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Kevin Gannon

Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University

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About Me

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…

Current work

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)

Contact me regarding...

  • Becoming a Mentor
  • Answering Professional Questions


  • University of South Carolina

    • 2002 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), History
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    • 1996 Master of Arts (M.A.), History
  • James Madison University

    • 1994 Bachelor's Degree, History


  • 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

    2010 Grand View University

  • Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award

    2015 Grand View University