William and Edwyna Gilbert Award
The William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the Best Article on Teaching History annually recognizes outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal articles. Originally the “William Gilbert Award,” named in memory of William Gilbert, a longtime AHA member and distinguished scholar-teacher of the Renaissance at the University of Kansas, it was renamed the William and Edwyna Gilbert Award in 2012 after Edwyna Gilbert passed away and left an additional $110,000 to supplement the original $10,000 bequest for the award.
Articles by AHA members with a publication date of 2014 may be nominated for consideration. Both the author of the winning article and the journal that publishes it will each receive the award. Journals and individual members may submit nominations on the teaching of history (including scholarship of teaching and learning, methodology and theory of pedagogy). Journals, magazines, and other serials can submit up to two articles for each award cycle. Each nominator is required to provide a brief letter of support (no more than two pages) with the article.
Email a letter of support and accompanying article to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include “Gilbert Award Nomination” in the subject line. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2015.
2014 Gilbert Award
Lendol Calder, Augustana Coll.
“The Stories We Tell,” OAH Magazine of History 27, no. 3 (2013): 5–8
The survey is both our gateway course and our greatest challenge. Calder collected and analyzed his students’ understanding of history in these courses over ten years to better understand his students’ perceptions and approaches. His consequent switch to emphasizing narrative and the telling of “stories” in his courses, over approaching the materials conceptually and theoretically, merits great attention about how both to encourage historical understanding and inspire enthusiasm in the general population.