Teaching History to Undergraduates: A Regional Conversation
9:15-10am Check-in and Refreshments
Lobby area of the Genovese Hall, 4th Floor
Morning Address: "Why Tuning?"
Welcome remarks provided by Timothy Houlihan, Provost of St. Francis College
Introductions provided by Elaine Carey, Vice President of the AHA Teaching Division
Morning Address by Jim Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association
Participants can elect to join any of the following four discussions. All discussions will be introduced and moderated by a facilitator but are designed to be active discussions in which all participants exchange new ideas and successful practices.
Advocating for History: the Role of the Department Chair in Assessment
Facilitator: Elaine Carey
Hands-on History: Teaching Skills in the Archives
Facilitators: Eric Platt, Sara Haviland, and Brooklyn Historical Society staff
Developing and Assessing Writing Assignments in Undergraduate History Courses
Facilitator: Emily Tai
Recruiting, Retaining, and Transferring History Majors from Two to Four Year Institutions
Facilitators: Sarah Shurts and Julia Brookins
All participants have been assigned a regional group designated by a color on their nametag. The purpose of this second session is to begin what will hopefully become an ongoing conversation about transfer of history students between two and four year colleges. While these discussions might eventually result in articulation agreements, the initial conversations can begin with discussion of the expectations we have for students at each level: entering freshmen, junior level transfers, and graduating seniors. What should be the expectations for historical thinking skills, research skills, and coverage of content at each level? What problems have you and your students encountered with transfer and articulation? What skills do transfer students seem to be lacking and how can this transfer gap be closed? Should two year colleges offer courses beyond the traditional introductory surveys? How can we promote seamless and successful transfer from high school or community college to four year college?
Facilitator Elaine Carey
Facilitator Eric Platt
Facilitator Sarah Shurts
Facilitator Emily Tai
Facilitator Sara Haviland
Luncheon and Afternoon Address
Introduction provided by Julia Brookins, Special Projects Coordinator for AHA
Afternoon Address by Dan McInerney, Tuning USA Advisory Board, Lumina Foundation for Education Advisor, AHA Tuning Project
"A Beginner's Guide to Tuning: Starting the Discussion with Your Colleagues"
Continuing the Tuning Project and Other Initiatives of the AHA
Facilitator: Julia Brookins
Closing discussion: What Needs to Be Done?
How can we be better advocates for historical study? What is the role of history in general education? How can we promote historical thinking at all levels to close the transfer gap?