William and Edwyna Gilbert Award Recipients
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, this prize 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. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal and serial articles.
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.