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Dr. Daniel Rogers

2006 USA Teaching Excellence Award Winners


Name: Daniel E. Rogers,
- Associate Professor
Department: History
Year joined USA: 1991

Educational Background: Dr. Rogers graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in history and German minor and obtained his masters and doctoral degrees in modern European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Academic pursuits
: “For reasons that aren't quite clear to me, I’ve been interested in the history of Germany and World War II for most of my life. As an undergraduate, I studied German and spent a year in Germany. I returned determined to learn more about German history. In graduate school and most of the years beyond, I researched and wrote about Germany’s recovery from the Second World War. A nation of 80 million at the geographic, political, and economic center of Europe, Germany not only fascinated me, but also seemed worthy of writing and teaching about.

“Recently I’ve developed a new research project about the era during which I first became aware of Germany. I’m focusing on a clash between terrorism, democracy, and liberty in Germany in the 1970’s that culminated in murders, kidnappings, skyjackings, rescues, and suicides in the fall of 1977. I believe that autumn was the moment when Germany proved that it could reconcile security and order with freedom and democracy, a challenge the Germans had failed to meet during the decade of Hitler’s rise to power. The events of 1977 can therefore form an explanation for Germany’s success and its consolidation as a liberal democracy at the core of a stable, prosperous, democratic, and free European Union.”

Courses: History of Western Civilization, Modern Germany, Europe since 1918, Hitler & Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, World War I and World War II, and The Cold War.

Teaching philosophy: “Set a good example (especially regarding punctuality, openness to thoughtful suggestions, and willingness to do extra work). Be willing to say ‘I don’t know’ every time it’s true. Insist on respect for the learning environment and the subject, but always be willing to laugh.”

Secret of success as a teacher: “Empathy.”

Favorite quote on knowledge: “If you know exactly what you’re going to do, what’s the point in doing it?” – Pablo Picasso

Dr. Marsha Hamilton
  Dr. Marsha Hamilton: Bridging the Atlantic to Bring American History to British Universities

Dr. Marsha Hamilton, University of South Alabama Assistant Professor in History, accepted a coveted invitation to travel to Cambridge and Oxford last February to deliver a lecture to each university's Postgraduate Seminar in American History. more>>

2005 College of Arts & Sciences Annual Report

During the fall semester of 2004, the History department participated in a series of events, cosponsored by Mobile United and the USA History Department and the College of Arts and Sciences to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. more>>
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