Foundation Award for Teaching

Stephen McIntyre

Dr. Stephen McIntyre

College of Humanities and Public Affairs

I. Philosophy of Teaching

My teaching philosophy grows out of my experience as a parent. Often when thinking about how to teach my classes, I consider what kind of class I would wish my own daughter to have at a university. The answer is one that focuses not primarily on conveying information, but also focuses on the important skills of critical thinking, research, and writing. Consequently, all of my History classes devote considerable attention to instilling in students the capacity to locate and critically analyze primary historical sources and to write papers that develop clear arguments supported with evidence. This approach has led me to develop writers’ workshops in my undergraduate courses and to push graduate students to publish the results of their research produced in my seminars.

II. Example of Courses/Topics

  • U. S. History since 1877
  • Introduction to Historiography
  • The Automobile in American Life
  • History of American Baseball
  • American Labor and Working Class History
  • U. S. History since 1945

III. Future Projects

I am interested in projects that increase the role of faculty in mentoring student research, particularly at the undergraduate level. I hope to develop a project that focuses on this task in the History Department in the future.

IV. Topics related to teaching and of interest to the University Community, for which you are available for presentations and/or consultations (e.g., presentation tools, special topics, technology, public affairs).

  • Sequencing undergraduate research in majors
  • Using writers’ workshops to improve undergraduate writing