UNCP Department of History Projects

As Chair, I have led UNCP's Department of History through a significant revision of our undergraduate programs, implemented a new advising model, built an undergraduate internship program, and established partnerships with local high schools in connection with the National History Day student research program.

We pilot-tested a UNCP History Day program in 2022-23, and on the basis of that success, we were asked to serve as host site for a new regional contest! We worked with six schools across four counties to support their research and project preparation, and then we hosted nearly 70 high school students for the first Sandhills Regional History Day at UNCP on March 1, 2024. Preparations are underway for the 2025 contest, with the goal of increasing participation from additional under-represented counties and schools.

We revised our undergraduate program to add a Research Intensive sequence, with a skills development course in the junior year and a capstone experience in the senior year. We also updated our geographic breadth requirement to offer students a bit more flexibility while eliminating outdated global categories. Up Next: Creating a fully online version of our undergraduate Social Studies Education program, to better serve prospective teachers currently employed full-time in our schools as TAs and long-term substitutes.

I altered the History Department's advising model to better balance advising loads across faculty, and to create cohorts of students so that each faculty member's advisees have a common graduation year and thus similar requirements to meet during each advising and registration sequence.

Our undergraduate internship program in Public History provides students with structured, for-credit internships with department partners and strong mentoring capabilities. Current partners include the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, UNCP Special Collections, the Lumbee Tribe Office of Historic Preservation, the Red Springs History Museum, and the Museum of the Cape Fear Historic Complex. I created this program in 2019 and continue to supervise it in my capacity as department chair.