Illinois History Teacher, Volume 8:2
Gary L. Bunker is professor emeritus of psychology at Brigham Young University. After receiving a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, he taught at California State University at Los Angeles and Brigham Young University. He served as chair of the Department of Psychology at Brigham Young University and associate chair at California State University at Los Angeles. He also served as associate director of the Honors Program at Brigham Young University. A significant portion of his scholarship fuses his social psychological training in intergroup relations and prejudice with nineteenth-century popular art and image history. His forthcoming volume, From Railsplitter to Icon: Lincoln's Illustrated Periodical Profile, 1860-1865, is scheduled for publication by Kent State University Press in August/September 2001.
Frederick D. Drake, assistant professor of history, is director of the History and Social Sciences Education Program at Illinois State University and executive director of the Illinois Council for Social Studies. His bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in history are from Illinois State University. He has co-authored States' Rights and American Federalism and Alternative Assessment in Social Sciences. A James Madison Fellow, his research on the qualities of a democratic disposition informed his interest in the 1864 election. He is currently co-authoring a history teaching methods text and is co-authoring a book on the eclipse of progressive education and its influences on democratic citizenship as taught in schools.
William E. Gienapp received the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. A specialist in the Civil War era, he is the author of The Origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856 (Oxford University Press) and co-author of a college textbook in U.S. history, Nation of Nations (McGraw-Hill). He is a member of the History Department at Harvard University.
Allen C. Gueizo is Dean of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennslyvania, where he is Grace F. Kea Professor of American History. He is author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2000, and is editor of the 1998 reprint of Josiah G. Holland's Life of Abraham Lincoln for the University of Nebraska Press.
Lynn R. Nelson, associate professor of social studies education at Purdue University, began his teaching career in the East Maine District #63 schools. He taught for twelve years in Des Plaines and Dwight, Illinois, before beginning doctoral studies at Indiana University. He then served as the Director of the Center for Economic Education at Widener University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as associate professor, at the University of Maine. He recently co-authored States' Rights and American Federalism, and he is currently writing a history teaching methods book with Frederick D. Drake of Illinois State University. His research focuses on the decline of education for democratic citizenship that accompanied the emphasis on vocational purposes for schools in the twentieth century. He is currently involved in civic education reforms taking place in Latvia and Russia.
Craig L. Pfannkuche recently retired from active teaching after thirty-two years, twenty-seven of them at Crystal Lake, Illinois, high schools. He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His teaching was based on his belief that student interest can be stimulated and sustained by studying local history and personalities. He continues to put that belief into practice as president of Memory Trail Research, Inc.
Douglas L. Wilson was for many years George A. Lawrence Distinguished Services Professor at Knox College and is now Co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at the same institution. He earned the Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and taught American Studies at Knox College, including a course on Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. He is the author and editor of several books on both Jefferson and Lincoln, including Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln (1998).
Barry L. Witten holds the Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University and is an assistant professor specializing in social studies education at Western Illinois University. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He taught for fourteen years in two school districts in Kansas. His historical interests include the era of the Civil War and the settlement of the American West. He recently published an article on performance assessment and is the current editor of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies Newsletter.