William and Edwyna Gilbert Award Recipients
Originally the “William Gilbert Award,” named in memory of William Gilbert, a longtime AHA member and distinguished scholar-teacher of the Renaissance at the University of Kansas, this prize was renamed the William and Edwyna Gilbert Award in 2012 after Edwyna Gilbert passed away and left an additional $110,000 to supplement the original $10,000 bequest for the award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal and serial articles.
2015 Gilbert Award
Peter Burkholder, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.
“A Content Means to a Critical Thinking End: Group Quizzing in History Surveys,” The History Teacher 47, no. 4 (August 2014): 551–78
Teaching a survey course is both the gateway to historical study for many, and the last exposure to history for many others, and its importance is often undervalued. Rather than treating the coverage of general content and the promotion of cognitive approaches in a survey class as mutually exclusive goals, Burkholder’s course design methods make them mutually reinforcing, and the survey course especially enriching. His methods deserve recognition for their merit and contribution.