Cameron University Department of History & Government Receives Grant to Host Teacher Institute

The Cameron University Department of History and Government will host a teacher institute titled "Heartlands At Home and Abroad" on the CU campus from June 8-12. The CU teacher institute is part of a new program funded by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. "Heartlands At Home and Abroad" will allow high school teachers from across Oklahoma to explore the connections of Oklahoma and the Midwestern region of the United States to heartlands around the world, including those found in northern China, the Punjab region of Pakistan and India, the Black Earth region of Russia and Ukraine, the Pampas of Argentina and the wheat belts of Germany and France.

"Cameron is proud to serve as the host organization for this Teacher Institute, which will offer teachers from across the state an extraordinary opportunity to consider the cultural dynamics that shape the regions we know as heartlands," says Dr. Von Underwood, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. "Faculty members Dr. Douglas Catterall and Dr. Tony Wohlers, in collaboration with faculty at Cameron, Northwest Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State University and the University of Oklahoma, have put together a wonderful program." 

The institute will provide a unique opportunity for these educators to consider different approaches to the history, politics, and geography of these regions in the classroom that stress their uniqueness as well as their interconnectedness.  Teacher-participants will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with field experts who will lead mini-seminars on each world region and guide the participants on field trips and in developing a portfolio of lessons encapsulating each participant's own approach to heartlands. 

All participants in the institute will receive a certificate of participation documenting the contact hours of instruction time they will receive.  Teacher participants will be able to present this certificate to their professional development coordinator at the district level to receive the professional development credit to which this number of contact hours entitles them.  In addition, housing, meals, and course materials will be provided to participants at no cost, and participants will also receive a stipend to cover travel expenses.

Applications for the Teacher Institute are being accepted through April 15.

A detailed agenda and more information is available at

For more information on the Teacher Institute contact, Dr. Douglas Catterall at 580-581-2949 or


March 4, 2009