Author Archives: Julia Brookins

About Julia Brookins

Julia Brookins is special projects coordinator at the AHA, and a historian of US immigration and citizenship. She has been an individual AHA member since 2007. On the blog, you will probably see her updates about AHA activities related to teaching, career exploration for students of history, and diversity, as well as some of her picks for What We’re Reading. On the AHA staff, she directs several grant projects, helps to prepare new grant applications, and is the point person for the elected Teaching Division. Julia enjoys her work supporting public-spirited scholars, educators, and other professionals who have an interest in history.

In her research, Julia is interested in the history of immigrant integration, especially in the United States. Her current project uses the case of 19th-century German migration to Texas to examine how immigrant groups have altered American nationalism and citizenship since the 1840s, and how immigrants have helped to reproduce racial hierarchies in the United States.

Updates from the Tuning Project

Tuning Updates

  • Nearly a dozen of the faculty members who are participating in the AHA’s Tuning project made presentations at the Workshop on Undergraduate Teaching in New Orleans. They discussed their responses to a range of issues their programs are facing, from orienting large numbers of international students to succeed in the U.S. history survey course to supporting students through their capstone research projects and making the positive case for curriculum revision to fellow faculty. (See the video story on the workshop here and the blog post here.)
  • HistoriansTV interviewed faculty participant David Trowbridge (Marshall Univ.).

Teaching and Learning History: Teagle Foundation to Support a New AHA Initiative

What are the best practices for teaching history to undergrads? How can history departments better work with teaching and learning centers at their institutions? What does a graduate student in history need to know about the latest pedagogical theories, practices, and debates?

The American Historical Association, with the help of a grant from the Teagle Foundation, hopes to address these questions over the course of the next two years. Assembling a team of leading experts in history teaching and historical thinking, the AHA will explore ways to more effectively integrate the scholarship on teaching and learning into graduate history education.

Tuning Project Meeting: Shared Needs among Diverse History Programs

Screen Shot of Patricia Nelson Limerick keynote addressThe AHA’s Tuning project for history held its first full meeting in Arlington, Virginia, the weekend of June 9–10, 2012. Building on lessons from earlier AHA projects that explored the role of historical study in liberal arts education, history faculty from 65 diverse two- and four-year programs convened to frame a vocabulary to explain how history students are prepared for citizenship and careers. What does a history major offer a student? How can our students, upon graduation and beyond, draw on what they have learned to establish careers and contribute to society and civic culture?

History Tuning Project—Application Deadline Tomorrow

History Tuning Project ApplicationThe application deadline for the History Tuning Project is tomorrow, Friday, March 16, 2012.

The AHA is seeking history faculty at a wide variety of institutions nationwide to participate in the History Tuning Project. There is still time to meet the application deadline this Friday with your letter of interest (2 pages max), brief c.v. (3 pages max), and a completed form; a letter from an administrator (chair or dean, for example) is also required.

For more information, see the History Tuning Project page online.

History Faculty Begin Nationwide Tuning Project

What Should History Degree-Holders Understand and Be Able to Do?

Washington, D.C.– The American Historical Association (AHA) is initiating a nationwide, faculty-led project to articulate the core of historical study and to identify what a student should understand and be able to do at the completion of a history degree program. Professors Anne Hyde (Colorado College) and Patricia Limerick (University of Colorado Boulder) will lead accomplished faculty from more than sixty colleges and universities across the country to frame common goals and reference points for post-secondary history education.  The project will engage employers, alumni, students, and others in exploring and enhancing how the study of history provides the foundation for a life of active citizenship, continued learning, and successful employment.

Suggest a U.S. History Quiz Question

Suggest a U.S. History Quiz QuestionThe AHA is working with American Profile magazine, a Sunday newspaper supplement, to publish a cover feature on U.S. history for Independence Day 2012. It will be a history quiz of twenty-five multiple-choice questions and answers.

You are invited to suggest clear, interesting questions that will reflect the rigorous standards of our organization to the public. Our goal is to offer to a broad audience something that is fun and that might enhance an appreciation for history and historical thinking in public culture.