2021 Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses

The 2021 Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses will meet online from October 19-23. We will hold two plenary webinars and six facilitated discussions by course topic. We will update this page as more information becomes available. Please direct any questions to Julia Brookins at jbrookins@historians.org.


Teaching Black History to White People with Leonard N. Moore (University of Texas at Austin)

Tuesday, October 19 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT. Register now.

A Return to Humanity in Teaching with Stephanie M. Foote, Daniel J. McInerney, Tomiko M. Meeks, and Amy Powers

Chair: Stephanie M. Foote (John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education)

Panelists: Daniel J. McInerney (Utah State University), Tomiko M. Meeks (Texas Southern University), and Amy Powers (Waubonsee Community College)

Wednesday, October 20 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CT. Register now.

Course Discussions:

These 75-minute conversations are an opportunity to share strategies and resources for teaching each of the six main history topics in the state's Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) for lower-division history classes. These online conversations will be facilitated by an experienced instructor.

Friday 10/22

10:00-11:15 AM CT - Mexican American History moderated by Trinidad Gonzales (South Texas College).

Saturday 10/23

1:00-2:15 PM CT - Texas History moderated by Walter Buenger (University of Texas at Austin).

Coming Soon

African American History

United States History

Western Civilizations

World History

Featured Speakers:

Leonard MooreLeonard N. Moore is currently the George Littlefield Professor of American History and the former vice-president of diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, who earned his BA from Jackson State University in 1993 and his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1998. From 1998-2007 he served as a professor and administrator at Louisiana State University and he has been at the University of Texas at Austin since 2007. Inside the classroom Dr. Moore teaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students in the fall semester in his two classes: History of The Black Power Movement and Race in the Age of Trump. Dr. Moore also directs summer programs in Beijing, China, and Cape Town, South Africa, and in Dubai. He has taken more than 400 Black and Brown students abroad within the last seven years. As a scholar Professor Moore is the author of three books on black politics and his fourth book, Teaching Black History to White People, will be published in the fall of 2021. He also serves as board chair of the Austin Area Urban League.

Stephanie M. FooteStephanie M. Foote, Ph.D. is the Senior Associate Vice President for Teaching, Learning, and Evidence-Based Practices at the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and Lecturer at Stony Brook University. In this role, Stephanie provides administrative leadership and coordination for the Gateways to Completion (G2C) process, Curricular Analytics Community and process, the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA), and collaborates with the AHA staff on the History Gateways project. Prior to joining the Gardner Institute staff, Stephanie was the founding director of the Master of Science in First-Year Studies, professor of education, and faculty fellow for High-Impact Practices at Kennesaw State University. Stephanie's research and consultative work span a variety of topics, including the role of first-year seminars and experiential pedagogy on student engagement in the early college experience, transfer students, self-authorship development, engagement and learning in online environments, faculty development, metacognitive teaching and learning approaches, high-impact educational practices, and anti-racist and inclusive teaching practices.

Daniel J. McInerneyDaniel McInerney is professor emeritus in the Department of History at Utah State University. His teaching has covered a range of courses from the introductory survey to the Civil War to capstone and graduate classes. Dan did his undergraduate work at Manhattan College in New York City and completed his PhD at Purdue University in the American Studies program. His research centers on nineteenth-century U.S. history, focusing on social reform. Dan is the author of two books: The Fortunate Heirs of Freedom: Abolition and Republican Thought (1994) and The Travellers' History of the United States (2000). Translations of the latter work appeared in 2009 in both Russian (Midgard Press) and Chinese (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press). He is now returning to work on a study of 19th-century techniques for memory improvement.

Since 2009, Dan has focused on projects related to teaching and learning, working with the global "Tuning" initiative in the state of Utah, with the American Historical Association, as a member of the Tuning USA Advisory Board, and with the E.U.-U.S. Tuning Board. He has spoken to audiences involved in Tuning across the U.S. as well as in Belgium, Spain, Brazil, and Japan. In 2014, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment named him one of 15 "coaches" on the national Degree Qualifications Profile/Tuning project, providing one-day workshops on approaches to the assessment of student learning. In 2018, he was a research fellow at the Deusto International Tuning Academy University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain. Dan now serves as an adviser on the AHA's History Gateways project. He also holds a position on the advisory board of the Tuning Journal for Higher Education. Dan's articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, American Historical Association's Perspectives on History, the National Institute for Educational Policy Research Bulletin (Japan), Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (U.K.), The History Teacher, and World History Connected.

Tomiko M. MeeksProfessor Tomiko Meeks is a professional historian, freelance editor, cultural consultant, and educator. She received her BA in Psychology and MA in History from the University of Houston. Professor Meeks has taught courses in African American History, United States History, Humanities, World History, the African Diaspora, and Africa and the Oil Industry at the University of Houston, Lone Star College, Houston Community College, Lee College, and Texas Southern University.

Her passions are history and social justice. She has worked on several projects, including a collaboration with the University of Houston and the Menil Collection on The Effects of Atlantic Slave Trade in the Visual Culture of Africa. She served as co-chair of the Digital Humanities Symposium at Houston Community College. She participates annually in the HBCU Oral History Project on Race and Reconciliation. Professor Meeks is also a member of the Howard University Social Justice Consortium.

Professor Meeks is a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., where she served as Chapter Historian, and newly elected Corresponding Secretary for the Bay Area Houston Alumnae (BAHA) Chapter. She also serves on the Boards for Central Texas Historical Association (CTHA), The HistoryMakers, Texas Oral History Association (TOHA), and Preserve Black Texas, an organization committed to protecting African American History and Culture in Texas. Her current research interests include Houston's Historic Fourth Ward and African American Cemeteries, where she examines the intersectionality of social injustice, identity and racial hegemony. Professor Meeks is also an investigator on the National Emancipation Historic Trail Study in conjunction with the National Parks Service and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Amy PowersAmy Godfrey Powers is Professor of History at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois.  She is also serving a two-year term as a Faculty Development Coordinator in the Office of Faculty Development and Engagement. Her teaching experience includes American History, Western Civilization, World History and History of the Middle East.  Amy is currently participating in "History Gateways," a four-year initiative created by the American Historical Association in partnership with the John N. Gardner Institute and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  She has received a number of awards including the Illinois Community College Faculty Association's 2013 "Instructor of the Year" award, the Northern Illinois University History Department's 2014 "Alumna of the Year" award, and Waubonsee Community College's "Outstanding Faculty of the Year" award for 2017.