The Department of History is committed to training scholar-educators. Graduate students
who are awarded assistantships participate in a comprehensive program of teacher training.
All assistants complete a teaching seminar. The seminar focuses on the basics of the
classroom: creating syllabi, lecturing, stimulating class discussion, grading, and
other matters. Before teaching their own courses, assistants serve as graders for
experienced faculty members. Each teaching assistant has a faculty mentor who offers
advice and guidance and remains available for consultation.
The department gives an award for “Best History Teaching Assistant” each year to a
teaching assistant who has distinguished himself or herself in the classroom. This
honor includes a monetary award.