Tachau Teacher of the Year Award

DEADLINE: NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 2, 2019

 
A photograph of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau
Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau

The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her pathbreaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers.

The award will be presented at the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 2–5.

Eligibility

Precollegiate teachers engaged at least half time in U.S. history teaching, whether in history or social studies, are eligible.

Criteria

Successful candidates shall demonstrate exceptional ability in one or more of the following kinds of activities:

  • Initiating or participating in projects which involve students in historical research, writing, or other means of representing their knowledge of history.
  • Initiating or participating in school, district, regional, state, or national projects which enhance the professional development of history teachers.
  • Initiating or participating in projects to build bridges between precollegiate and collegiate history or social studies teachers.
  • Working with museums, historical preservation societies, or other public history associations to enhance the place of public history in precollegiate schools.
  • Developing innovative history curricula which foster a spirit of inquiry and emphasize critical skills.
  • Publishing or otherwise publicly presenting scholarship that advances history education or historical knowledge.

Nomination Procedures

Candidates may be nominated by any person familiar with the nominee’s professional accomplishments or standing.

To nominate a teacher, please fill out the nomination form here.

Nominees will then be asked to submit the items listed below (in one document, double spaced, 12-point font).

  • A cover letter written by a colleague indicating why the teacher merits the award (no more than two pages).
  • Two letters written by former or present students (no more than two pages each).
  • Curriculum vitae (no more than three pages).
  • Samples of written work. These submissions should include article reprints, reports by classroom observers, course outlines, research proposals, and/or other evidence of excellence in some or all of the areas mentioned in the “Criteria” section (no more than fifteen pages).
  • A narrative describing the goals and effects of his/her work in the classroom and elsewhere for history education (no more than three pages).
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references, including the writer of the cover letter, at least one of whom must be a colleague or supervisor (one page).

The final decision will be made by the Tachau Teacher of the Year Award Committee by February 2020. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation. The winner will receive a cash award, a one-year OAH membership, and a complimentary registration for the annual meeting. If the winner is an OAH member, the award will include a one-year renewal of membership in the awardee’s usual membership category.

Nominations must be received by midnight PST on December 2, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 award.

Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award Committee

Stephen Sullivan (Committee Chair)
Affiliation: Sacred Heart Academy

Robin Morris
Affiliation: Agnes Scott College

Kevin Yeager
Affiliation: The Bryn Mawr School

DEADLINE: NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 2, 2019

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