ERIC Number: EJ856336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Reference Count: 0
Teacher History: Student Historians, Faculty Biographies, and the "Alma Mater"
Stofferahn, Steven A.
History Teacher, v42 n3 p351-364 May 2009
When his department chair asked him a few years ago to take over as faculty advisor to their university's chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, the author readily accepted. Not only would it provide a great opportunity to get to know some of their best students better, it would also help a junior faculty member like himself fulfill part of his service responsibilities. While he was certainly eager to do his best, the author must admit that at least part of his willingness may have stemmed from the assumption that advising an honorary society need not impose serious restrictions on one's schedule. Two years later, the author is much the wiser, knowing now how much time and energy such a position can demand. But for all that, the decision to take up those duties has proven to be one of the wisest moves the author has made, largely (and ironically) because of the most time-consuming part of the job--organizing and editing the chapter's Faculty Biography Project. This article provides a brief account of the development of this particular activity, an assessment of its potential benefits to students, teachers, and institutions alike, accompanied by a few exemplars, in the hope that the idea may prove useful to other teachers seeking to put their own students or advisees in touch with history in new and unexpected ways.
Descriptors: Biographies, Honor Societies, Historians, Faculty Advisers, College Faculty, Department Heads, History Instruction, Editing
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site: http://www.thehistoryteacher.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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