Interview With Exemplary Teachers: Nancy A. Hewitt

Rosenzweig, Roy; Leon, Sharon
May 2005
History Teacher;May2005, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p371
Academic Journal
This article presents an interview with Nancy A. Hewitt, professor of history and women's studies at Rutgers University, about history teaching. She became a historian by accident, but a history teacher by plan. She took a lot of history classes because she loved it. She started student teaching when she was at Syracuse University, New York (SUNY) in Brockport. Her next teaching stint was at the University of Pennsylvania as a teaching assistant. She taught courses on women and work, family and community history, an undergraduate theory of history course, women's rights in America, and nineteenth century U.S. history at the undergraduate level, and graduate courses on theory and methods in history and many others. Hewitt love teaching the American history survey. She also love teaching the comparative feminism course because it allows her to introduce women's and gender studies students to historical perspectives and to capture a new version of the activism/academic links that attracted her to graduate work. And her tips for new teachers, especially in survey courses, emerge from her thoughts on good teaching. New teachers must hone their best skills, find a comfort zone in the classroom so that they can learn to enjoy teaching and see it as intellectually challenging.


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