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AHA History Tuning Project

In Spotlight on October 23, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , ,

Have you been following the American Historical Association’s Tuning Project? The AHA teamed up with Lumina Foundation to conduct a nationwide, faculty-led project to “articulate the disciplinary core of historical study” and to “define what a student should understand and be able to do at the completion of a history degree program.”

They’ve recently released a new version of its Discipline Core – a statement of “the central habits of mind, skills, and understanding that students achieve when they major in history.” This is the second version created by the faculty director of the project, Anne F. Hyde (Colorado College), who incorporated feedback from last year’s publication.

They have listed six core competencies with 5 or 6 learning outcomes under each competency (  According to the AHA Tuning Project faculty, history students can:

  1. Engage in historical inquiry, research, and analysis.
  2. Practice historical empathy.
  3. Understand the complex nature of the historical record.
  4. Generate significant, open-ended questions about the past and devise research strategies to answer them.
  5. Craft historical narrative and argument.
  6. Practice historical thinking as central to engaged citizenship.

If you are teaching a historical methods class this year, take a look at your syllabus and see if your assignments have aligned with the core competencies laid out in the AHA Tuning document.

There is an excellent critique of the document in EdWired – check out “Getting History in Tune” by Mills Kelly (aka @EdWiredMills on Twitter), historian at George Mason University.

If you’ve got some ideas you’d like to share for other Kentucky history educators about the AHA Tuning History Discipline Core, please reply to this post.

For more information, see the project webpage at



Spotlight: Wendy Davis, Campbellsville U

In Spotlight on June 25, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Wendy Wood Davis

Dr. Wendy Wood Davis, Campbellsville University

Dr. Wendy Wood Davis has been a member of the Campbellsville University faculty since 2007. As an associate professor in history, she is the faculty sponsor of the Campbellsville University Collegiate Historians, which is now the Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. CU’s Phi Alpha Theta has been very active, including a trip last January to Washington D.C. to attend the Presidential inauguration. She organized student trips to Boston; Cherokee, N.C.; and a “Civil Rights Movement” trip in the Spring of 2012 when the students traveled to Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, GA. You can keep up with the students’ experiences on CU Phi Alpha Theta’s Twitter @CUPhiAlphaTheta.

Valiant efforts are required of historians working in Kentucky’s small private schools – and they often must take on a variety of jobs all in one. She works closely with the Taylor County Historical Society and works with her students to hold fundraisers for this sister organization’s benefit. As one of her students wrote in a testimonial for the University: “Dr. Wendy Davis has been very instrumental in shaping me as a person and a lover of history and teaching. I can honestly say that she cares about all of her students and desires to make history fun and exciting not only for history majors, but for her general education students as well.”

Dr. Davis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Secondary Education and Masters in History from Western Kentucky University (WKU). She received a PhD from the University of Kentucky and returned to WKU to get a graduate certificate in women’s studies. She has taught at the college level for the past sixteen years. Her specialty is women’s history, religious history and modern America.

She also serves as an adjunct professor in women’s studies at Western Kentucky University where she teaches both online and face-to-face classes.  As she states in her bio on the WKU website: “I love teaching Women’s Studies because it allows me to help students see the world around them differently. Looking through the lens of gender and from the perspective of women, allows them to understand how diverse experiences can be in today’s society. I also love to watch my students get involved in campus events and causes that are especially important to them.”

Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Wood Davis for all her hard work in furthering the education of so many of our Kentucky students.

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