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Dr. Roland Spickermann

Dr. Roland Spickermann

Associate Professor

"History isn't about learning facts in isolation from each other; it's about learning the connections among them. Look for the connections and the facts will follow."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. — University of Michigan, 1994
  • B.A. — University of California at Berkeley, 1984

Career Highlights:

  • Book review editor for "Nationalities Papers"
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, 2017
  • Fulbright Fellow, 2006

In which online degree program do you teach?

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Which classes do you teach online?

World Civilizations 1300-Present; 19th-century Europe; French Revolution

What do you want your students to learn in your classes?

I want students to think more critically, write more clearly and gain greater perspective on the present.

Why did you start teaching?

I started as an adjunct instructor at Saginaw Valley State University in 1989, and then taught at the University of Detroit Mercy (1994-2001) before coming down to UTPB, where I have taught since 2001.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

History isn't about learning facts in isolation from each other; it's about learning the connections among them. Look for the connections and the facts will follow.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"How to Read a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler. No other book will teach you how to efficiently process and retain information as well.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I was in Berlin in 1989-1990 when the wall went down. It was a formative experience.

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