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1901 County Road 183

Carbon, TX 76435







  • Ph.D. in U. S. History, University of North Texas, August 2001

Dissertation: “From Lost Cause to Female Empowerment: The Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1896-1966.”

  • M.A. in American Studies/History, Baylor University, May 1994                            

Thesis: “The Emerging Woman: A Study of Ella Virginia West Carrington Leberman, 1886-1968.”

  • B.A. in U.S. History, Texas A&M University, December 1990



  • Books

 How to Make an A in Any College Class:  Tips and Tricks to Fly Thorough College, Texas: White Owl Farm Publishing, 2015.

Sacred Memories: A Guide to the Civil War Monuments of Texas, Texas: Texas State Historical Association Press, 2009.

 Transforming the Humanities Classroom for the 21st Century: Using Course Redesign to Enhance Student Success, Nevada:  Bent Tree Press, 2008.

Waxahachie, Texas: Where Cotton Reigned King, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishers, 2002.

SparkNotes U.S. History 101, Colonial Period to 1877, New York: Barnes and Nobles, 2005.

  • Edited Books

“‘Memories are Short but Monuments Lengthen Remembrance’:  The United Daughters of the Confederacy and Civil War Memory,” in Texas: Myth, Meaning, and Historical Memory, eds. Elizabeth Hayes Turner and Gregg Cantrell (Texas A&M University Press, 2006.)  Winner of the T. R. Ferhenbach Award for the Best Book in Texas History, 2007, awarded by the Texas Historical Commission.


  • Articles

"Case Study:  Redesigning U.S. History," in Philip Turner and Ronald Carriveau, Next Generation Course Redesign.  New York:  Peter Lang, 2010.


“Abigail Adams: An Early Female Voice,” in Early America Examined: A Reader, ed. Jerry Baydo.  National Social Science Press, 2004.


“Roosevelt, Lewis Douglas, and the Raw Deal: The Economy Act of 1933,” The Historian 64 (Fall 2000), 105-119.


“The Meaning of the Lost Cause in Dallas, Texas, 1894-1897,” Legacies 12 (Spring 2000): 4-12.


Coauthor, "Texas History: A Checklist of Theses and Dissertations," The Southwestern Historical Quarterly (July 1993): 81-118; “Part II” (October 1993): 313-344.


  • Reference Works

“Alliance Movement,” “City Beautiful,” “Colored Farmers Alliance,” “Galveston Hurricane,” “General Federation of Women’s Clubs,” “Granger Laws,” “Greenback Party,” “Influenza Pandemic of 1918,” “New South,” “Patrons of Husbandry,” “People’s Party,” “William E. Chandler,” “Laura Clay,” “Eugene Victory Debs,” “James Buchanan Duke,” “Joel Chandler Harris,” “Harold Le Clair Ickes,” “Lester Frank Ward,” in the Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2003).


  • Book Reviews

Reviewed Francesca Morgan’s Women and Patriotism in Jim Crow America for Arkansas Review 38 (April 2007), 54-55.


Reviewed Kent Redding’s Making Race Making Power: North Carolina’s Road to Disfranchisement for H-South, H-NET book reviews.  H-SOUTH@h-net.msu.edu, 2004. 


Reviewed Angela Boswell’s Her Act and Deed: Women’s Lives in a Rural Southern County,1837-1873 for H-SAWH, H-NET book reviews. H-SAWH@h-net.msu.edu, 2002.


Reviewed The Forgotten Census: The First Annual Report of the Agricultural Bureau of the Department of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics, and History, 1887-1888
Edited and with an Introduction by Barbara J. Rozek) for Journal of the West, 2002.


Teaching and Related Experience

  • Associate Professor, American Public University Systems, 2009-present (Sakai delivery)


Adjunct Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Colorado State University Global Campus, 2009-present (Blackboard delivery)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Thomas University, Georgia, 2013-present (Blackboard delivery)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Florida State College, Jacksonville, 2009-2014 (Blackboard delivery)
  • Ozark Technical College, Missouri, 2009-2014 (Blackboard delivery)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Stevens-Henager College, 2010-2011 (Angel)
  • Adjunct Faculty, DeVry University, 2004-2014

(all online courses—Blackboard delivery)

Course Architect for Contemporary History—America in a World Context (averaging twenty classes taught)

  • Lecturer, University of North Texas, 2005-2008 (WebCT delivery)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of North Texas, 2004-2005 (f2f)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Dallas Baptist University, 2002-2005

(including online courses/hybrid courses—Blackboard delivery)

  • Adjunct Faculty, Texas Christian University, 2001-2004

(including web-enhanced/hybrid courses—E-College delivery)

  • Adjunct Faculty, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, 2003-2005

(all online courses—Blackboard and WebCT delivery)

  • Adjunct Faculty, Navarro College, 2004-2005

(all online courses—Blackboard delivery)

  • Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, 2004-2007

(all online courses—ECollege Platform)

Course Leader for American Women’s History Courses (averaging five classes taught per term with three to five instructors under my supervision)

  • Adjunct Faculty, Southeastern Community College, North Carolina, 2004

(all online courses—Blackboard delivery)

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of North Texas, 2003
  • Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas, 1996-1999      
  • Instructor, Navarro Community College, 1994-1996
  • Graduate Editorial Assistant, Institute of Oral History, Baylor University, 1993-1994
  • Assistant Editor, Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, 1992
  • Archival Assistant, University Archives, Texas A&M University, 1988-1990         


Courses Taught

  • History of the United States (both halves—face-to-face, online, and blended platforms)
  • History of Western Civilization (both halves—online platform)
  • U.S. Women’s History (face-to-face and online platforms)
  • Texas History
  • U.S. in a World Context (online platform)
  • U.S. since 1945 (online platform)
  • History of American Political Parties
  • U.S. Business History
  • Historical Bibliography (graduate level)
  • Senior Seminar
  • Early Republic, 1776 to 1815
  • Antebellum America, 1840 to 1861
  • Jacksonian America
  • U.S. 1900 to 1945
  • Environmental History of the American West



Instructional Design Experience

  • Senior Instructional Consultant, Center for Distributed Learning, University of North Texas, 2005-2006
  • APUS:  Navy on Board Project:  HIST101 Design.
  • APUS:  Designed HIST491: First Half of the Senior Thesis, 2013. 
  • APUS:  Designed HIST498:  Second Half of  the Senior Thesis, 2013. 
  • APUS:  Gateways to Completion Project, Co-Chair, 2014-2015.



Research Activities

  • Co-Pi, Title III Federal Grant, “A Model for Engaged Student Learning: Strengthening Academic Programs and Institutional Management,” 2008-2013, $1.9 million (Director 2008-2009).
  • Principal Investigator: “Building Excellence in History Teachers (BEHT),” Federal Teaching American History Grant, Department of Education, 2007-2009.  Budget:  $985,000. 
  • Redesign of U.S. History 1302 and Developmental Writing: A Redesign for a Paired Delivery to Improve Student Learning Success at the Undergraduate and High School Levels, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2007-2009, $337,000.
  • Addendum to Phase I U.S. History 1301 Grant:  Alignment of Redesigned Course to Dual Credit and Dissemination Plan for Dual Credit Courses, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2007-2009, $119,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator.  A Proof-of-Concept Repository for Learning Objects: Supporting the Reuse and Repurposing of Redesigned Courses and Their Content,” Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2007.  Budget: $121,000. 
  • Principal Investigator.  “U.S. History Course Redesign, Pre-Columbian to 1877,” Texas State Course Redesign, 2006-2007.  Budget:  $194,000. 


Administrative Positions

  • Director, Quality Enhancement Plan, 2008-2009
  • Senior Associate Director, Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign, University of North Texas, 2006-2009
  • Director, Title III Grant, 2008-2009
  • Founder, Active Learning Initiative


Conference Papers and Scholarly Meetings

  •  “Organizing Rural Women in Today’s Political Climate: A Roundtable Discussion.” Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, and Place-Making, Rural Women’s Studies Association, Athens, Ohio, Texas, May 20, 2018.


  • “Still Fighting the Civil War: Culture Wars, Memory, and History.” Central Texas Historical Association Annual Conference,” Round Rock, Texas, April 28, 2018.


  • “Teaching History Through “Selfie” Photography:  Photographing the Local Community,” 27th Annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning,  Jacksonville, Florida, April 5, 2016.


  • “Theodore Roosevelt and the Wolf Hunt,” paper presented at the Old Post Office Museum in conjunction with a National Endowment for the Humanities Exhibit, November 5, 2015.


  • “Hands-On Collaborative Learning in the Large Enrollment Class,” American Association of Colleges & Universities Conference, January 22, 2009.


  • “Enabling Transformative Change: The QEP Beyond Accreditation,” SACS Conference, December 8, 2008.


  • “Gaming in the Classroom,” Texas Council for History Education, San Antonio, Texas, October 24, 2008. 


  • “Redesigning U.S. History Courses,” Workshop led for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin, Texas, October 10, 2008.


  • “John Muir and the Battle over Hetch Hetchy: Gaming in the Classroom.”  National Council for History Education, Louisville, Kentucky, April 5, 2008. 


  • Gaming History: The Texas Course Redesign Project, American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., January 6, 2008.


  • “Next Generation Course Redesign,” Post-Conference Workshop, Southwest Regional Educause Conference, February 23, 2007. 


  • “Using Simulated Case Study Games to Transform the Undergraduate Classroom,” Presented at the Collaboration Conference for Motivating Students for Better Retention, Learning, and Achievement, November 18, 2006. 


  • “Developing an Institutional Blended Learning Program.” Presented jointly with Gary Chinn, the Pennsylvania State University, Educause Impact 2006, October 10, 2006.


  • “The Blended Learning Project: A Foundation for Undergraduate Academic Transformation.”  Presented at WebCT Impact 2006, Chicago, July 10, 2006.


  • “The Gender of Charity: The Texas Confederate Woman’s Home.”  Presented at the Southern Association of Women Historians Conference, June 2006. 


  • “Transforming Large Enrollment Undergraduate Courses Classes:  The North Texas Experience.”  Presented at the Texas Distance Learning Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 6, 2006.


  • “Katie Daffan’s Race for the Governorship:  Conservative Texas Women and their Move into Politics, 1920.”  Presented at the Texas State Historical Association Conference, March 4, 2006.


  • “Using Counterfactual Simulated Case Studies to Transform Large Enrollment Undergraduate U.S. History Courses.”  Presented at the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference, Purdue University, March 1, 2006. 


  • “The Blended Project at UNT—Comparing Pedagogical Techniques for Best Practices in the Delivery of History Content to Enhance the Quality of Undergraduate Education.” Presented at the Sloan-C 11th International Conference on Distance Education, Orlando, Florida, November 17, 2005.


  • “A Comparison of Pedagogical Techniques across Three Delivery Platforms—face-to-face, online, and blended—in the U.S. History Survey Course.” Paper presented at WebCT Texas Conference, San Antonio, October 6, 2005.


  • Chair, Texas Reconstruction and Beyond, Texas State Historical Association Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, March 5, 2005.


  • “The Texas Confederate Woman’s Home: Katie Howard and the Gendering of Charity,” paper presented at the Texas State Historical Association Conference, Austin, Texas, March 4, 2004.


  • “The Texas Division of the UDC: Confederation Reunions, Southern Identity, and Memory,” paper presented at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 7, 2003.


  • “I Could Visualize that long, thin gray line:’ The United Daughters of the Confederacy and Memory,” paper presented at the Mid-America Conference on History, Fayetteville, Arkansas, September 20, 2002.


  • “Texas Married Women’s Property Law,” paper presented at the Southern Association for Women Historians Conference, Richmond, Virginia, June 16, 2000.


  • “The Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a ‘Force for Good,” 1900-1950,” paper presented at the Southwestern Social Sciences Conference, Galveston, Texas, March 16, 2000.


  • “The Lost Cause in Dallas, Texas, 1894-1897,” paper presented at the Dallas History Conference, Dallas, Texas, October 2, 1999.


  • “UDC: Building Confederate Memorials,” paper presented at the East Texas Historical Association, Nacogdoches, Texas, September 25, 1999.


  • "The Confederate Monument and the Meaning of the Lost Cause in Dallas, Texas, 1894-1898," paper presented at the Graduate Conference in Southern History, University of Mississippi, March 20, 1999.


  • "Texas Married Women's Property Rights: Women's Economic Importance in the Frontier Economy," paper presented at the Texas State Historical Association Conference, March 4, 1999.


  • "The Economy Act of 1933: Roosevelt, Douglas, and the Raw Deal," paper presented at the Northern Great Plains History Conference, September 30, 1998.


  • "The Officers of the Ninth Texas Cavalry," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Sciences Conference, March 1997.


Fellowships, Awards, and Internal Grants

  • Blended Learning Project Grant, Center for Distributed Learning, University of North Texas, for the development, implementation, and delivery of a model blended course, 2004-2005, conducting an experimental study of best teaching practices.
  • Fred White Jr. Fellowship, Texas State Historical Association, 2000
  • Hatton W. Sumner Foundation Scholarship, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Endowment Scholarship, 1997-1998


Professional Activity—Service

  • County Chair, Democratic Party, Eastland, TX 2018-present
  • Leader, Indivisible TX-11, 2016-present
  • Board of Directors, Eastland County Museum, Eastland, Texas 2012-2013.
  • “Transforming Teaching through Course Redesign,” Seminar held for Eastfield Community College instructors, November 20, 2008.
  • Animation Advisory Board, Advanced Technology Complex, Denton ISD, 2007-2012. 
  • “Transforming Today’s Classroom through Course Redesign,” Keynote Address, Austin Community College Spring Professional Development Day,  January 11, 2008.
  • “Best Practices,” Convocation Speech, Lamar College, Orange Texas, January 9, 2006. 
  • Southern Association of Women Historians, Finance Committee, 2003-2004
  • Reviewer, numerous book manuscripts and proposals for Bacon/Longman Publishers
  • President, History Graduate Student Organization, University of

North Texas, 1997-1998        

  • Biographer, Texas Historical Commission, 1993-1994


Professional Organizations--Membership

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Southern Historical Association
  • Southern Association of Women's Historians
  • Western Association of Women’s Historians
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Coordinating Council for Women in History


Historical Consultation and Community Service

  • Consultant, Technology Classes, Denton Technical, Denton ISD, 2007-2008.
  • Grant Reviewer, Teaching American History Grants, Department of Education, Washington, D.C., July 2005.
  • Grant Reviewer, Teaching American History Grants, Department of Education, Washington, D.C., April 2004.
  • Grant Reviewer, Teaching American History Grants, Department of Education, Washington, D.C., August 10-12, 2003.
  • Consultant, “Technology in the Classroom,” Strategic Action Committee, Midlothian Independent School District, 2003.
  • Consultant, Midlothian Problem Solvers, Midlothian Middle School, 2002.



  • Dr. Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Professor of History, University of North Texas.  (940) 565-2288. turner@unt.edu
  • Kaye Shelton, Director, Department of Online Learning, Dallas Baptist University.  (214)  333-6893.  kaye@dbu.edu
  • Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, President, CSU-Global, Colorado State University. (720) 279-0163.  Becky.Takeda-Tinker@csuglobal.edu.