Baylor History Professors Win A&S Teaching Innovation Awards

February 13, 2023
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Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences recently announced the inaugural recipients of its new Teaching Innovation Award Program. We are thrilled to say that two History faculty were among these: Dr. Ricardo Álvarez-Pimentel, Assistant Professor of History, and Dr. Julie Anne Sweet, Professor of History.

The A&S Teaching Innovation Award Program is a competitive, internal award program designed to support faculty who seek to enhance their pedagogy through methods such as professional development opportunities or new course preparation. Preference is given to projects that employ new and innovative teaching methods, including strategies for diverse student populations.

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Dr. Ricardo Álvarez-Pimentel, Assistant Professor of History, plans to use his award to develop a course on Mexican-American history that centers on Texas and local history. It will include a service learning component and an oral history capstone project.

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With her award, Dr. jules Sweet, Professor of History & Director of Military Studies, plans to travel to Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Williamsburg to visit the many museums there dealing with the American Revolution, because of the many event anniversaries on the horizon and because of changing interpretations about history in general. She writes, 

“Not only will I get to see some of the places that I discuss in my classes and learn more about them in-person, I will also be analyzing the way that these museums present history and the stories that they choose to tell (or not).  I hope to bring back lots of "stuff" to use in class, too!”

The longstanding tradition of great teaching in the Department of History lives on, and we are grateful for the support of the College of Arts & Sciences. Most of all, we are thrilled for the ultimate beneficiaries of these awards: the students of Dr. Alvarez and Dr. Sweet.