United States History; Sport History; Local and Regional History
PhD - Purdue University (2008) MA - Kent State University (2003) BA - Ohio Wesleyan University (2001)
YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING:
My teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of applicability. Through lecture-based storytelling, small-group interaction, and online journaling and discussion forums, I emphasize and reinforce the notion that history matters. To that end, I promote the importance of a liberal arts education by having my students problem-solve, think critically, and analyze both primary and secondary source material.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH?
I enjoy engaging with students, and hope to impart my love of history and the value of a liberal arts education on future generations of students at Southeast!
I earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Ohio Wesleyan University in 2001, and decided on a radical career change -- going to graduate school in history. After earning my PhD from Purdue University in 2008, I worked at the Hancock Historical Museum as, at various times, the archivist, curator, and museum director. At Southeast, I also run the Center for Regional History, where I am able to combine my love of local and regional history with community engagement and involvement.
In 2012, I published my first book, titled Parading Patriotism, exploring nineteenth-century Fourth of July celebrations.
I have twice been nominated for the College of Liberal Arts' research award. My first book received several book prizes.
ORGANIZATION WITH WHICH YOU ARE INVOLVED
North American Society for Sport History
MOST RECENT/NOTABLE PUBLISHED WORK
Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the Birth of the Modern NBA
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
Study what you love. I earned a chemistry degree because other people told me I should be a medical doctor. I hate chemistry. After I graduated with my BA, I embraced my love of history and now have a job where I do what I love -- teaching history.