Announcing the History Survey Project

November 29, 2011

El Paso, Texas – The Center for History Teaching & Learning is pleased to announce the History Survey Project. The History Survey Project (HSP) aims to explore, understand, and improve the teaching of U.S. history survey courses by uniting practical experience with recent findings from the scholarship of teaching and learning. Over the course of 18 months, selected El Paso-area history teachers will receive intellectual and financial support to revise their survey courses, producing a variety of instructional materials along the way. The project will also bring several internationally-renowned scholars on history teaching to El Paso to instruct participants. Teachers of college-level U.S. history courses (including AP, dual credit, and early college) are invited to apply.

In the state of Texas, all college students are required to complete six hours of U.S. history coursework and these “survey” courses serve as the primary training for future high school teachers. Unfortunately, survey courses vary widely in scope and quality. In the first place, they are taught in five different institutional settings: universities, community colleges, early college high schools, dual credit classrooms, and AP history classes. Additional variation derives from the fact that the courses are also taught in face-to-face, online, and hybrid instructional venues. Furthermore, there is virtually no coordination across the different settings and venues in regards to such crucial elements as course design, student expectations, teacher training, or instructional methods. Accordingly, a national survey found that most Americans described their history classes as “boring” or “irrelevant.” The History Survey Project (HSP) will produce instructional materials that can be used by all faculty who simultaneously survey the past and prepare Americans for the future.

The History Survey Project is funded by a generous grant from the Texas Faculty Collaborative for Social Studies.  The collaborative is directed by Dr. Andrew Milson of the University of Texas at Arlington and is an initiative of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. HSP is co-directed by UTEP professors Bradley J. Cartwright and Keith A. Erekson and supported by the Center for History Teaching & Learning. The Center for History Teaching & Learning is a division of UTEP’s History Department created to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, support teacher education among our students, and provide outreach and professional development opportunities for area social studies teachers.

For more information, please visit, send an email to, or call 915-747-5878.


History Survey Project website

Application for HSP Fellows

Center for History Teaching & Learning

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