“Good Neighbors? The Relationship Between El Paso, Fort Bliss and Juarez 1943”

On Saturday, January 28th, 2017,  the UTEP Center for History Teaching and Learning and the El Paso County Historical Society proudly presented: “Good Neighbors? The Relationship Between El Paso, Fort Bliss, and Juarez 1943,” a lecture by Moriah Johnson. Moriah’s thoughtful and carefully researched presentation was an insightful reminder of the importance of studying local history.

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Winter Teaching Workshop 2017

The CHTL and UTEP’s Department of History hosted its third annual winter teaching workshop. This year’s workshop highlighted the innovative teaching methods of two of the history department’s faculty. Dr. Yolanda Leyva and Dr. Patrick Iber demonstrated their creative and unique approaches to facilitate learning in their classrooms, as well as foster a greater appreciation for their craft.  


3rd Annual Winter Teaching Workshop

Innovative Teaching Showcase

Dr. Patrick Iber

Dr. Yolanda Leyva

Thursday, January 12, 2017

LART 322 @ 10:00 am

This year’s annual winter workshop highlights the teaching methods of two of the history department’s faculty.  Both Dr. Patrick Iber and Dr. Yolanda Leyva will demonstrate the ways in which they facilitate history teaching and learning in unique and creative ways.  These two 45-minute sessions are designed to generate dialogue, as well as provide an opportunity for all history faculty, graduate students, and those interested in history teaching to get together prior to the start of the new semester.  Refreshments will be provided.

Graduate Student Poster Session

The CHTL and UTEP’s History Department hosted a poster session for graduate student research on Wednesday, November 30th.  Seventeen MA and Ph.D. students presented posters to their peers and a number of UTEP faculty members.  Veronica Garcia won the award for Best Oral Presentation and Christine Llewellyn won Best Poster Presentation.



Qualifying Exam Review Session

CHTLfbUTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning will be hosting a review session for the social studies content qualifying exam on Saturday, September 10th @ 10:00 am in LART 205.

This review session will be led by Eduardo Hinojos, a certification exam specialist and seasoned social studies instructor at Americas High School.

Please RSVP to Brad Cartwright (bjcartwright@utep.edu) if you plan on attending.  Also, don’t forget to bring your laptop, tablet, or phone.

New Teacher Education Assistant and Fall 2016 Hours

The Center for History Teaching Learning is pleased to announce our new Teacher Education Assistant and operating hours for the fall of 2016.

Kathryn Guerra is a student in the History Department’s M.A. program. She is also certified to teach history in the state of Texas and ready to answer questions from those currently in the process of becoming certified.

You can visit her in the Center’s Resource Room during the hours listed below to check out a textbook, prepare for qualifying or certification exams, get advice, or peruse our many resources for teaching history at all levels.


Welcome Kathryn!

Fall 2016: Monday 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 11:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday By appointment
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Thanks to the students of “Age of Jackson: 1815-1850”

I greatly appreciate all of these outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom are teachers and future teachers, for making “Age of Jackson: 1815-1850” such a fun and challenging course!



Future Social Studies Teachers

The future is bright for Texas school districts and school children, as 12 UTEP undergraduates successfully completed HIST 4330: Teaching History/Social Studies.  This course serves as a capstone experience for pre-service secondary history and social studies teachers as they prepare to become state-certified.



U.S. War with Mexico Symposium and Lesson Plan Contest Winners

On Saturday, April 9th, UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning, with a grant from Humanities Texas, sponsored a talk by Dr. Sam Haynes from the University of Texas at Arlington titled “Why they Fought: Nationalism, Honor, and Military Service in the U.S.-Mexico War.”  This well-attended event was followed by a reception and the announcement of the symposium’s lesson plan contest winners.  Congratulations to the following:

1st Place: Eduardo Hinojos, Americas High School

2nd Place: Aaron Waggoner, UTEP

3rd Place: Joanna Camacho Escobar, UTEP

Honorable Mention: Kevin Guay, UTEP

Many thanks to Sam Haynes and to all of those who submitted lesson plans and attended the symposium!


HTX - Final

Americas High School Spring Teaching Retreat

On Tuesday, March 15th, UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning offered a full-day teacher institute for the social studies faculty at Americas and Eastlake High Schools.  The institute emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective teaching strategies.  Thank you to all of the teachers in attendance and to the UTEP faculty who participated!