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Dr. Richard Hughes

Professor
History
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH 302B
Office Hours
Spring 2024 MW 12:30-1:30 pm and By Appointment
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research

Current Courses

136.002History Of The United States Since 1865

285.099History Study Abroad

133.099Study Abroad: History and Urban Life in Western Europe

290.001History-Social Science Teaching Methodology I

290.002History-Social Science Teaching Methodology I

290.003History-Social Science Teaching Methodology I

Teaching Interests & Areas

Professor Hughes teaches courses in both United States history and history education and currently serves as the director of the Secondary History and Social Sciences program. Before obtaining his graduate degrees, he taught history, government, and economics at Southern High School in Durham, North Carolina and has served as a reader for the College Board's Advanced Placement U.S. History exam. His research interests include twentieth-century social and cultural American history and the scholarship of teaching and learning with a focus on the evolving disciplinary understandings of history teachers and teacher candidates. He has published book chapters and articles in The Oral History Review, The Historian, The History Education Research Journal, The History Teacher, Social Education, The Social Studies, and Social Studies Research and Practice. He has also served on the editorial board of Teaching History: A Journal of Methods. Most recently, he has co-authored a chapter on teaching history in the United States and the United Kingdom in The International Review of History Education.

Research Interests & Areas

20th Century America Social History, History Education

Ph D History

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

MA History

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Other

St. Edward's University
Austin, Texas

BA Political Science

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Influential and Inspirational Teaching Award

Department of History
2022

Influential and Inspirational Teacher Award

Department of History
2022

Influential and Inspirational Faculty Award

Department of History
2021

Impact Award

University College, Ilinois State University
2021

Influential and Inspirational Faculty Award

Department of History
2020

Influential and Inspirational Faculty Award

Department of History
2020

Influential and Inspirational Faculty Award

Department of History
2019

Influential and Inspirational Teaching Award

2018

Nomination - Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

Baylor University
2018

Outstanding University Teacher Award

Illinois State University
2018

Book Review

Hughes, R. Review of Going to College in the Sixties, by John Thelin. Jessamyn Neuhaus (EDs). Teaching History: A Journal of Methods 47 (2022): 69-70.
Hughes, R. The First Code Talkers: Native American Communicators in World War I. Great Plains Quarterly 41.1-2 (2022): 170-171.
Hughes, R. Tiny You: A Western History of the Anti-Abortion Movement. Benjamin H.Irvin (EDs). Journal of American History 108.4 (2022): 879-880.
Hughes, R. Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine that Rewrote America. Sarah Drake Brown (EDs). Teaching History: A Journal of Methods 46.1 (2021): 37-39.
Hughes, R. The Great Texas Social Studies War of 1961-1962. Shirley Marie McCarther (EDs). American Educational History Review 48.1 (2021): 83-87.

Book, Chapter

Hughes, R., & Brown, S. “Teaching History in a Place with a Different History: Theory, Policy, and Practice in England and the United States,”. Bain et al. (EDs), History Education and Historical Enquiry. International Review of History Education 10 (2023)
Hughes, R., Hawkins, M., & Lopez, K. History, Literacy, and Popular Culture: Using Graphic Novels to Teach the Struggle for Racial Justice. Edward Janek and Ludovic A. Sourdot (EDs), Educating through Popular Culture: “You’re Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics". Lexington Books (2017)

Journal Article

Hughes, R., & Shields, T. Propaganda and the 1936 Olympics: History, News Literacy, and Selling Nazi Germany to American Tourists. Jennie Bauduy (EDs). Social Education 85.3 (2021): 180-185.
Richard Hughes and Sarah Drake Brown. Collective memory and historical narratives: The African American civil rights movement. History Education Research Journal. Vol. 18(2):166-182. DOI: 10.14324/HERJ.18.2.03
Hughes, R. Why Teach History. Grace Leatherman (EDs). History Matters 32.6 (2020)
Hughes, R., & Mendoza, N. Assessment in the History Classroom. Teaching History: A Journal of Methods 44.2 (2019): 51-56.
Hughes, R. New Guidelines for SoTL in History: A Discipline Considers the SoTL Turn?. Teaching History: A Journal of Methods 44.2 (2019): 34-43.

Presentations

“Education Programs, History Departments, and the Current State of K–12 Teacher Preparation,”. American Historical Association. (2024)
Reorienting the Past: Reimagining a Survey Course Amid Calls for ‘Uncoverage.’. Teaching and Learning Symposium. Illinois State University. (2024)
Teaching History in a Place with a Different History: Theory, Policy, and Practice in the United States and England. American Historical Association. (2024)
Collaborating to Engage and Enhance The Visual Literacy Skills of Pre-Service History Teachers. IVLA 2023 Annual Conference. International Visual Literacy Association. (2023)
“Reorienting the Past: The Impact of a Survey Course on Teaching and Learning History.”. SoTL Commons. (2023)
SoTL Research and the Tenure and Promotion of Historians. Annual Meeting. American Historical Association. (2022)
What Does a History Teacher Do?: Knowing, Understanding, and Enacting the Work of Teaching History. History teachers’ epistemic considerations A symposium on how teachers make sense of histo. University of Umea. (2022)
Civil Rights and Historical Narratives: Assessing Students as Emerging Teachers. Annual Conference of the Organization of American Historians. Organization of American Historians. (2021)
Teaching LGBTQ + History: An Inclusive Approach. Annual Spring Symposium on Teaching History and the Social Sciences. Regional Office of Education, McLean County Museum of History, Department of History. (2020)
Encountering History and History Instruction: Perceptions of Emerging Teachers. SoTL Commons Conference: A Conference of Teaching and Learning. (2019)

Grants & Contracts

Reorienting the Past: Impact of a Survey course on Teaching and Learning History. Center for Integrated Faculty Development- SoTL Research Grants (URGs). Illinois State University. (2022)
College of Arts and Sciences International Travel Grant. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2019)
SoTL Travel Grant. Cross Chair for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Illinois State University. (2019)
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Travel Grant. Cross Chair for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Illinois State University. (2018)
History Teacher Candidates and Discipline-Specific Pedagogy: Theory, Policy, and Practice in England and the United States. Illinois State University: Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning , SoTL Mini-Grant, FY16. Illinois State University. (2015)