State of the Classroom as State of the Field

Endorsed by the Committee on Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment (CPACE) and the OAH Committee on Teaching

Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Type: Chat

Tags: General/Survey; General/Survey; Museums; Museums; Teaching and Pedagogy; Teaching and Pedagogy


This chat seminar encourages those gathered to talk frankly about the ways the work we do in our classrooms is a site of new energy, questions, directions, and challenges for historians. We start from the premise that what happens in history classrooms is moving the field in new directions. This is a chat for those teaching in high schools, in undergraduate and graduate programs, in museums, and in history education settings far afield from a formal classroom. It is also for those in history-adjacent fields who use historical methods or frames in their work.

Session Participants

Chair: Eizabeth A. Duclos-Orsello, Salem State University
Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello is a publicly-engaged scholar/educator/activist with twenty years of experience linking the higher education, history museum, social service, K-12, service-learning and cultural sectors in both the US and Europe. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Salem State University where she teaches and writes on issues including public humanities, the history of community, community theory, urban, immigrant and African American history, and transnational identity formation. She is currently the Co-PI on an OAH/NPS funded project to record and interpret the history of African Americans in Essex County Massachusetts. She has directed multiple Teaching American History grants and is a sought-after consultant for history museums and historic sites. She has also worked as a museum educator. She is author, most recently, of Modern Bonds: Redefining Community in Early Twentieth Century St. Paul (U Mass Press, 2018) and co-editor of a forthcoming book on teaching American Studies. She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and has trained history and American cultural studies educators in Europe as well as the US. She is co-author of a recent OAH-invited essay on how to prepare to apply and interview at a teaching institution. (Please note: I will be presenting at the OAH 2020 meeting at the request of the OAH - to offer an invited workshop on preparing to apply and teach at a teaching university).

Chair: Rebecca N. Hill, Kennesaw State University
Rebecca Hill is the Director of the MA program and undergraduate minor, and Professor of American Studies at Kennesaw State University (Georgia). She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota with a Graduate minor in Feminist Studies. Her work on the history and culture of the American left has been published in The New Left Review, Labour/Le Travail, Radical Teacher, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, and the Journal of the History of American Communism. She is the author of Men, Mobs and Law: Defense Campaigns and U.S. Radical History was published by Duke University Press. (2008) and was a contributor to the collection on teaching American Studies in American Quarterly in June 2014.