I currently serve as Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. I'm also a Professor of History, and previously served as Chair of our History Department and Co-Director of our New Student Seminar program. My current position allows me to work with faculty and staff to support teaching and learning, and I also teach two courses a semester. I see my role as a fierce advocate for supporting faculty, staff, and students by encouraging innovative and committed pedagogy. I care deeply about teaching and learning, student success, and preserving the collegiality, academic freedom, and humanistic spirit that is higher education at its best. I drink a lot of coffee.
My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…
I'm engaged in a number of projects: a book-length "teaching manifesto" for WVU Press, a textbook for the US Civil War and Reconstruction Eras with Routledge; and online document archive and learning platform for US History with Pearson Education; and a number of projects in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I'm a regular contributor to Vitae, as well as the Teaching US History blog (teachingushistory.co)
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University of South Carolina
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto
In-progress manuscript for WVU Press to be a volume in their Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series.
Uncovering the American Past
Digital Primary and Secondary Source Platform for the US History survey course. In progress (contract issued) with Pearson Education.
A Continental History of the American Civil War Era
Book in progress (contract issued) with Routledge.
Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award
Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award