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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of History


UW-Whitewater is located in southeastern Wisconsin in a small town, within 1-2 hours driving distance from Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. Situated near several lakes and the Kettle-Moraine state forest, the town of Whitewater has 14,000 permanent residents. Madison, less than an hour from UW-W is both the state capitol and home of the University of Wisconsin. The Madison metropolitan area, set amidst three lakes, is home to nearly 500,000 people and consistently rated one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. Located on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, an hour from campus, is one of the nation's 30 largest cities with 1.7 million residents in the metropolitan area. Both Madison and Milwaukee are home to a wide range of cultural and civic organizations. Many faculty at UW-W choose to live in Madison or Milwaukee; there are carpooling opportunities for those interested.

Chicago, 2 hours from campus, has been designated a "global city" in a recent study of the world's most influential urban centers. The city and its surrounding communities are home to a richly diverse American population. Over a third of the population is African American; over one quarter is Hispanic or Latino. One in five Chicagoans are foreign-born; the city is home to large communities of old as well as new immigrant groups (Irish, Italian, Polish, Serbian, Greek, Arab, South Asian, Latin American). The metropolis is also home to Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

UW-Whitewater & UW-System

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a comprehensive, mid-size school (12,000), attracting most of its student population from an 80-mile radius. Established in 1868 as a teacher-training college, many of the University's largest programs (e.g. business, accounting, education) remain professionally oriented. Students most frequently are from suburban and small-town areas; they arrive with test scores well within the mid-range of the ACT scale.

UW-W benefits significantly from membership in the University of Wisconsin System, one of the leading state university systems in the United States. Partly as a result of statewide rationalization a generation ago, the UW-System allows its 26 member schools (13 two-year and 13 four-year campuses) far greater resources and opportunities than would otherwise be available. Included are system-wide programs for teaching improvement, research support in targeted areas, and shared library resources.

History Department & Teaching

The History Department has 11 current tenure/tenure-track faculty members. Faculty research and teaching specialties reach around the globe (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe) and span a range of thematic fields. One half of the faculty has been hired since 2007.

The 240 UW-W History Majors choose between three tracks of study: history, public history, or secondary education. Class size ranges from 20 (in upper-level seminars) to 40-45 (in lower-level survey courses). All classrooms at UW-W have state-of-the-art instructional technology.

Teaching Innovation & Collegiality

The History Department has consciously sought to build a faculty with a shared commitment to outstanding teaching. Incoming faculty have been active participants in department, campus and UW system programs in teaching and curriculum development. The result has created an ongoing effort to teach historical thinking and writing skills in a more systematic, challenging, and rewarding manner. This, in turn, has fostered a strong sense of collegiality and the department is known as a campus leader in successfully integrating writing and critical skill development into its curriculum.

Financial Support for Research & Teaching Projects

As a member of the UW-System, UW-Whitewater offers faculty an abundance of internal funding sources for research and teaching development. Presently these include:

  • Annual $1000-$1800 allocations to all faculty members for professional development (conference) travel
  • Faculty Development Grant Program to fund research trips
  • A well-funded Sabbatical Program
  • College of Letters and Sciences Research Reassignment program to provide up to 50% course release
  • Campus grant program (Inclusive Excellence) and UW-System grants (Institute on Race and Ethnicity) for course development and campus programs dealing with U.S. race and ethnic relations.
  • Several annual grant programs administered through the UW-System in support of curricular and research development

A comprehensive listing of funding opportunities during the past year is available at

UW-Whitewater & UW-System Library Resources

UW-System schools have worked closely to maximize access to traditional electronic library materials. Especially notable is the Universal Borrowing System allowing virtually complete access to the holdings of university libraries across the state; delivery takes 2-5 business days. Faculty research benefits from the world-class holdings of UW-Madison, while history students are now expected to utilize the entire system's resource base at their disposal.

UW-Whitewater faculty are given a significant voice in the campus library's collection development. Incoming faculty are strongly encouraged to update and further develop collections within their area of expertise.

The UW-W library is also the site of an Area Research Center, a cooperative venture between the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society. There are thirteen Area Research Centers located throughout the state which contain local government records and manuscripts for designated groups of counties. Each ARC may borrow materials from the others for the use of its patrons.

Additional Archival Resources beyond UW-Whitewater

  • Wisconsin Historical Society (Madison, WI) holds the largest library collection in the United States focused on the history of North America, including an extensive collection American newspapers
  • The Newberry Library's (Chicago, IL) collection of 1.5 million books, 5 million manuscript pages, and 300,000 historic maps covers a wide range of subject matter, focused on "the history and culture of Western Europe and the Americas," including the eras of European contact, Native American history, the history of the Midwest and the history of printing.