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.
United States History I and II
World Civilizations II
Health, Medicine & Society
US Disability History
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
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.
-spring 2019 student evaluation excerpts
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!)
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.