Announcing new members of the 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee

By DPLA, May 1, 2017.
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We are thrilled to welcome seven new members to the 2017-2018 DPLA Education Advisory Committee. We received an excellent response to the call for applications from many highly qualified candidates representing a broad array of fields and disciplines including History, English, Education, Art History, Library and Information Science, and Music faculty, university librarians and archivists, and independent researchers.

Together with the ten returning members of the Education Advisory Committee, new members will work in collaboration with DPLA staff to create and deliver curriculum for professional development using DPLA and its resources for inquiry-based instruction; develop best practices for implementing the Primary Source Sets; write new primary source sets; and provide input on online professional development modules between June 2017 and December 2018. For updates about DPLA’s education initiatives, join the DPLA education mailing list.

Meet the new members of the Education Advisory Committee:

Catherine Denial is the Bright Professor of American History at Knox College in Illinois, and chair of the History department.

Lucy Santos Green is an associate professor of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina’s Knowledge School.

Tona Hangen is an associate professor and department chair of the History and Political Science department at Worcester State University, where she teaches courses in historical methods and American social, intellectual, and religious history.

Nancy Schurr has taught American history for the past 15 years and is currently serving as an assistant professor of History at Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee.

Jolie A. Sheffer is an associate professor of English and American Culture Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Bowling Green State University.

Virginia Spivey is an art historian specializing cross-sector teaching and learning in art history.

Sarah Thomson is a Ph.D. candidate in Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Michigan, where she works with social studies teachers to develop students’ literacy skills with primary sources.

Read their full bios at on our Education Advisory Committee page.