I currently teach US history survey, research methods, public history, museum studies, and senior seminar at Grand Valley State University. I work to incorporate new pedagogical methods into my work, including ungrading and Reacting to the Past games.

In the summer of 2020, I was one of four facilitators of the National Council on Public History’s Teaching Public History Online Working Group. The group included 27 faculty at a wide range of institutions, and we developed best practices documents as well as teaching resources (lesson plans, sample syllabi, collections of useful links, etc.) for faculty faced with teaching public history courses online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I led the creation of the “Best Practices: Online Teaching (General)” and the group that developed and compiled resources for teaching Intro to Public History and archives for undergrads. Jen Black and I worked together on creating video resources like interviews with public historians to address the inability to travel, which are available via YouTube.

Students standing in an archive facility, wearing gloves and working with historic documents.
Museum Studies students from Winter 2019 at the Grand Rapids City Archives.
A group of five smiling students in a van
Students in the back of a van on their way to an NCPH mini-con on Public History Jobs in 2019.
Photo of students in historical costumes
Me with students from my US history from 1877 class on Halloween 2016.