UTPB Online Faculty
Dr. Roland Spickermann
"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."
- Ph.D. — University of Michigan, 1994
- B.A. — University of California at Berkeley, 1984
- Book review editor for "Nationalities Papers"
- Outstanding Teacher Award, 2017
- Fulbright Fellow, 2006
In which online degree program do you teach?
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.