Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Workshop at AHA’s Annual Meeting

The National History Center will partner with the American Historical Association’s Teaching Division and its Graduate and Early Career Committee (GECC) to present a workshop on “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” at the AHA’s 125th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in January, 2011.

The all-day workshop will convene Thursday, January 6, the first day of the annual meeting.  It will be open at no additional cost to anyone who registers for the meeting, though it is aimed at graduate students and individuals new to teaching.  Three sessions will address topics identified by the GECC as being of particular use to novice teachers:  how to create an undergraduate course and develop a syllabus, how to become an effective lecturer for larger classes, and how to balance research, teaching, and service while completing the dissertation and searching for a job or fulfilling the requirements for gaining tenure.

Confirmed presenters  include teaching and learning theorist Lendol Calder of Augustana College (Illinois); prize-winning lecturer Howard Miller of the University of Texas at Austin; and Kevin Reilly of Raritan Valley Community College, a founder of the World History Association  known for successfully integrating scholarship, teaching and service to his institution and the profession. Katherine Hijar of California State University San Marcos, Aeleah Soine of Macalester College, and Kevin Reilly will moderate. The full program is listed below.

To attend this free workshop, participants must register for the AHA’s meeting.  Please click the following link to register for the meeting: AHA’s registration site. The workshop is limited in space to 100 participants.

Teaching Workshop: Recognizing Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Thursday, January 6, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Hynes Convention Center (Boston), Room 110

8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Introduction

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. How to Create an Undergraduate Course

Moderator: Katherine Hijar, California State University at San Marcos

Panel: Lendol G. Calder, Augustana College; Kevin Kenny, Boston College; Janice L. Reiif, University of California at Los Angeles; Stefan A. Tanaka, University of California at San Diego.

11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 pm. How to Become an Effective Lecturer

Moderator: Aeleah H. Soine, Macalester College

Panel: Guy Howard Miller, University of Texas at Austin; and George Derek Musgrove, University of the District of Columbia

12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch (not provided)

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  How to balance Research, Teaching, and Service

Moderator: Kevin Reilly, Raitan Valley Community College

Panel: Bonnie Miller, University of Massachusetts at Boston; Kevin Reilly; and Peter N. Stearns, George Mason University

3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Wrap-up