The National Humanities Center offers a wide range of online courses that provide deep investigations into compelling topics in the humanities. Each course is developed with an established scholar in the field, who helps develop activities and provides resources for group discussions and individual research. Our goal is to facilitate a learning experience that will result in classroom-ready instructional materials. Our instructor pool is comprised of experienced, talented educators and scholars in humanities education.
Meet the Instructors
Bunin is a teacher of AP human geography, world history, and geospatial technologies at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the past decade he has collaborated on projects focused on leveraging geospatial technologies and geo-literacy in the classroom. These include: “The Virginia Experiment” and “America on the World Stage” Teaching American History Projects; the iSTEM Teacher Scholars Program: An Applied Geospatial Curriculum for Middle Schools; “Transatlantic Teacher Scholars: Change Over Time and Place in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery”; ESRI’s GeoInquiries for US history and human geography; the US Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools Program; and the award winning book Jamestown to Appomattox: Mapping US History Using GIS (Carte Diem Press). He is also assistant professor of geography at Piedmont Virginia Community College and a member of the Virginia Geographic Alliance Steering Committee. Chris was named the 2016 Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council for the Social Studies.
Cracraft is a historian and educator who specializes in American history, social studies education, and global learning. He has worked or conducted research on five continents and has classroom teaching experience at the K–12 and college levels. He has an AB in government from Harvard and a PhD in American history from Brandeis.
Gilman teaches pre-AP and ESL social studies and geography at a Title I middle school outside Kansas City. Her teaching philosophy is learning by doing including hands-on history labs, field experiences, problem solving, and collaboration. She encourages her students to generate more questions than answers. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, designed historic preservation programs for communities, and worked in a public library. She loves to travel and has participated in Gilder-Lehrman fellowships at Columbia University and the University of Texas, and Fulbright-Hays fellowships in the Czech Republic and Poland. She has toured Germany as a Transatlantic Outreach (TOP) Fellow and taught lessons and professional development in India through IREX Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC). She serves as vice chair of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Technology Leadership Team and has presented on anti-bias, sustainability, social movements, primary sources, biodiversity and educational technology. She is on the boards of the Kansas Council for History Education (KCHE) and the Kansas Geographic Alliance (KGA). Kimberly sponsors the National Geographic Bee and the student council. She serves on her district curriculum council and as a mentor and tutor for students. She is also involved in the KC Serves volunteer community and the Change the Truth organization in Uganda. She is active in the KC Hiking Club and Sierra Club.
Sara Layton TAC Member 2018–19
Layton graduated with her BA and MA in English from Brigham Young University and has taught on the college and high school levels for twenty years. In 2017 Sara won the PBS Digital Innovator Award and represented Utah at a teacher summit in San Antonio. Other career highlights include receiving the Utah Charter School Teacher of the Year award in 2015, and being both a fellow and consultant for the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), where she teaches other educators to use and create open educational resources.
Cherry Whipple TAC Member 2017–18
Whipple received her BS in Applied Learning and Development and currently teaches US and world history at Austin High School in Austin, TX. She reads AP US history exams for the College Board and has worked with Cengage Learning and Pearson Education in developing history assessment items. She will be working with a dual-enrollment program with the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2017. She loves spending time with her granddaughter.
Katie Willett TAC Member 2018–19
Willett, a native of Michigan and current resident of Charlotte, NC, is the Director of the Academy of International Studies at Independence High School. As director, she works to develop students’ understanding of international relations and what it means to be a global learner and citizen. In this capacity, Katie leads a team of teachers and has developed programs of visiting speakers, seminar courses, and Model UN conferences, as well as international visits and exchanges. Before becoming the director, Katie taught US history (AP and Honors) at Independence High for 10 years, during which time she gained National Board and College Board certifications. Prior to this, she taught history in a secondary school in the UK as part of an international exchange program. Katie is passionate about fostering community understanding and broadening students’ educational aspirations and experience through the humanities. She loves to travel and has sought to broaden her own understanding by participation in the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education Program, World View Study Tours, Center for European Studies Brussel Study Tour, and the Advanced Echoes and Reflections Seminar in Jerusalem. She has presented at Asia Society Conferences, North Carolina Social Studies Conferences, and with the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. @kmwbooksit
If you would like to receive information on how to become an NHC online instructor, please contact Andy Mink, Vice President for Education Programs.