Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. in History, University of Notre Dame; MAP in Journalism, University of
experience: 2009-present, Clarke University; 2002-08, Muscatine Community
Teaching is a partnership between student and instructor. It is the teacher’s
job to share his/her passion for the subject and to show the student why the
material is worth their time. In return, it is the student’s job to learn by making
the effort to actively engage with the subject.
Clarke’s impact on
Michael: Clarke is very student-centered, so I work hard to think of my
students first when I am teaching or advising. This might mean crafting
assignments or activities that will grab their interest or designing projects
that they can use later in their professional lives.
Michael’s impact on
students: I work hard to show them that I care about them, both as students
and as people.
Movie – The Royal Tenenbaums
Book – Angle of
Repose by Wallace Stegner
Quote – “If you
wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Carl
Class in college –
Robert Kerby’s History of the Civil War at the University of Notre Dame. It was
Place traveled – My
favorite trips have been to Boston and Washington, D.C.
Hobby – I am a
very good amateur baker.