|(l to r) Victoria Cummins, Light Cummins, Jean Stuntz|
My wife Vicki and I earlier this week had the chance to visit with Dr. Jean Stuntz in her office at the History Department of West Texas A&M University in Canyon. We learned a lot from her about the current status of online history teaching. Dr. Stuntz is currently the President of H-Net, the massive and worldwide cooperative site that is the internet crossroads for the historical profession in the United States and around the globe. As its website notes, H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Dr. Stuntz is a trailblazer in using the Web for university-level history teaching. She believes that students learn best when she gets them started and then stays out of their way. She has therefore created online classes in all of her teaching fields so students around the world can get acquainted with Texas history, U.S. women's history, and the Spanish Borderlands. She uses the latest technology and modern teaching methods to allow students the widest choice of learning options and thus increase their ownership of learning. Born and raised in Orange, Texas, Dr. Jean Stuntz received her B.A. and J.D. from Baylor University and Baylor Law School in Waco. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in Denton. Dr. Stuntz began teaching at West Texas A&M in the fall of 2001. She is the author of the book His, Hers, and Theirs: Community Property Law in Spain and Early Texas, (2005), which won the La Presido Bahia and TOMFRA awards. She also authored a chapter on Minta Holmsley in Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, (2006), winner of the Liz Carpenter award, and her articles include "Women of the Texas Revolution" in the Social Studies Texan (2007) and "Prairies to Progress: Women on the Texas Panhandle Frontier" also in the Social Studies Texan (2009). She is currently working on a book about women pioneers of the Panhandle. Dr. Stuntz teaches Texas history, U.S. women's history, Spanish Southwest, historical methods, U.S. history surveys, and world history -- and in so doing she is never far from a computer.
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