The Committee on Community Colleges of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) seeks presenters to lead a workshop on "Teaching History in the STEM Era" at the 2020 OAH annual meeting in Washington, DC (April 2-4). The workshop will explore the role of history--and the humanities in general--at a time when higher education and the national culture emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career pathways and skills. Participants will discuss their work as history educators at institutions that stress a STEM-based curriculum and will examine the impact of STEM education on issues of inequality. Panelists and audience members will consider such questions as:
- How do humanities faculty advocate for funding, resources, and an equal voice at institutions focused on STEM fields?
- How do humanities faculty communicate the value of a liberal arts education?
- Does a focus on STEM education further the digital divide?
- What effects does discounting a humanities education have on inequality in American society, voter turnout, and civic participation?
The workshop is scheduled for a three-hour block, with time for presenter comments, audience interaction, and q & a. We anticipate a panel made up of 3-4 presenters. The panel is open to community college faculty, including part-time and contingent faculty.
We are accepting proposals until March 29, 2019. Please forward your 200- to 300-word proposal and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timothy J. McMannon
Co-Chair, OAH Committee on Community Colleges