Confronting the Pandemic Crisis & Renewing History Pedagogy Along the Way

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Teaching

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Oral History; Public History and Memory; Teaching and Pedagogy


This panel will highlight experiences and assignments designed for students in South Texas, Appalachia, the Mid-Atlantic United States, but will also include space to workshop public history assignments to be adaptable for in-person and online settings. Panelists will share how they transformed learning objectives, assignments, and assessments to accommodate the new reality without sacrificing academic rigor or pedagogical goals. Reaching into their respective toolkits of public history, oral history, service learning, panelists have helped students simultaneously learn the history of the underrepresented while also transforming into lifelong learners with unexpected career competencies.

Session Participants

Chair: Claudia Rueda, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Claudia Rueda is an associate professor of Latin American History at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Her research focuses on the role of students in fomenting rebellion and revolution during the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua. Her book Students of Revolution: Youth, Protest and Coalition-Building in Somoza-Era Nicaragua was published by the University of Texas Press in 2019.

Panelist: Rebecca J. Bailey, Northern Kentucky University
Dr. Rebecca Bailey, associate professor of History at Northern Kentucky University and founder of the NKU Masters in Public History program. She teaches online courses in: U.S. History: Immigration, Popular Culture, Appalachian, and Oral History. Author of Matewan Before the Massacre, she was a contributing and featured scholar in the American Experience documentary, "The Mine Wars." The assignment module she will present is the center of a scholarship of teaching and learning project developed with students.

Panelist: Beth Robinson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Beth Robinson is an assistant professor of History and Co-Coordinator of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Her research focuses on women’s labor activism and cross-class solidarity in American anti-sweatshop movements of the twentieth century. She is currently revising her manuscript, Seasons of Resistance: American Anti-Sweatshop Movements of the Long 20th Century, for publication.

Panelist: Anna Lee Rupprecht, Exec Director, Boal Mansion Museum & Columbus Chapel + Instructor of History at PSU York & Marywood
Anna Rupprecht, Teaching Consultant and Curriculum Developer for Penn State University’s Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Initiative, also adjunct instructor of History at Marywood University. Her research focuses on early twentieth century Progressivism and public health movements and the social impact on women and children. The courses addressed in her panel discussion include HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World and HIST 253 Modern US Survey. She will present on pedagogical solutions to engage virtual learners, inclusion of material culture in online learning, and institutional and interdepartmental engagement amidst pandemic challenges.