Meet your guides to the cosmos.
Dominican's Big History faculty is a team of professors from a variety of fields, including biology, humanities, art, religion, history, literature, philosophy, women and gender studies, art history, creative writing, and education, who work in constant collaboration on the development of our First Year Experience curriculum. Between teaching Big History courses, participating in FYE faculty meetings, and organizing and participating in FYE students events, these instructors find the time to continue their own research as well as share what they have learned in this unique program at academic conferences globally.
Just click on portraits below to learn more about your guides to the cosmos!
Resident Big Historian
|J. Daniel May|
|Phil Novak||Cynthia Taylor|
|Harlan Stelmach||Lynn Sondag||Richard Simon||Judy Halebsky|
|Thomas Burke||Heidi Chretien||Lindsey Dean||James Cunningham|
|Martin Anderson||Annie Reid||Debbie Daunt||Kiowa Bower|
Big History Presentations and Publications
International Big History Association Conference (IBHA), Grand Rapids, MI, August 2-5, 2012.
Anderson, “Pedagogical Consideration in Teaching Threshold 7: The Agrarian Revolution”
Behmand, “First Year Experience ‘Big History’ as the Cornerstone of 21st Century Liberal Education”
Behmand, “Iranians Are the New Victorians!”
Brown, “A Country Girl Finds Big History”
Brown, “Constructing a Survey Big History Course”
Castner, “Reflective Writing in the Big History Classroom”
Cunningham, “Complexity and the Teaching of the 5th Threshold: The Origin and Evolution of Life”
Dean, “Big History, Big Questions: The Role of the Modern Creation Myth in Forming a Global Ethics”
Novak, “Placing Homo Religiosus in Big History”
Simon, “On Power: George Lucas, Jerry Garcia, and Barack Obama’s Big Black Helicopters”
Simon, “Visualizing Complexity: Teaching Industrialization with Charlie Chaplin”
Sinclair, “Religion in Big History Courses”
Sondag, “Visualizing and Creating: Teaching Big History Through Creative Disciplines”
Taylor, “Pedagogical Issues and the Teaching of Threshold 6: The Paleolithic Era”
Wolfe, “The Case for Awe in Teaching Big History”
University Curriculum Reform Conference, Hong Kong, China, 12 – 14 June 2012,
Behmand, “Big History: Foundational General Education for the Twenty-First Century”
The Asian Association of World Historians (AAWH), Seoul, South Korea, April 26-29, 2012. Panel: “Thinking for the 21st Century: Big History as a First Year Experience.”
Behmand (chair), “Envisioning and Creating an Inclusive Big History-Based First Year Experience.”
Brown, “Constructing the Core Big History Course.”
Burke, “Big History: A Tool for Critical and Creative Engagement in Pedagogy.”
Halebsky and Sondag, “Visualizing and Writing Big History: Teaching Creative Disciplines through Big History.”
American Association of Colleges and Universities-General Education (AAC&U-GE), New Orleans, LA, February 23- 25, 2012.
Behmand (with M. Reder and M. Brau), Pre-Conference workshop “Advancing Academic Partnerships to Improve Student Success.”
Behmand, “Big History: From a History Course to a First Year Contextualization of the Whole Person.”
First Year Experience Conference (FYE), San Antonio, TX, February 17-21, 2012.
Behmand, “First Year Experience Big History: An Innovative First-Year Sequence for the Twenty-First Century.”
Behmand (chair), Novak, Burke, Wolfe, Simon, “Thinking Big (History): Creating a First Year Experience around Transdisciplinary Content.”
California World History Association (CWHA), San Diego, CA, October 21-22, 2011.
Panel Title: “Big History as a Revolutionary Approach to Teaching California History to First and Second Year College Students.” Panel chair: Ross Dunn.
Behmand, “Pioneering the Big History First Year Experience at Dominican University.”
Taylor, “California Natural History and the First Californians.”
Cunningham, “Plate Tectonics and Its Impact on California History.”
World History Association (WHA) in Beijing, China, July 7-10, 2011.
Behmand and Brown: “Big History as a Required One-Year Freshman Sequence.”
Association of American Colleges and Universities on General Education (AAC&U-GE), Chicago, Illinois, March 3-5, 2011.
Behmand and Burke, “Big History: A New Approach to the Freshman Seminar.”
Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD), St. Louis, MO, November 2010.
Behmand, “Big History: Faculty Development for an Innovative Freshman Seminar.”
International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ICISS), Cambridge, UK, August 2-5, 2010.
Behmand and Scott, "Big History: The Whole Story for First-Year Students.”