The Role of SoTL in the Preparation of Future History Instructors

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Preparing Future Faculty Resources and Programs

In the long run the most efficient way to increase learning in history courses is to make training in the scholarship of of teaching and learning an integral part of the preparation of all future instructors. Every historian beginning a career in college teaching should should already have a background on what is known about effective practices and theories of student learning, just as he or she has a grounding in a particular field of historical research.

A number of history departments are already making the training Ph.D. students training in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Here are examples of syllabi from some of these courses.

Initiatives in the Preparation of Future College History Instructors

American Historical Association resources for Preparing Future Historians – The AHA’s broad-based teaching mission includes making resources available to educators at all levels and at public history venues, introducing and integrating historians into the discipline, providing ongoing education for historians at every stage of their careers—through topical and professional sessions at the annual meeting, and by way of both innovative web resources and distinguished print publications.

Mentoring Toolkit, Southern Association for Women Historians – The SAWH is committed to mentorship and professional support and is pleased to offer this Mentoring Toolkit for its members and friends. We have selected a range of topics of interest to graduate students, young professionals, and even veteran historians. For topics that are particularly rich or complex, such as minority faculty experiences and job searching, we have included multiple entries to reflect different perspectives.

Preparing Future Faculty initiative , Council of Graduate Schools – The PPF is a national movement to transform the way aspiring faculty members are prepared for their careers. PFF programs provide doctoral students, as well as some master’s and postdoctoral students, with opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities at a variety of academic institutions with varying missions, diverse student bodies, and different expectations for faculty.

History Departments Offering Training

Arizona State University
Boston College
Florida State University
Howard University
Indiana University
Kalamazoo College
Oberlin College
Ohio State University
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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