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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Michael Turner
    even challenge the instructor Turner an Oxford educated historian who s written 11 books joined Appalachian s Department of History in 2008 as the Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of British History He completed postgraduate work at the University of Rochester and taught at several universities in his native Great Britain Recently Turner helped stimulate the curiosity of Appalachian students when they prepared special presentations on topics that aren t taught in history but perhaps should be When the students asked faculty for ideas Turner suggested that they read a book that explored the American Revolution from the British point of view This was a subject that many students hadn t thought about having seen the American Revolution through the eyes of American patriots They found it amazingly interesting Turner said Turner s scholarship epitomizes the kind of curiosity he likes to see in his students His most recent book Liberty and Liberticide The Role of America in Nineteenth Century British Radicalism Rowman Littlefield 2013 focuses on the influence America exerted over the ideas and activities of nineteenth century British radicals Turner says on his website While some looked on America as the model of liberty others associated it with the destruction of liberty Meet more faculty Dr Michael Turner taught at several universities in his native Great Britain before joining Appalachian in 2008 Apply Visit Info Program History BA With the History BA degree students develop valuable analytical skills for many careers and their experience in evaluating ideas and information examining and interpreting evidence and developing a world view helps them become expert decision makers This degree is ideal for students interested in applying to law school Department Department of History By exposing students to a variety of cultures and human experience and by training them in the interpretation of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/michael-turner (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Hannah (Benge) Parks ’14
    of all trades doing much more than her title would imply She not only keeps track of donations and memberships making sure donors are thanked she also manages volunteers involved in Gregory Creek Homestead a living history site and she helps out with science and art programs for kids She is researching and developing an Egyptian mummy exhibit set to open in 2016 Appalachian taught me to think about other cultures and ways of thought besides my own she said This has proved invaluable in choosing exhibits analyzing collection pieces and interpreting history in such a way that it applies to every visitor despite their age or background Parks said she absolutely loved studying history at Appalachian the backdrop of which reflects such a rich local history that you can t help but be pulled in A course at Appalachian never felt like a class to me she said It was always an opportunity to learn something new As for the faculty they were all extremely willing to help in whatever way they could and they were always great to listen to when they lectured she said They inspired great discussions and I learned so much from them They inspired great discussions and I learned so much from them Hannah Parks on the faculty in Appalachian s Department of History Apply Visit Info Program History BS Applied and Public History Appalachian State University s History BS Applied and Public History degree helps make history more accessible to the public It is ideal for students who want to work with archives museums national parks and landmarks Department Department of History By exposing students to a variety of cultures and human experience and by training them in the interpretation of conflicting evidence the Department of History prepares students for the responsibilities of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/hannah-parks (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Andrea Burns
    its connections to social justice and civil rights issues She wrote From Storefront to Monument Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement University of Massachusetts Press 2013 which won the National Council on Public History Book Award in 2015 The book informed how I taught students about what museums do and the power they have with regard to interpreting Burns said It also showed how audiences react to museums that don t tell their stories Burns alma mater is Michigan State University where her classes had as many as 200 people particularly in her freshman and sophomore years At Appalachian by contrast a public history class usually has no more than 25 students By the middle of a semester I know everyone and what their needs are she said That s going to help if they need assistance securing an internship or advice about their careers Burns spoke of many Appalachian alumni who work at museums across North Carolina We try to keep those networks going to help students land internships many of which lead to jobs Interns learn practical skills and they document what they ve done for prospective employers in papers and blogs Meet more faculty Dr Andrea Burns is the author of From Storefront to Monument Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement which won the National Council on Public History Book Award in 2015 Apply Visit Info Program History BS Applied and Public History Appalachian State University s History BS Applied and Public History degree helps make history more accessible to the public It is ideal for students who want to work with archives museums national parks and landmarks Department Department of History By exposing students to a variety of cultures and human experience and by training them in the interpretation of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/andrea-burns (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Amy Hudnall
    life has included plenty of study I grew up in a family where learning was a constant Hudnall said You just didn t stop learning I ve always had an insatiable curiosity The study of genocide appeals to her because I ve always wondered why people were mean to each other why we do horrible things to each other Her goal is to see how we might change society so that we re doing more good and less harm Hudnall said she s also interested in studying how a victim or perpetrator can move beyond genocide as well as the effects that genocide has on its perpetrators If we can understand how genocide might change a perpetrator or if it does then we have a better chance of understanding how to respond to them and their children in a way that s constructive she said Hudnall has done fact finding and other work on the ground with several different groups including Rwandans Bosnians and Palestinians and she brings those experiences into the classroom I see myself as an activist she said I take that activism into the classroom to show students that activism is a way to learn Meet more faculty As a scholar of genocide Hudnall has worked with Rwandans Bosnians and Palestinians and brings those experiences into the classroom Apply Visit Info Program History BS Multidisciplinary With the History BS Multidisciplinary degree students develop valuable analytical skills for many careers and their experience in evaluating ideas and information examining and interpreting evidence and developing a world view helps them become expert decision makers This degree is ideal for students with diverse interests or who wish to tailor a history degree to their specific career aspirations such as public service Department Department of History By exposing students to a

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/amy-hudnall (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Kevin Tierney
    question until he met with his advisor to discuss his future His advisor Dr Scott Jessee gave me an incredible amount of confidence and an ability to really look forward to my graduate life Tierney said I d love to apply my degree to a job in the conservation of historical areas ideally pursue my degree further into grad school and one day teach he said However in the meantime I ve given consideration to other jobs namely going to law school rdqKevin uo When you study history at Appalachian you re assigned an advisor and Tierney calls that one of the most useful services provided by the Department of History He urged students of history at Appalachian to take advantage of the advisors wealth of knowledge He added The faculty are all so happy to teach what they do and being so knowledgeable they will help students with any questions they may have Tierney mentioned several other advantages of studying history at Appalachian including a trove of historical primary sources of the United Kingdom He called his professors highly educated and he finds his classes and homework intellectually stimulating I encourage any prospective student to take a few history classes on topics that fascinate you he said Apply Visit Info Program History BS Multidisciplinary With the History BS Multidisciplinary degree students develop valuable analytical skills for many careers and their experience in evaluating ideas and information examining and interpreting evidence and developing a world view helps them become expert decision makers This degree is ideal for students with diverse interests or who wish to tailor a history degree to their specific career aspirations such as public service Department Department of History By exposing students to a variety of cultures and human experience and by training them in the interpretation

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/kevin-tierney (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Carmen Scism ’11
    Mountain N C I m going to stay in the education field as long as God allows me to That scholarship program was definitely more than worth it It was a wonderful experience Scism was one of the state s last Teaching Fellows In 2011 the N C General Assembly voted to begin phasing out the program The scholarship meant much more than the money 26 000 to Scism She praised her campus based scholarship director Jan Stanley who advised her and other fellows and arranged for additional instruction to prepare them for the classroom Despite the General Assembly s decision to phase out the Teaching Fellows program Appalachian has continued the program s tradition in the form of Appalachian Community of Education Scholars Stanley is its director In a sense the scholarship made Scism more marketable Though her major was history she s most interested in America s Colonial period she also took courses in economics and political science subjects that enhanced her understanding of history and fell under the umbrella of social studies courses she would teach at Kings Mountain Scism plugs Appalachian professors who were extremely knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile when it came to helping students with their work One of them was Myra Pennell a former history instructor in high school who gave Scism pointers on teaching history as well Carmen Scism graduated from Appalachian in 2011 and teaches at Kings Mountain High School Apply Visit Info Program History Social Studies Education BS The History Social Studies Education BS degree prepares students to become licensed to teach history and social studies in grades 9 12 Department Department of History By exposing students to a variety of cultures and human experience and by training them in the interpretation of conflicting evidence the

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/carmen-scism (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Myra Pennell
    There s nothing more important on this planet than educating teachers well she said I want my students to feel it is in their power to become the kind of teacher that made them want to become a teacher Power is the operative word Pennell said that teaching can be very scary for novices They re not only trying to achieve alpha status among teenagers who can run them over they re also mastering the nuts and bolts of a profession she likened to trying to learn to fly a helicopter and bake a cake at the same time Specific things can be done for beginning teachers to achieve power in the classroom and Pennell s research is full of them One is to disabuse beginning teachers of the notion that excellent teaching is a natural gift Another which is particularly effective with underachieving students entails coming up with an assignment at which students can be successful Often beginning teachers are so wrapped up in mastering content that they don t stop to consider the kind of work a student needs to be doing Success is a drug Pennell said If you can set up an assignment so that they can be successful at it then they will begin to change their minds about what they believe they can do Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Program History Social Studies Education BS The History Social Studies Education BS degree prepares students to become licensed to teach history and social studies in grades 9 12 Department Department of History By exposing students to a variety of cultures and human experience and by training them in the interpretation of conflicting evidence the Department of History prepares students for the responsibilities of citizenship and for dealing with the ambiguities of human existence College

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/myra-pennell (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Rwany Sibaja
    than seeing the process of self discovery take place as students begin to generate their own philosophy of teaching Why does North Carolina and beyond need quality teachers for History Social Studies Although many people including my students would like to blame high stakes testing for the tendency of social studies teachers in NC to teach to the test and try to cover too much content in a given semester the reality is that history educators have relied far too long on delivering long lectures This approach may be dynamic in the hands of gifted and knowledgeable presenters but it also creates a teacher centered environment where students are largely passive recipients in the classroom It s a miracle that so many of our program majors love history despite their own experiences with long lectures worksheets and videos North Carolina students deserve social studies educators whose mission is to empower them to develop historical thinking skills and use these skills to become active citizens Teachers should constantly ask students to analyze primary and secondary sources and learn of different ways to present their findings especially with the enormous amount of digital tools at their disposal Our job at Appalachian is to encourage future social studies teachers to nurture this type of dynamic student centered digital and global learning environment What is your research specialty and how does it fit into and or strengthen your teaching My research specialty centers on mass culture in modern Latin American history Although my current area of focus is soccer in Argentina popular forms of art and entertainment present a different dynamic when studying the past In my case soccer becomes an accessible way to discuss political matters human rights issues and gender dynamics in Argentine history Thankfully social studies curricula in the United States has increasingly incorporated cultural history alongside economic and political history although more can be done in this regard When possible I discuss the ways in which social studies teachers can embed popular culture in the existing state curriculum As a digital historian I also focus on the ways in which new media and digital tools are re shaping the teaching learning and production of history Why should a student interested in this degree choose Appalachian Appalachian runs one of the two largest history and social studies education programs in North Carolina Our BS in History Social Studies Education program is also the second largest education program on campus behind K 5 elementary Graduates from our program have a strong reputation for quality teaching in North Carolina across the country and even overseas While all of these facts make Appalachian an attractive destination it is the strength of our entire History department that makes us unique Students in our major can work with scholars in history education public history and digital humanities Their areas of specialization cover a wide range including Africa Asia Latin America Europe and the US including experts on Appalachian history By using the skills and expertise of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/rwany-sibaja (2016-02-17)
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