3rd Annual Texas Conference on Introductory Courses

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Note: Despite the flooding in Houston, we currently intend to hold the conference as planned. Watch this page for updates as we learn more in the coming days.

The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the 2017 Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses.

This two-day, statewide conference is for anyone who teaches college-level introductory history courses whether in high schools, community colleges, or four-year universities, and others with an interest in the courses. Together, we will explore disciplinary goals and approaches to teaching and learning history at the college introductory level; share experiences in each of the course topics; discuss the state policy context that sustains them as a graduation requirement for every student at a public college or university in Texas; and consider the challenges and opportunities for high-quality students learning in the state's expanding dual-enrollment programs. There will also be an opportunity for participants to workshop their own classroom materials in an assignment "charrette."

The AHA extends its thanks to the Department of History and the Division of Liberal Arts and Humanities at Houston Community College, particularly department Chair Gisela Ables and Dean Theodore Hanley, for hosting the conference, and co-organizer Kent McGaughy.

Date and Time

Friday, September 15
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday, September 16
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM


Learning Hub
Houston Community College
Southeast Campus
6815 Rustic St.
Houston, TX 77087

Featured Speakers

Steven Mintz

Steven Mintz is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as former director of the University of Texas Institute for Transformational Learning. Mintz is is a pioneer in the application of new technologies to history teaching and research. A recipient of the Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Prize, he is the author and editor of 14 books, including, most recently, The Prime of Life: A History of Modern Adulthood. He previously served as the founding director of the UT System's Institute for Transformational Learning and has taught at Columbia University, Harvard University Extension School, Pepperdine University, Universitat-GH-Siegen in Germany, and the University of Houston. A former fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, he is past president of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online and the Society for the History of Children and Youth and has chaired the Council on Contemporary Families.

Andrew Koch

Andrew "Drew" Koch is the Chief Operating Officer of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. During his career, Dr. Koch has garnered substantial experience in the areas of undergraduate education, strategic planning, reaffirmation of accreditation, enrollment management and academic affairs / student affairs collaboration. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator on the Gardner Institute's projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Lumina Foundation. Over his career, he also lead undergraduate education improvement projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Lilly Endowment, the National Science Foundation as well as various corporate partners. Koch's scholarly and professional interests are focused on the ways in which colleges and universities both reflect and shape democracy and culture in the United States. Through this work, he serves as a passionate advocate for historically underrepresented and underserved students - seeing higher education as a vehicle for advancing equity and inclusion imperatives.

Nancy Quam-Wickham

Nancy Quam-Wickham is Professor of History (and Chair Emerita, 2005-2015) at California State University, Long Beach. A past editor of The History Teacher journal, her research interests include history pedagogy, assessment, teaching with technologies, as well as the environmental history of the energy industries of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her current project, The Global Ship, is a digital humanities project that documents the impact of the whaler Charles W. Morgan on the world. She currently works as a Senior Assessment Specialist at Washington State University.

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