Over the years, I have gained experience in giving lessons to students who are not necessarily history majors, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and who may not necessarily be interested in history. From this experience, I have learned the importance of meeting my students where they are, and pitching the material to their level, rather than assuming they know certain things. I also try to encourage them to think of what their questions are--what piques their curiosity, interests them, even bothers them, and make that a starting point for instruction. One technique I have found helpful when teaching history is to present the following idea: "On the one hand, we've been here before; on the other hand, it really was a different world." and invite them to consider which applies when dealing with each topic or issue.
I have previously taught at the Fort Bragg branch of Campbell University, and my courses include a 400-level readings course in Nineteenth Century United States history, both halves of Western Civilization, and the second half of the United States history survey, the last taught as a blended course. Other prior teaching experience includes five years at Fayetteville State University, where I have taught day and evening surveys in United States and World history. I have also taught an online General Studies senior Capstone Course with Ashford University, and worked as an Academic Coach through Instructional Connections, assisting courses for multiple universities. More recently, I have served as a grader for the University of Texas at Austin high school-to-college OnRamps program. From my previous experience, I have deep familiarity with the needs of students from nontraditional, military, and disadvantaged backgrounds. I also have significant experience in online instruction and am familiar with both the BlackBoard and Canvas platforms.
Ph.D., History, 2007.University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Ph.D. dissertation: “Jewish Labor’s Second City: The Formation of a Jewish Working Class in Chicago, 1886–1928.” (Supervisor: Shelton Stromquist)
M.A., 1995, History, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. M.A. thesis. “’And the Youth Shall See Visions’: The Jewish Experience in Champaign-Urbana and the Founding of Hillel.”
M.L.S., 1992, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
B.A., 1991, American Studies, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.
The Albert Shanker Fellowship for Research in Education, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 2019.
Conference Support Grant, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2017
Student Research Award, Chicago Jewish Historical Society, 2007.
Summer Fellowship, College of Graduate Studies, University of Iowa, 2006.
Rose and Isadore Drench Memorial Fellowship, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 2003–2004.
Ruth B. Fein Prize, American Jewish Historical Society, 2003.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Research Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2002.
Honorable Mention, Mayer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish Studies, 2001.
King V. Hostick Award, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2001.
Rabbi Levi A. Olan Memorial Fellowship, American Jewish Archives, 2000–2001.
Elizabeth Bennett Ink Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa Department of History, 2000.
Grader, University of Texas Onramps. Graded student exams and online projects in history for high school to college program. 2018-19.
Online Associate Faculty, Ashford University. Taught the General Education 499 Capstone Course 2017-2018.
Academic Coach, Instructional Connections, Inc. Served as course assistant for online courses with Florida International University and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 2016-2018.
Instructor, Campbell University, Fort Bragg. Taught traditional and blended courses in United States history and Western Civilization. 2011-2014.
Lecturer/Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Government and History, Fayetteville State University. Taught United States and world history survey courses. 2008-2009.
Part-Time Instructor, Department of Government and History, Fayetteville State University. Taught day and evening world history and United States history survey courses. 2004–2008.
Grader, Department of History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Examined and corrected final term papers for upper-level undergraduate course. Spring 2000.
Graduate Instructor, Department of History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Developed and taught undergraduate course: Issues in Human History: Twentieth Century Crisis. 1997–98, 1999–2000.
Conservation Consultant, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Iowa. Performed basic conservation measures on and created register of archival and book materials. Summer 1997.
Graduate Instructor, Department of History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Led discussion sections for survey course: European Experience I. 1996–97.
BOOK REVIEWS AND MAJOR PUBLICATIONS
“Industry or Holy Vocation: When Shehitah and Kashrut Entered the Public Sphere in the United States During the Age of Reform.” Religions 9, no.10: 1-15.
“The Difference a Union Makes: Graduate Employee Activists' Engaged Scholarship and Working Lives,” in Civic Labors: Scholars, Teachers, Activists, and Working-Class History, ed. Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. McKerley. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 2016.
“Race, Immigration, and Contested Americanness: Black Nativism and the American Labor Movement, 1880-1930,” Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts” (Special Issue, “Reworking Race and Labor”), Volume 4. Number 2 (Winter 2011): 269-83.
“Uneasy Alliances: Hull House, the Garment Workers’ Strikes, and the Jews of Chicago,” Indiana Magazine of History. Volume 106, No. 1 (March 2010): 40-70.
“Loved Labor’s Losses: The Congress of Industrial Organizations and the Effects of McCarthyism,” History Compass. Vol. 4, No. 5 (September 2009): 1400-1415.
“More than Academic: Labor Consciousness and the Rise of U.E. Local 896–COGS,” Cogs in the Classroom Factory: The Shifting Identity of Academic Labor, ed. Deborah M. Herman and Julie M. Schmid. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2003.
““Eleanor Roosevelt: An Unlikely Path to Political Activism,” The Presidential Companion: Readings on the First Ladies. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press. 2002.
Book Review, Hadassa Kosak, Cultures of Opposition: Jewish Immigrant Workers, New York City, 1881–1905. Albany: SUNY Press, 2000. American Jewish History, Vol. 88, No. 3 (September 2000): 425–26.
Katherine A.S. Sibley. First Lady Florence Harding: Behind the Tragedy and Controversy. Lawrence, KS.: University Press of Kansas, 2009. Journal of American History. Vol. 96, No. 3 (December 2009): 887.
Book Review, Meri-Jane Rochelson. A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008. Journal of American Ethnic History. Accepted for Publication. Forthcoming 2011.
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES
“Love of Labor Lost? Religion, Human Rights, and the Argentine ‘Dirty War,” Scales of Struggle: Communities, Movements, and Global Connections. The Labor and WorkingClass History Association National Conference. Seattle, June 2017.
“What’s Kosher About Women’s Suffrage? Contrasting Orthodox Jewish Responses to the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America and Mandatory Palestine,” 2016 Biennial Scholars Conference in American Jewish History, Center for Jewish History. New York City, 2016.
“Industry or Holy Vocation: When Shehitah and Kashrut Entered the Public Sphere in the United States During the Progressive Era,” International Research Workshop/Conference on Responses of Jewish Law to De-velopments in Modern Non-Jewish Law, Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law/Da'at HaMakom/I-CORE (Is-raeli Centers of Research Excellence). Ramat Gan, Israel. June 2015.
“Tradesmen or Religious Functionaries? Laboring Shehitah in Early Twentieth-Century Chicago,” 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies. Baltimore, December 2014.
“Race, Labor, and Solidarity: The Chicago ILGWU and the Promise and Limitations of Inclusion, 1917-1940,” Working-Class Worlds: Local and Global Perspectives on Labor History. Iowa City, Iowa. July 2011.
“Race, Immigration, and Contested Americanism: Black Nativism and the American Labor Movement, 1880-1930,” 2010 Annual Meeting, American Historical Association. San Diego. January 2010.
“Uneasy Alliances: Hull House, the Garment Workers’ Strikes, and the Jews of Chicago,” Chicago Jewish Historical Society Student Award Presentation. Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago. May 2008.
“Beyond the Long, Hot Summer: Black Garment Workers and the ILGWU, 1917-1934,” Panel in Honor of Black History Month, Department of Government and History, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina. February 2007.
“Prosperity and Disparity: Politics, Unionism, and the Jewish Working Class of Chicago, 1920–1928,” Rose and Isadore Drench Memorial Lecture, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History. New York. May 2004.
Member, Board of Directors, National Coalition of Independent Scholar, 2010-12, 2013-2016
Historian/Archivist, NCIS 2015-
Chair, Awards Committee, NCIS, 2014-2015
2015 Conference Review Committee, NCIS, 2014-2015
Chair, Member Affiliates Committee, NCIS, 2010-12
Organizer, NCIS-sponsored AHA Panel, “From Surviving to Thriving: The Challenges and Rewards of Practicing History as an Independent Scholar,” 2014.
Proposer, Wild Card Division, “Jews and Labor,” 46th Annual Conference, Association for Jewish Studies. 2014
Co-Organizer, NCIS-sponsored AHA Panel, “Scholars and Scholarship on the Margins: Independent Scholars and 'Otherness' in History.” 2012
Member, Planning Committee, Working-Class Worlds: Local and Global Perspectives on Labor History: A Conference Honoring Shelton Stromquist, 2010-11.
Reader, 2009 Best Dissertation Committee, Urban History Association, 2010.
Bibliographer, United States History, Urban History Association 2009-11.
Secretary, Fayetteville State University College of Arts and Sciences Black History Committee, 2008-2009.
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