University of Oklahoma

Summer Institute for Teachers on Oklahoma History

Please be aware the 2018 meeting of the Summer Institute has been cancelled. If you have questions, please contact the History Department at 405-325-6002.

May 29 – June 1, 2018

The Department of History at the University of Oklahoma is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers on Oklahoma History. Funded through the generous estate of an endeared member of the history teaching profession in the state, the Summer Institute will be for high school teachers of Oklahoma History on how they can change/improve/add to what they teach, and how teachers and students can look critically at the state’s history and how it has been interpreted. Concepts will include new and innovative ways to teach about Oklahoma’s:
• geography and environmental history
• Native American past and present-day experiences
• history of newcomer settlers
• history of natural resources (coal, oil, natural gas, agriculture)
• history of race and the Civil Rights movement
• 20th-century urban history
• diverse popular culture history

Emphasis will be on promoting the use of oral history and primary research in the classroom. Participants will get hands-on experience using OU’s exceptional resources at the Western History Collections, the Charles M. Russell Center, and the Carl Albert Center.

The Institute will be for 4 days of instruction with 4 nights of lodging provided on campus. (Participants from Norman or the OKC metro area usually choose to stay at home and commute.) It will include a field trip and several guest speakers. It is designed to be for a select group of 15 teachers, each of whom will all have all lodging, meals, and expenses (excluding their own transportation to and from Norman) paid. In addition, each participant will receive a stipend of $225.00 per day ($900 total) for their time to attend the Institute. Admission will be based on the following criteria (but if not admitted one year, it is certainly encouraged to apply another):
• Geographical mix from around the state
• Mixed variety of teaching experiences
• Letters of recommendation from host principals
• A 500- to 700-word essay explaining how participants could benefit from the Summer Institute.

Click here for application information and form. Application deadline is Apr. 30, 2018.


Institute Director

The director of the Summer Institute is Dr. Sterling Evans of the O.U. Department of History. Dr. Evans was a high school teacher for nine years before pursuing graduate work in History at the University of Kansas. He holds the department’s Chair in Oklahoma, Southern Plains, and Borderlands History that was endowed by the same benefactor that has funded the Summer Institute. His responsibilities include teaching the History of Oklahoma class as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in Western history, environmental history, and borderlands history. He also has a special interest in agricultural history. Visit Dr. Evans' website here.

Photos provided by the Western History Collections at the University of Oklahoma