Areas of SpecializationPre-ColumbianColonial/Revolutionary America
I went off to college knowing two things. 1) I did not want to be a professor because I had seen the isolation and long hours my father (Professor of English at Purdue) spent. 2) I was going to major in math. Obviously I am a professor and I never took a math class in college. You never know!I came to PSU in 1967 after a year teaching at the University of Kansas filling in for two professors on sabbatical leave, one in Colonial America and the other in Recent U.S. history, and I have been here ever since. I became interested in using the computer instructionally in the late 1970s with a Model I Radio Shack TRS-80 (a tape drive and 4K of memory!) and have been using one ever since. I have given workshops and talks about computer-assisted history instruction around the world: Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Singapore, and Bangkok, as well as Canada and the United States.
Teaching is a passion for me. If anything, I am discovering online teaching more enjoyable and challenging than ever because it allows direct interaction with students. I began phased retirement in 2012.
Ph.D., History, Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A., 1971
M.S, History, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 1963
B.S., History, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 1962
550 Your Family in History650 Colonial America 652 American Revolution807 Historiography
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