Dr. Lorne McWatters


 Lorne McWattersProfessor (Doctoral Faculty)

CONTACT:
E-mail: dmcwatte@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-5805
Office: Peck Hall 284
Department of History
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

**For further details on my career and classes, see my website at http://www.mtsu.edu/digitalhistory

TEACHING FIELDS:
American History
Documentary Filmmaking and New Media in History

COURSES:
HIST 2010: American People to 1865
HIST 2020: American People since 1865
HIST 3010: The Historian's Craft
HIST 3020: Topics in American History: Documentary Filmmaking by History Students
HIST 6510/7510: Seminar in Public History
HIST 6520/7520: Seminar in Historic Preservation
HIST 6570: Internship in Public History
HIST 6190/7190: Seminar in State and Local History (as a documentary filmmaking class)
HIST 6610/7610: Essentials of Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Management

CREATIVE WORK:
After undergraduate and MA level training in Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta), I completed my PhD at the University of Florida in 1979, with a specialization in Latin American History. I taught history at both the University of Florida and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before making a career shift in 1983 when I and three of my colleagues formed HMS Associates, one of the first (and at the time largest) history consulting firms in the United States. After 10 years as an owner, historian, and business manager of HMS Associates, in 1993 I returned to teaching, at MTSU, where I specialized in Public and American History, and was the Co-Director of the Public History Program for six years.

My present career goal is to foster the Digital History Studio Project, as a means of providing students the opportunity to develop an array of New Media productions, using the technology available in the History Department's Digital History Studio. Thus far, 29 short documentaries, one website, and one podcast have been produced in my classes.

WORK IN PROGRESS:
Documentary film work on the history of MTSU, exploring the campus as a cultural landscape represented by its changing "footprint," from its founding in 1911, to its 100th anniversary in 2011.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. University of Florida, 1979
M.A. University of Calgary, 1972
B.A. Simon Fraser University, 1969