The Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Sets K-12 Educators on a Path of Career Advancement
New York, NY, January 20, 2023 – The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Gettysburg College offer an affordable, fully online master’s degree program—led by renowned, award-winning historians—that brings together the leading non-profit American history organization and one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. The program is open to K–12 educators, librarians, district supervisors, National Park Service employees, and museum professionals, with a full slate of 3-credit graduate courses offered each fall, spring, and summer semester.
Teachers who have enrolled in the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History have seen their careers advance significantly—whether in their existing roles, in transitioning into administrative roles, or even moving into academia and public service.
Here are a few examples of educators who have professionally benefited from the MA program:
New Jersey teacher and current MA student Kevin Conn has published two articles in the Journal of the American Revolution over the course of his studies. “The Lenape Origins of an Independent America: The Catalyst of Pontiac’s War, 1763–1765,” which he originally researched for the MA program course American Indian History, can be found here.
“My experience with GLI,” said Conn, “has been exciting and has gotten me back into the habit of not only doing meaningful research, but also pulling my thoughts together and putting them into concrete form on paper. After twenty-seven years of being an autodidact, it was a welcome and valuable experience to be a student once more, as well as a teacher.”
Joe Refinski, a current student and New Jersey teacher, was selected as the New Jersey Vietnam Memorial Foundation 2022 Teacher of the Year. His work on the Vietnam War was particularly inspired by the Vietnam War course offered through the master’s program taught by Harvard professor Fredrik Logevall.
Texas teacher Ruth Baxter was selected to present at the 2022 conference “Understanding the Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence in the Public Imagination” hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her panel was organized by Dr. Jennifer Seman, lead scholar for the Gettysburg–GLI Capstone in American History.
Recent graduate Andrea Roseborough-Eberhard was inspired by Professor Kellie Carter Jackson’s Black Women’s History course and cites the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History as part of her inspiration to campaign to represent most of Hudson County, New Jersey, in the US House of Representatives in the Democratic primary in June 2022. In addition to being a history teacher, she is also the marketing chair on the New Jersey Amistad Commission.
Recent graduate Kim Denning-Knapp published an article in the Texas Council for the Social Studies’ journal, The Texan, titled “Diez y Seis in Memory and Meaning,” which addresses the meaning of Mexican Independence Day for Mexican American people living in Texas.
Graduate Jennifer Goss recently began a full-time position as a program manager for Echoes & Reflections, an educational program on the Holocaust. Goss has been a high school history teacher for nineteen years, and through this new position she works with educators across the country teaching their students about the Holocaust.
Graduate Jaime Licon found that earning his master’s degree opened up new opportunities for his career. He is now teaching at San Jacinto College, a community college in Houston, Texas, after moving on from his K–12 teaching position.
Every year more graduates report back on their accomplishments, happily acknowledging that these achievements have been made possible through the MA program.
“This master’s degree program is designed to give teachers access to the highest-quality professors—Pulitzer Prize and other award winners—at a price they can afford while teaching. For educators everywhere, it is potentially transformative both personally and professionally,” said Gilder Lehrman Institute president James Basker.
Applications are now open. Visit gilderlehrman.org/Gettysburg to learn more and apply for the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994 by Lewis E. Lehrman and the late Richard Gilder, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the Council of Independent Colleges, and the National Daughters of the American Revolution.
About Gettysburg College
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
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