Teaching

Student Supervision

Peter Kitay, M.A. Major Research Paper: “Hydraulic Imperialism: An Environmental History of Treaty No. 9 and Lake Abitibi (1896-1919),” School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University.

Instructor

First Year Program 187D (Canadian Studies) – The St. Lawrence Seaway. St. Lawrence University. August 2012-December 2012.

Co-teaching (with Robert Thacker, Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies) a Canadian Studies course in the First Year Program (FYP) program that focuses on the transnational history and culture of the St. Lawrence valley. FYP is a unique co-taught interdisciplinary course which is the keystone of St. Lawrence University’s liberal arts education, with students taking the course from all disciplines across the arts and sciences. Teaching in the FYP also involves acting as the adviser for students. This course involves both a lecture and seminar component, as well as an extensive field trips in the St. Lawrence Valley.

History 4302S/5312S – Topics in Canadian History: Canadian Environmental History. Carleton University. May 2012-August 2012.

In this Honours/graduate seminar students engaged not only the wider environmental history of Canada, and North America, but field trips in and around Ottawa allowed students to connect readings and ideas with place and practice. Given the abundance of water in Canada, and the range of canals and hydro-electric developments close to Ottawa, the theme of water in Canadian history received special attention. Students were required to do extensive readings, present to the group, produce a major paper based on primary source research, and do either a community environmental history paper or a historiographical paper.

History 3904B – Topics in U.S. History: U.S.-Canadian Environmental Relations. Carleton University. January 2012-April 2012.

This involved designing and teaching a third-year course on the history of environmental relations between the United States and Canada that connected both transnational and environmental history. Focusing on the bilateral relationship since the 19th century, students learned about the key role natural resources and environmental issues have played in the Canadian-American relationship. The course dealt with issues such as the International Joint Commission (IJC), especially those connected to boundary waters such as the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, the Great Lakes, and the Columbia River treaty. In addition, it also dealt with a wide range of other issues such as air pollution, fisheries, oil/gas, the Arctic, and acid rain. This course involved training at Library and Archives Canada, and students were strongly encouraged to use primary sources for their research papers.

History 2100C – The Historian’s Craft. University of Ottawa. January 2010-April 2010.

Designed and taught a second-year course on historiography and historical research methods. For this course, I helped develop a pilot program with the Education Division of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to introduce and familiarize university students with archival sources and research methods, which involved the students attending three classes at LAC and submitting assignments based on their archival research. I also elected to utilize the Experiential Learning Service (ESL) option, whereby students could choose to undertake a community-based historical research project – Community Learning Service (CLS) – with non-profit organizations (museum, archive, community association, etc.), an opportunity that allowed students to apply their historical studies to real-world situations in ways that benefit their community.

 

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