Teaching

 
 

Sarah has been teaching since 2010 - first earning her MSEd in secondary social studies education and student teaching in 7, 11, and 12 grade classrooms. For the past nine years, Sarah has been teaching at the post-secondary level.

Courses Taught

  • United States History I and II

  • World Civilizations II

  • Historical Writing

  • Health, Medicine & Society

  • US Disability History

  • Eugenics

  • Civil War and Reconstruction

  • War and Memory

  • The Body at War

  • Feminist Theory of the Body

  • Doctors, Disease, and Death

  • Justice and Democracy: Struggles for Social Justice

They found books, too!

They found books, too!

Learning By Doing

Sarah’s Historical Writing course gets students out of the classroom to learn first-hand each and every step of the writing process. This starts in the library. With additional guidance from UB Social Sciences subject librarian Michael Kicey, PhD, historical writing students complete a scavenger hunt and numerous research workshops as they get ready to write their final research projects.

In other courses, the lecture-and-reading format is supplemented in other ways. In Fall 2018, for example, Sarah’s Civil War and Reconstruction students had the opportunity to video chat with Lesley Gordon, PhD, about her book A Broken Regiment, which they read during class. Students not only got a deeper understanding of the book, but also a glimpse into the process of doing history from a ‘real’ historian.

“Dr. Handley-Cousins is one of the friendliest, most approachable people I’ve ever met in academia.”

“History can be dry and linear, but the professor was animated and genuinely interested in what she was teaching, which made me feel the same way.”

“So much fun to listen and learn from, I always enjoyed coming to class.”

-spring 2019 student evaluation excerpts

University at Buffalo’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at the 2019 Annual PAT Conference

University at Buffalo’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at the 2019 Annual PAT Conference

Invested in Students

Sarah isn’t just invested in her students’ academic success, but their well-being. Her door is always open, so to speak, so students can seek extra help, ask for advice, or just stop to chat. (Even if that sometimes means skipping lunch!)

Proving that students  can  find a physical copy of the Chicago Manual of Style!

Proving that students can find a physical copy of the Chicago Manual of Style!

Buffalove

Although most folks just associate it with bitter temps, there’s so much more to Western New York. Historical Writing students delve deep into local history as they research and write over the course of a semester. Past projects have tackled subjects like the Underground Railroad, Buffalo’s brewing history, and Love Canal.

Historical Writing students posing by the Circulation Desk to prove on Instagram that they completed their Scavenger Hunt!

Historical Writing students posing by the Circulation Desk to prove on Instagram that they completed their Scavenger Hunt!

Students in the Fall 2018 Civil War and Reconstruction class talk with historian Lesley Gordon, PhD about her book,  A Broken Regiment.

Students in the Fall 2018 Civil War and Reconstruction class talk with historian Lesley Gordon, PhD about her book, A Broken Regiment.