I’m Kevin Gannon, and I serve as Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. I’m a total geek for History, pedagogy, and technology–particularly where the three intersect. I’m in higher education because I believe in its emancipatory and democratizing potential, and I’ll gladly join anyone advocating for those things at the barricades.
My scholarly passions are nineteenth-century history (particularly the United States and the Americas), historiography and theory, and critical pedagogy. My teaching ranges widely: Civil War and Reconstruction; Colonial America and the Atlantic World; Latin American history; Research Methods and Historiography; and the History of Capitalism are in my regular rotation, along with our survey-level offerings in US history and the Medieval World. I also work with first-year and at-risk students, which is some of the most rewarding stuff I’ve done in my career. I am a consultant and speaker for a range of topics, listed below, and have been invited to give presentations and facilitate workshops at campuses and conferences throughout the United States. In this work, I endeavor to bring passion, humor, and interactivity to my audiences. I am also delighted to work with smaller groups of students, individual classes, or selected groups of faculty and staff on these campus visits.
In my current role, I work closely with my colleagues in the faculty, staff, and administration to promote excellence and innovation in teaching. I’m a fierce advocate for professional development, active learning, scholarly teaching, good technology, social justice, movable furniture, and humor in any environment.
Presentations, Training, and Workshops: I give talks and facilitate workshops across the country and enjoy working with groups of students, faculty, and staff. My primary areas of expertise and experience are:
- the Americas in the nineteenth century, particularly the US Civil War and Reconstruction Eras.
- race, history, and diversity
- integrating teaching and technology
- online teaching and learning
Additionally, I can speak and facilitate sessions on a range of pedagogical topics like course design, flipped learning, teaching with primary sources, and inclusive pedagogy. I’m always excited for opportunities to share experiences and perspectives with colleagues.
You can hear my recent conversation on the Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast (August 4, 2016) HERE
For queries, scheduling, and rates, please feel free to contact me at 515.263.6102 or firstname.lastname@example.org (references available on request)
Click HERE for my current c.v.
[Photo by Takahiro Omura, Grinnell College Scarlet and Black]
I appeared in 13th, a Netflix original documentary directed by Ava DuVernay
Democracy Now featured the film, and the issues it poses, on Oct. 3; Malkia Cyril and I were interviewed by Amy Goodman on Oct. 3, 2016.
On the day after the film’s premiere at the New York Film Festival, I had the honor to participate in a panel discussion with Khalil G. Muhammad, Jelani Cobb, Malkia Cyril, and Ashley Clark. You can see the session here: