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David Voelker

David Voelker
Associate Professor
TH 377
(920) 465-2491

Education: B.A., Hanover College; M.A., Ph.D., Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Leadership Positions:

  • Co-Director, Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program (UW System)
  • Co-Director, Teaching Scholars Program (UWGB)

Articles and Essays:
  • "Designing a Question-Driven U.S. History Course," co-authored with Anthony Armstrong, OAH Magazine of History 27 (July 2013): 19–24.
  • “The End of the History Survey Course: The Rise and Fall of the Coverage Model,” co-authored with Joel M. Sipress, Journal of American History 97 (March 2011): 1050–1066.
  • “Thomas Paine’s Civil Religion of Reason,” in The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life, pp. 171–195, edited by Daniel Dreisbach, Mark Hall, and Jeffry Morrison (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009).
  • “Church Building and Social Class on the Urban Frontier: The Refinement of Lexington, 1784–1830,”Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 106 (Spring 2008): 191–229.
  • “From Learning History to Doing History: Beyond the Coverage Model,” co-authored with Joel Sipress, in Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind,pp. 19–35, edited by Regan Gurung, Nancy Chick, and Aeron Haynie (Stylus Publishing, 2008).
  • “Cincinnati’s Infernal Regions Exhibit and the Waning of Calvinist Authority,”American Nineteenth Century History 9 (September 2008): 219–39.
  • “Assessing Student Understanding in Introductory Courses: A Sample Strategy,” History Teacher 41 (August 2008): 505–18.
  • “Religious Sects and Social Reform,” in Perspectives in American Social History Series: Jacksonian and Antebellum Eras, pp. 95–115, ed. Mark R. Cheathem (Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2008).
Selected Brief Essays:Selected Awards:
  • Spring 2014 UWGB Research Scholar
  • Co-Winner of the 2012 Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award (for "The End of the History Survey Course," co-authored with Joel M. Sipress)
  • Teaching Scholar, UWGB, 2011-12
  • Grant in Aid of Research, UWGB, 2011
  • Instructional Development Award, UWGB, 2008-09
  • Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, UW System, 2006-2007
  • Grant for Integrating Research and Teaching, UWGB, 2005-06
  • Teaching Scholar, UWGB, 2004-05
  • “Beyond Coverage: Backward Design for Disciplinary Thinking,” with Joel Sipress, University of Wisconsin–Superior, August 19, 2013.
  • “An Introduction to Scholarly Teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” Faculty College, Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), UW System, Richland Center, WI, May 29–31, 2013.
  • “Getting Started Doing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” Faculty College, Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), UW System, Richland Center, WI, May 30–June 1, 2012.
Recent Conference Presentations:
  • “The Rise and Fall of the Coverage Model: A Brief History,” Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI, April 21, 2012.
  • “The Coverage Model and the Discipline of History: A Century of Critique,” Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, Oct. 8, 2011.
  • “Using Authentic Assignments to Promote Problem-Based Learning,” Teaching Writing Effectively in Any Course (Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Faculty Workshop, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, Aug. 24, 2011.
  • “The Conundrum of Coverage: Is There an Alternative Way to Teach History,” Wisconsin Academy for the Study of American History, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, June 27, 2011.
  • Panel Participant, “Fusing First Nations Studies Across Disciplines,” 2011 President’s Summit on Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI, April 14, 2011.