FIELDS: American Religious History, Research and Writing in History, Teaching Historical Thinking
BIOGRAPHY: I was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Tennessee in 1981 to teach
in the History Department here at MTSU. I am a non-ordained staff-person at St. Paul's
Episcopal Church where I assist with liturgy and spiritual formation. The Myers-Briggs
Typological Inventory figures in much of my work, as do many of the movies I love
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
History 2010, 2020, Survey of American History; In my survey courses, students do
not learn history so much as they learn how to think historically by exploring the
past through a variety of resources, especially primary documents, and learning how
to use history's database rather than trying to memorize it.
History 2010H, 2020H; Honors students encounter the same approach to learning historical
thinking with the addition of a smaller class that encourages and requires in-depth
conversation and writing.
History 3010, The Historian's Craft; Students learn and sharpen basic skills required
of historians-research, critical thinking, writing-and develop the attitudes and ethics
of the historians' craft.
History 3020, Topics in American History, Preachers and Prophets; A maymester course
in which we use readings and film to explore how cinematic "literature" reflects and
changes the reality of religion as Southerners have lived it out principally in the
Honors 4600, Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar: Living the American Dream; Honors students
use a variety of materials and disciplines to explore the content, the meaning, and
the significance of the American Dream for Americans in general and then apply those
lessons to shape and communicate their own American dream using the medium of their
History 4650, Religious Experience in America; This course asks two questions that
we explore throughout the semester: how has religion shaped America, and how has America
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
History 6020, Historical Research Methods; Students learn and improve essential methods
of research, focus on improving writing in history, and explore the meaning of the
craft for themselves in terms of their vocational objectives.
History 6102: Readings in the 19th Century; Using a variety of readings in the fields
of government, society, economics, culture, and global relations, students will explore
the theme of change in the 19th century in terms of the theme "from boundlessness
History 6250/7260, Seminar in American Religious History (currently offered through
the periodic 6910: Selected Studies in American History course); Explores major themes
in the interaction of religious cultures from around the world as they migrate to
the United States.
Rowe, David. God's Strange Work: William Miller and the End of the World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman's, 2008.
Rowe, David. Thunder and Trumpets: The Millerites and Apocalyptic Thought in Upstate New York. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1985.
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