Who says history and technology don’t mix? University of Mary Washington Professor Jeff McClurken has made a rewarding career of blending his love for teaching, history and digital innovations.
Along with his sought-after classes in digital identity and digital history, Dr. McClurken serves as special advisor to the University’s president. Previously, he served as special assistant to the provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation. He has blogged for the Chronicle of Higher Education about teaching and technology, is the digital history projects review editor for the Journal of American History, and was the founding chair of the President’s Technology Advisory Council at UMW. His book, "Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing the Confederate Veteran Family in Virginia," was nominated for both the Library of Virginia Literary Award and the Jefferson Davis Award of the Museum of the Confederacy.
His research spans the history of the Civil War, veterans and their families to digital humanities, American technology and history in film. His expertise also extends to the Pinkerton detective agency, mental institutions and the 19th-century American South.
Along with his sought-after classes, Dr. McClurken serves double-duty as the University’s special assistant to the provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation. He has blogged for the Chronicle of Higher Education about teaching and technology, is the digital history projects review editor for the Journal of American History, and was the founding chair of the President’s Technology Advisory Council at UMW. His book, "Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing the Confederate Veteran Family in Virginia," was nominated for both the Library of Virginia Literary Award and the Jefferson Davis Award of the Museum of the Confederacy.
Named to The Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors, Dr. McClurken’s lectures have been featured on C-SPAN and Virginia Public Radio’s With Good Reason. He also received the 2014 State Council of Higher Education of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award, the highest distinction the commonwealth awards to a higher education faculty member. More information about his teaching and research can be found at http://mcclurken.org.
Areas of Expertise (6)
2014 Outstanding Faculty Award (professional)
The award, presented by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service. It is the Commonwealth of Virginia's highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities.
Princeton Review's "300 Best Professors" (professional)
The list of best professors features 300 teaching faculty members from 122 public and private colleges and universities.
J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award (professional)
Awarded by the University of Mary Washington for his contributions to the university as well as involvement and leadership in the community
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: Ph.D., American History
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: M.A., American History
Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg: B.A., History
Media Appearances (1)
No, Banning Laptops Is Not the Answer
The Chronicle of Higher Education print
As Jeff McClurken has rightly argued, for most students the "problem isn’t which device (pencil, laptop, phone, quill) they use to take those notes, but how to take them and how to use them to learn." We as faculty could use the presence of laptops in the classroom as an opportunity to help students better understand how to learn, how to take notes (whether by hand or on a device), and how to learn from the process of taking notes.
Event Appearances (1)
McClurken presents keynote address titled "Claiming a Future for the Digital Liberal Arts"
Spring Digital Liberal Arts Workshop Macalester College, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.
Victoria E. Ott's slim volume adds a welcome focused analysis to the discussion of the role of white Southern women in the Confederate cause and in its memorialization. This book builds on recent works on Confederate nationalism and studies of Confederate women that have acknowledged the importance of age as well as gender. Writing in roughly chronological thematic chapters often based on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Ott chooses to focus on young women “born between 1843 and 1849 … [who were] members of slaveholding, secessionist families” (p. 4). The way Ott deploys “adolescence” as a central analytical …
We here at ProfHacker are big Omeka fans. Julie and I have written about its value for individuals, for institutions, and for teaching. This open-source, free, web-based publishing tool is both a digital repository and a way to build online exhibits. Created to be used easily by non-programmers, it is also flexible and powerful enough to meet large institutional needs.
Jeffrey McClurken addresses the ongoing debate over technology in the classroom with a piece titled “On Not Banning Laptops in the Classroom”: