I view my professorial role as training students to think historically in three ways:

1.) by connecting local histories to broader concepts;

2.) by understanding the contemporary importance of the past; and

3.) by leveraging history’s emphasis on change over time to reflect critically the approaches of other disciplines.

I build active learning and independent research into my courses, bringing students to practice history themselves and taking care to point out the portable skills that students acquire from various assignments.

As appropriate for the level, I guide students to select their topics of research, offering them direction about how to find the historical evidence to support their case, how to construct an evidence-based argument, and how to communicate their findings in oral, written and digital formats of varying lengths.

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