Dr. Elizabeth Pollard
Beth became a Faculty Fellow in 2019, but has been working closely with ITS since her arrival at SDSU in 2002. She was named an SDSU TechStar (yes, there was such a thing in 2006!) recognizing her experimental use of the newly-created Learning Research Studios and a People, Information and Computer Technology (pICT) Fellow for developing innovative computer pedagogy in History. She was named SDSU Senate Distinguished Professor in 2013 and has served both as Assessment Coordinator for the College of Arts and Letters (2009-2016) and as co-director of the CAL GE Project (2013-2015). Apart from her scholarly work on witches in Roman History and on World History to 1500CE, she has published on the use of Wikipedia and Twitter for teaching History. While she first taught a fully online course when she was finishing graduate school at UPenn in the late 1990s, she participated in the SDSU Course Design Institute in 2017 and taught her first fully online course at SDSU to 120 students in Summer 2019 (HIST100 — World History: Beginnings to 1500CE).
In the last few years, Beth has been collaborating with Digital Humanities Librarian Pamella Lach to explore ways to incorporate Digital Humanities into her teaching and research on Roman History in general and on witches in popular culture in particular. As an ITS Faculty Fellow, Beth is looking forward to drawing on her near twenty-years’-worth of experiences at SDSU to share course design and online teaching strategies with CDI participants, to help faculty develop SoTL approaches to their pedagogy, and to serve as a liaison between ITS and both the Digital Humanities Initiative and College of Arts and Letters.
Ph.D. in Ancient History (Roman and Greek History) from the University of Pennsylvania
Over the past 40 years (!), Beth has travelled to Japan, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Iceland, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Jordan (where she completed two excavation seasons in Aila). She’s excited to co-lead SDSU’s Florence Study Abroad program in Summer 2020.
Visualizing Roman History (2018-present), with Pam Lach at https://sites.google.com/sdsu.edu/hist503/
(See especially blog-posts on “backward design,” “micro-scaffolding,” rubric development and data visualization @ https://sites.google.com/sdsu.edu/hist503/blog-posts)
“Visualizing History in the Classroom: A Faculty Librarian Partnership in the Digital Age” with Pam Lach for New Review of Academic Librarianship (2019 issue entitled Innovations in Learning and Teaching in Academic Libraries); available at https://doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2019.1627562
“Tweeting on the Back-Channel of the Jumbo-Sized Lecture Hall: Maximizing Collective Learning in a World History Survey,” History Teacher 47, no. 3 (2014): 329-354. Available at http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/M14_Pollard.pdf
“Raising the Stakes: Writing about Witchcraft on Wikipedia,” History Teacher 42, no. 1 (2008): 1-16. Available at http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/THTPollard.pdf