History Instructors Recognized for "Promoting Intellectual Engagement"
(Peter Hobson, Dept. Chair Michael Brose, and Erin Abraham)
Two History Department instructors recently received the "PIE" (Promoting Intellectual Engagement) Award, which honors instructors who inspire excitement, inquiry, and autonomy in first-year courses. Recipients of the PIE Award are nominated online by sophomore students, and then selected by a committee based on thoughtfulness and volume of student nominations. Dr. Erin Abraham, a specialist in Medieval European history, teaches for the University Honors Program as well as the History Department. Peter Hobson has taught the department's survey of Western Civilization for the past 7 years, and this is the second year in a row that he has received the award. Both are also UW alumni, having received both their B.A. and M.A. degrees in History here (Abraham received her PhD in History from St. Louis University). Another History Department alumna, Jennifer LaVanchy, also received the PIE award this year. She is currently a lecturer in Spanish at UW. Past PIE Award winners from the History Department include Phil Roberts and Michael Brose. The History Department congratulates all of them on this honor!