Professor of History and American Studies
University of Mary Washington
Teaching with Technology Recipient
Jeffrey W. McClurken is Professor and Chair of the Department of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington (UMW), where he has taught since 1999, and from which he graduated with his B.A. in 1994. He received a M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. McClurken is a leading advocate for integrating technology into teaching undergraduate students. He teaches classes on an array of U.S. history topics, including Civil War and Reconstruction, American technology and culture, digital history, women's history, and history and film. Dr. McClurken is currently team-teaching Century America, a class that engages students from eleven public liberal arts institutions in creating a digital project examining the experiences of Americans during the Great War.
Dr. McClurken’s research areas include the history of the Civil War, veterans, families, the Pinkertons, mental institutions, the 19th-Century American South, and the digital humanities. His 2009 University of Virginia Press book, Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing the Confederate Veteran Family in Virginia, analyzes the human impact of the Civil War and the evolution of Southern social welfare.
Dr. McClurken has written essays for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker column and the U.S. Department of Education-funded TeachingHistory.org site, and has published articles related to teaching with technology in Hack the Academy, A Different Kind of Web, Learning through Digital Media, and the Journal of the Association of History and Computing. He regularly conducts workshops on teaching with technology for faculty at other institutions and national and regional conferences. He sits on the review board for the Journal of Instructional Technology and Pedagogy and is the Digital History Reviews editor for the Journal of American History.
The Princeton Review named Dr. McClurken one of The Best 300 Professors in 2012 and his lectures and classes have been featured on C-SPAN and NPR’s With Good Reason. Dr. McClurken received UMW’s Topher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2012 and he currently chairs the school’s President’s Technology Advisory Council.
"I love seeing what students can do if you push them out of their comfort zone while also providing them with support and opportunities to approach, both creatively and rigorously, the study of history. I love my job."