Call for Nominations--James C. Giesen Teaching Excellence Award in Agricultural and Rural History

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December 31, 2021
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Rural History / Studies, Social History / Studies, World History / Studies

James C. Giesen Teaching Excellence Award in Agricultural and Rural History

Agricultural History Society



This award recognizes excellence in teaching agricultural and rural history, broadly construed, at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. It is named for James C. Giesen, an outstanding teacher at Mississippi State University, who shapes the field and the Agricultural History Society through his instruction of undergraduate and graduate students. Giesen has explained that agricultural and rural history is a tent, not a tool, accommodating diverse approaches that constitute a vibrant scholarly field of teaching and research.


Eligibility and Criteria

Any person teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in agricultural/rural history, broadly construed, is eligible for the award. This includes graduate students who are responsible for teaching courses independently (stand-alone teaching). The successful nominee will demonstrate:

  • Innovative techniques and assignments
  • Appropriate level of rigor
  • Understanding of the field through assigned readings, topics, and methodologies
  • Diversity of approaches and assessment, including diverse authorship of assigned readings



  • Nominator’s letter (not to exceed 500 words)
  • Nominee’s reflective teaching statement on agricultural/rural history, broadly construed (not to exceed 1,000 words)
  • One letter of support from a current or former student
  • One letter of support from a faculty colleague
  • One syllabus from nominee’s course in agricultural/rural history, broadly construed
  • Additional supporting materials, which may include student evaluation(s) of instruction, secondary nomination letter(s), additional syllabus/syllabi, sample assignment(s), etc.

Application deadline for submission of materials to is December 31.



The prize will consist of a $250 USD check.



Please direct all queries to

Contact Info: 

Joe Anderson

Executive Secretary, Agricultural History Society