Teaching History in the STEM Era

Solicited by the OAH Committee on Community Colleges. Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Academic Freedom and the OAH Committee on Teaching

Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: Teaching and Pedagogy


Pre-registration Required | Limited to 40
Cost: $10

This workshop will explore the role of the humanities at a time when higher education and culture as a whole emphasizes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career pathways and skills. Participants will discuss their work as history educators and practitioners at institutions that stress STEM-based curriculum. This conversation will also examine the impact of STEM education on issues of inequality. The workshop welcomes a lively discussion from panelists and audience members alike as they consider the following questions: 1. How do humanities faculty advocate for funding, resources, and an equal voice at institutions focused on STEM fields? 2. What opportunities does STEM offer the humanities in terms of pedagogy and research? 3. How do humanities faculty communicate the value of a liberal arts education? 4. How do humanities faculty recruit and retain students? 5. Should humanities faculty focus on collaborative efforts or highlight the merits of the humanities on their own terms? 6. Does a focus on STEM education further the digital divide? 7. How does discounting a humanities education exacerbate inequality in American society, affect voter turnout, and alter civic participation?

Session Participants

Chair: Timothy Joseph McMannon, Highline College

Chair: Aaron Wilhelm Miller, Ivy Tech Community College

Presenter: James W. Fraser, New York University