Dr. Jeffrey McClurken, Associate Professor and Department Chair of History and American Studies received funding to travel to the National Council on Public Historyannual meeting in Ottawa, Canada in April. Jeff along with faculty from the Center for History & New Media at George Mason University, Connecticut Humanities, and the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University will be presenting “WordPress as a Public History Platform.” This session will offer diverse examples of how WordPress is being used to educate students, collaborate with near and distant colleagues, and reach the broader audiences beyond our institutional walls. Jeff will be presenting on the work done by his students in UMWBlogs in Digital History (http://dh2012.umwblogs.org/), History of Technology and Culture (http://historyoftech.umwblogs.org/), and US Women’s History since 1870 (http://hist328.umwblogs.org/links-to-the-various-decade-research-sites/).
Dr. Cristina Turdean, Assistant Professor in the Historic Preservation Department received funding through the Meaningful Student Learning Micro Grant. The award supports the purchase of a museum cataloging software needed for the class project in the Museum Collections Management course. The students in this class will inventory and catalog the collections of the Mary Washington House, a property of the local non-profit organization Washington Heritage Museums. This project gives UMW students the unique chance to hone their practical skills through classroom instruction and community service.
Dr. Suzanne Sumner, Professor in the Mathematics Department, received funding on behalf of Project Kaleidoscope’s faculty workshop to remind faculty how difficult it is for students to learn something completely new and different.