driving to a routine dental appointment. Then came the call. That afternoon, she would be deployed to Saudi Arabia. "At first, I thought some guy, some knucklehead, flew a plane into the World Trade Center. It did not seem to be that big a thing. Bohm said. "By the time I got to the flight line, the planes that I worked on were in the air. Within four hours, I was in a plane, and I did not know where I was going." Federal government response to Sept. 11 continues in many forms, Bohm said. At home, the USA Patriot Act was adopted to set new rules for information-gathering and intelligence. Military aircraft still patrol the skies over America at all times, she said. Bohm said there are plans to put many of the donated shoes on public display at PSC, with exhibits about the attacks. Bohm said she also hopes students will learn a life lesson in the meaning of "the common good" through the project. That concept is important to understanding the workings of government, she said. "Something good, even if it's small, can come from this, and it has nothing to do with who's in power. This is our piece of the puzzle," Bohm said. The class will accept donations of used or new shoes through Dec. 11. Pickup of donations can be arranged by sending an e-mail to Bohm at

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From left to right, President Dr. Eric Radtke, Board Member Peg Donohue, Adjunct Professor of Political Science Tiffany Bohm, and Board Chair Mark Fazzini. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
Tiffany Bohm, PSC adjunct professor of political science, organized the project to teach sixth grade students about the importance of voting as part of the college's service learning initiative.

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