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University Professors -- Beyond Classroom Teaching

Updated on April 14, 2013
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Theresa Ast earned a PhD (Emory) in European History and has taught history for 20 years. "Confronting the Holocaust" available at AMAZON..


What do College and University Professors Actually Do?

Well, we do a lot of teaching: which includes creating courses, reading, note-taking, making copies, building a syllabus, obtaining materials, ordering books, making copies, creating assignments, grading tests/papers/assignments, tracking attendance, advising students, did I mention, making copies?

Aside from teaching, we have recruitment and retention responsibilities, serve on several ( usually 4 to 6) discipline-based (Biology, Business, History) and university-wide committees (Learning Environment, Promotion and Tenure, Student Disciplinary Committee, Library Acquisitions, Program and Curricular Development, Athletics Council, Honor Societies Association) just to mention a few.

To advance in one's academic career, it is necessary divide one's time in a reasonable manner. Teaching generally gets the lion's share of the work week hours, then a few hours will be devoted to various kinds of service obligations, and then . . . depending on the size and type of institution, faculty must devote a substantial amount of time to Faculty Development Activities.

So 1/5 (community college) to 1/4 (small to medium University) to1/3 (large University) to 1/2 research University) of a faculty's work hours will be focused on Faculty Development which includes research, workshops, seminars, writing research papers, making disciplinary presentations, serving on discussion panels, and publications.

A publication might be an article in an academic journal (a one to four month investment of time and energy) or it might be a book length manuscript (a one to four year investment of time and energy). Most Faculty Development activities and accomplishments are completed alongside and in between the time devoted to Teaching, Advising, and Service.

As part of my Faculty Development requirement, every year or so I present a research paper at a History Conference or attend a Teaching Seminar or Training Workshop. I have just completed the application letter and materials for a Holocaust Seminar that will be held in Washington DC at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in January 2013. This hub contains "some" of the materials I was required to submit. To ask you to read a C.V./resume would be sheer cruelty. :)

Note: Each year several hundred professors apply to USHMM and only 20 are accepted. Its a very, very long shot that I will be accepted, but an absolutely tremendous learning and research opportunity. Chances are that I will not get accepted into the program . . . . But if I do, I promise to shout it from the rooftops (so to speak) on HubPages. :)


USHMM Faculty Seminar -- Application Letter

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies~~~United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

To Whom It May Concern:

I have been receiving information about the Winter Faculty Seminar for over twelve years. In January 2002, I had the privilege of attending the Winter Seminar, topic – The Concentration Camp System. It was an incredible and intensive learning experience; much of what I learned would influence and shape three courses that I have offered at Reinhardt University, a private Liberal Arts institution, for the past ten years -- Twentieth Century Europe, Modern Germany, The Holocaust in History.

Each year’s topic is compelling and I have often wanted to attend another seminar. However, the topic for the 2013 Winter Seminar gripped me as no other has, “Teaching About the Holocaust: History, Memory, and Memorialization.” I thought about the seminar constantly for several days and then emailed Dr. Kunst to inquire about the possibility of attending a second time. He assured me there was no programmatic prohibition against it and encouraged me to apply.

However, during the last few weeks I have pondered why I had, and still have, such a strong, almost visceral response to this year’s topic. In retrospect, I have been collecting books on Museums, Public Displays, Political Art, and Memorials for over fifteen years – several of them addressing National Socialism and the Holocaust. And I have used these materials in my courses, but always felt there was so much more to understand, more to convey to my students.

Additionally, I have wondered why I am so strongly drawn to visual representations, when as a historian I have primarily dealt with written sources. Then it dawned on me that I have been surrounded, engulfed by “visual” social, political, and historic displays all of my life.


USHMM - Application Letter, continued

Edmund Kasimerz Ast and Wanda Kowalska Ast, survived the Nazi invasion of Poland and the subsequent Soviet occupation. After the war they fled Poland with their four young children, and secured jobs in the joint Allied section of Germany - what would become West Germany - working for the American military occupation force.

In 1948, after a long and tiring journey, they disembarked at Ellis Island. Their oldest son, Jacek, Staniswav Ast is my father. His father, Edmund was a “sculptor” and his mother, Wanda was a “painter” -- their homes and work shops were veritable museums, spaces in which to memorialize life and history. My intellectual and emotional life has been lived and developed against the backdrop of our private family history and their public art.

Note: I have written about my grandparents and their artistic and sculptural endeavors.

Other events have also determined the arc of my education, scholarly interests, academic career, and teaching. While we were stationed at Athenai AFB in Greece (1960’s) my father took us to Germany, because he believed it was essential for our political and moral education to visit Dachau Concentration Camp – I was twelve.

Although we were only eight hours from his childhood home, we did not enter Poland; his extended family still lived there, but my father was not convinced he would ever be allowed to leave Poland once inside the border. Spring 2003, I accompanied a group of college students to Poland; we visited museums, churches, open-air markets, art galleries; we volunteered at an orphanage; we spent a day at Oswiecim.

Dachau (Germany) and Oswiecim (Auschwitz - Poland) ---- were and are bench marks which defined the deep concerns, personal and professional, of my life.

I would appreciate and value, more than I can adequately convey, the opportunity to attend the 2013 Winter Faculty Seminar. It will broaden my scholarship and add depth to what I convey in the classroom. My C.V. and course syllabus are attached; a letter from my School Dean, Dr. Wayne Glowka, will arrive separately. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Dr. Theresa Ast ~~~~~~~~~~ Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies

Postscript: Got accepted, so I will be in DC the second week in January! :)


Required Materials: A Holocaust Course Syllabus

HISTORY 336 - The Holocaust in History

Course Description --This course will examine European anti-Semitism; the rise of Hitler and the nature of National Socialism; the implementation of the concentration camp system; eugenics and the euthanasia program; the Death Camps in Poland; the experiences of camp inmates, survivors, resistors, perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers; varieties of resistance; Holocaust literature, art, museums, memorials.

We will approach these and other topics from three major perspectives: history, literature, and philosophy. We will also examine art, architecture, religion, technology, science, and the sociology of ethics, as they relate to the Holocaust. The course will consider journals, books, and we will view and compose essays about four films.

Required Texts: Frankl, Victor. Man's Search for Meaning, 3rd edition

Donald Niewyk, Holocaust: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation, 2002

Katz, Eric. Death by Design: Science, Tech & Engineering, 2006

Browning, Christopher. Ordinary Men, 2001

Borowski, Tadeusz. This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen, 1976

Course Purpose and Objectives -- This class will consist of group discussions, as well as lectures. It is essential that you attend class regularly, read the assigned materials, complete the assigned essay or analyses, and come prepared to discuss them. This is a history course, but I believe the most efficacious learning is interdisciplinary by nature. You will need to read, think, write, and speak thoughtfully and critically in this class.

Attendance --- Participation --- 20%

Films (4) Essay Required --- Journals (4) Essay Required --- 40%

Book Essays --- Assignments (5) --- 40%

Attendance Policy -- Attendance and classroom participation is an important part of your grade – 20% of your final grade. Each unexcused absence will result in a 5 point deduction from your attendance grade (for example: 100 – 4 unexcused absences x 5 = 80). Excused absences, with appropriate documentation from a doctor, hospital, car accident, or court hearing will result in a 2 point deduction. It is your responsibility to provide written documentation for an excused absence as soon as you return to class. Verbal explanations and phone notifications to the professor, although courteous, are not a substitute for official documentation.

Classroom Guidelines Disruptive behavior in the classroom will result in points deducted from your attendance grade. If disruptive behavior continues after a warning, I will exercise my professorial right to withdraw you from the class. I will treat each of you with respect and I expect you to treat each other that way. We may disagree, but we will do it calmly, rationally, and with courtesy.

Everyone’s right to express themselves will be respected. Those of you who are reticent (quiet) by nature, be prepared to speak up; those of you who are loquacious (talkative) by nature, be prepared to restrain yourself and defer to your classmates. All students will please remove their hats and caps (and head phones!!) during class.

Out of Class Time -- Generally, over the course of the semester, most students spend two to three hours outside of class for every hour spent in class (per week). Therefore, for a three-hour course, students should plan to devote six to nine hours weekly to reading, writing papers, reviewing class notes, and preparing for class, etc.


Daily Course Assignments

Academic Honesty and the Honor Code -- Reinhardt College students are expected to adhere to the Honor Code (see Student Handbook). Cheating on exams, helping others to cheat, or plagiarizing on essays, papers, and assignments, (the use of someone else’s ideas or words without formally and in writing) acknowledging them is absolutely unacceptable and will result in a “0” for the assignment, and possibly, in an “F” for the course. In this course, all work must be your own and well-written, in 12 point font, Calibri, 5-6 pages in length.

Late essays will be penalized 5 points per day. Always indicate the book, chapter, or article for any assignment at the top of the page with your name and day/time (MW 1:30) of class. Print an additional copy of every assignment and keep in a safe place. Do not turn in assignments by sliding them under my office door or emailing them to me; I will not grade them; turn them in at the next regularly scheduled class. Thank you.

Reading / Assignment Schedule -- The readings and assignments below are to be completed before you come to class on the day assigned, unless otherwise noted. Guidelines and instructions for some assignments will be handed out during the semester. NO LATE course work will be accepted during the final week of class.

Topics provided below are to guide lectures and class discussions. Read what is assigned regardless of the lecture topic listed for a particular day. We will discuss and choose Academic Journal Articles in class. Film Essays are always due the following Monday --- Essay Guidelines will be provided. Other deadlines are indicated below.


Mon 20 ~~ Approaches to the Holocaust/historical- philosophical-sociological

Wed 22 ~~ Early German History, Aufklaring, Romanticism ~~ Niewyk I Due

Mon 27 ~~ Prejudice, Religious Anti-Semitism ~~ 1st Journal Essay Due

Wed 29 ~~ Unification, Voelkish Thought


Mon 03 ~~ Labor Day – No Classes

Wed 05 ~~ Social Darwinism, Ideology ~~ 2nd Journal Essay Due

Mon 10 ~~ World War I, Versailles Treaty, Reparations ~~ Niewyk II and III Due

Wed 12 ~~ Reparations, Weimar Republic

Mon 17 ~~ Genocide, Fascism, National Socialism ~~ 3rd Journal Essay Due

Wed 19 ~~ Propaganda, Political Polarization

Mon 24 ~~ Hitler’s Popularity, Nazi Success ~~ 4th Journal Essay Due

Wed 26 ~~ Emigration Policies and Difficulties


Mon 01 ~~ Official Policies – Jews, Communists, Social Undesirables

Wed 03 ~~ Psychology, Spirituality Frankl, Man’s Search ~~Assign Due

Mon 08 ~~ Technology: Transportation/Killing Operations ~~ Niewyk IV Due

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No Classes – Fall Break~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mon 08 ~~ Concentration Camps Death by Design, II and III, ~~ Assign Due

Wed 10 ~~ FILM – Die Weise Rose / The White Rose ~~ Due 15th

Mon 15 ~~ Eugenics and the Euthanasia Program ~~ Niewyk V and VI Due

Wed 17 ~~ Technology and Ethical Considerations

Mon 22 ~~ Death Camps, Poland Death by Design, IV and V, ~~ Assign Due

Wed 24 ~~ FILM - The Conspiracy ~~ Due 29th

Mon 29 ~~ Discussion – Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men ~~ 1st Essay Due

Wed 31 ~~ The Einsatzgruppen, Systematic Murder in Soviet Territories


Mon 05 ~~ Resistance Movements, Techniques, Ordinary Men ~~ 2nd Essay Due

Wed 07 ~~ FILM - Defiance / The Bielski Partisans ~~ Due 12th

Mon 12 ~~ Victims, Bystanders, Rescuers, The Altruistic Personality

Wed 14 ~~ Denial, Revisionism ~~~~ David Irving versus Deborah Lipstadt

Mon 19 ~~ FILM - Die Shreckliche Maedchen / The Nasty Girl ~~ Due 28th

~~~~~~~~~~~No Classes – Thanksgiving Holiday~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mon 26 Museums, Memorials, Visual Representations of the Shoah

Wed 28 DISCUSSION - This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen ~~ DUE



HISTORY 336 - Sample Assignment

Directions ~~ This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen ~~ Tadeusz Borowski

Your essay will be between 6-8 pages typed, double-spaced, Calibri, font size 12. Use good grammar, complete sentences, and no passive voice. Follow the guidelines below carefully:

Write a 2-3 page summary of the introduction. Include relevant personal/historical information about Tadeusz Borowski and the time/place in which he lived. Who was he? What were his strengths, gifts? What did his future look like before the Nazis conquered Poland? Complete your essay by responding to each of the stories in 1-3 paragraphs.

Story 1 – “This Way….” Describe “Canada.” Why is it important to TB? What is he afraid will happen? What does he have to say about religion, ignorance, deception? How do you explain (and feel about) the anger he expresses for the victims?

Story 2 – “A Day at…” What recurring symbols or images does TB use? What is a “selection?” How do inmates prepare for it? What kind of power do Kapos have over their fellow inmates?

Story 3 - "The People Who..." How are Gypsies treated differently? Why does TB describe the soccer field? What literary effect does he try to achieve? How does the use of sarcasm or macabre humor in the stories affect you? How do you think TB meant for it to affect you?

Story 4 - "Auschwitz, Our..." What does TB say about the normality or abnormality of the camps? What does he mean by the "absurdity of culture?" What do you think... is hope wrong? Is hope meaningless? Is it helpful inside a death camp? What do you think about his question, "can there be beauty if it is paid for with injustice?"

Story 5 - "Death of..." Why does TB tell us the story of Schillinger? What is his purpose? What does TB want to convey to the listener, the reader?

Story 6 - "Man with..." How does TB describe the Sonderkommando? Is this how these men are usually described? Why does the inmate Schreiber keep his package? Explain.

Story 7 - "The Supper..." Is there a different kind of morality in the camps, under extreme conditions? Yes. No. Explain this phenomenon. Defend or critique their actions.

(No Story 8) For Class Discussion Only

Story 9 - "Silence..." After the American soldiers arrived, what changed in the camp environment? How are the SS guards treated? Do you believe American soldiers assisted inmates and survivors in killing their previous guards? How you feel about that? Does traditional morality apply in this situation?

Story 10 - "A Visit..." What was the great desire of the men (and women) who knew they were destined for the gas chamber? Can they do anything to achieve their desire?

Story 11 - "January..." How do American soldiers react to survivors and to Germans? Do you believe TB? Why or why not? Do you believe that there was no duty or morality left in the concentration camps? Would a different author give us a different answer or picture?

Story 12 - "World of Stone..." How does this essay, this story make you feel? Why did TB write it, what was his purpose? You are welcome to make additional observations at this point.


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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dear Debby - I don't know how I missed your kind and thoughtful comments from four months ago. My apologies. It is incredibly late, but thank you and I hope you had a Blessed and Happy Chanukah.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      White Wolf - Thank you for your wonderful comments and my apologies for taking so long to reply. I have been meaning to reply, but I wanted to check out the "Golden Dawn" issue in Greece before I responded. Still haven't had a chance too. I am crazy (but happy crazy) getting ready for the Holocaust Seminar I am going to in January. Lots of reading and preparation to do for that. I will get to be a student for a solid week. A close friend and I are riding up on Amtrak. I am making myself a note to check out the situation in Greece.

      Hope you are well and I wish you many blessings in the coming year. Take care. Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Audrey. I certainly hope there will be new articles. First I need to produce a couple of good papers that I can take to conferences, but over the summer (when my teaching load is cut in half) I hope to use this experience and all that I learn in several hubs. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Mazel Tov Theresa ~ You made it! And, your students will learn SO much from you about life, war, politics, government, culture, religion, hate, love, caring, humanity and remembrance. I know you will reap much joy from the work you do, transferring the knowledge of history and hopefully making a great difference in the lives of hundreds of students.

      Much strength and many blessings,

      Please report back again with further news.


      Debby (happy Chanukah - light a candle)

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      With all the things You have to do as a professor, I am not seeing much free time left. That is one big reason why decided not to follow a professorship. Too much is too much ... lol - I suppose You have to love it and I am not sure if I love universities that much. Nonetheless they are great and I am extremely thankful for being able to attend one.

      Ohh bummer ... I was going to say something and I forgot ... well, I am saying something anyway but there was something else ... flying thoughts again.

      Yes. I just remembered. Had to sit here a minute ... lol

      I was wondering if You were aware about the "Golden Dawn" issue in Greece at the moment and if You are, what your thoughts on that are?

      Thank You for writing this article. I am sure many people are not aware of a university professors' over-loaded schedule and it will be good for them to get an idea by reading your article.

      All the best until again!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on being accepted! I expect there will be new articles here as a result. I am so very impressed with your thoroughness and professionalism. Sharing!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Your husband is exactly write. The chances are zero if you don't even throw your hat into the ring. My mother was fond of saying the same thing and I am sure that is where I learned to try, try, and try. :)

      I can see where keeping track of foreign students would be a concern. Each professor has a different system. Some don't take attendance. Some say 5 absences (don't care why - no excuses) and you are out of the class or your grade drops a level. I guess I make a big deal out of attendance for two reasons. (1) In real life, in a job, showing up matters. Consistency, productivity, and dependability matter, more in my opinion, than Test-taking skills. So I try to build a syllabus that plays to all kinds of strengths and abilities. (2) About ten years ago, I have three students who almost never came to class but pulled B's and A's on my exams. (they were not that brilliant) With a little investigation I discovered all three were on a sports team, didn't give a crap about any of their classes, early on acquired a "passive" girlfriend who did go to class and took copious notes and of course handed them over - a whole semester's worth of notes. I was angry, at the young women and at the athletes. So I started tinkering with my syllabus to minimize that kind of abuse.

      I used to do word counts. The I got old. :) Or my eyes got old. :) The font specifications are purely to reduce eyestrain for me, nothing more. :) It is also kind of interesting to see who doesn't read or follow directions....which becomes a teachable moment, when I remind them that managers and bosses fire employees who cannot or will not follow instructions and guidelines. I have colleagues who rely on "turn it in." I have used it occasionally.

      Thanks for commenting. I hope all is well with you and your family. ~~Theresa

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      Just History 5 years ago from England

      Good luck with the application- as my husband always says "You might not get it but if you dont apply you definately wont get it"

      I noted the points re attendance at lectures being quite different to those in British Universities that I am familiar with. At the Uni that I work at we are currently starting a more robust recording of attemdance at lectures but this is aimed at assuring that foreign students dont go under the radar when they have been here for a few weeks. Also I noted on your assignment that you specify font size and give guidance on 6-8 pages whilst in the UK we mostly rely on word counts. E.G. 2000 words ( with an allowable excess of 10%) We like you take plagurism very seriously but we rely on computer systems to report similarities. Essays are handed in but also put through the "turn it in" procedure to spot plagurism. My middle child who is reading computing hands her assignments in by e mail!

      Again, good luck with your application

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Michael - I am so glad I could make you laugh. :) The idea of "spare time" is pretty laughable isn't it. :)

      I would imagine lecturing at a variety of feeder college would be quite demanding. At least I have the comfort and convenience of having all my classes, my books, and my office in one location.

      I hope I get this "gig." :) It would be quite a feather in my cap and the school dean would be suitable impressed and not expect too much extra committee work out of me for six months or so. But most importantly, it is a fabulous, immersive, ten hour a day learning experience.

      I am glad you found the process and hub interesting. I had no thoughts of a hub until I finished the application and mailed it off and then it seemed like all that work ought to be worth something, so another hub! :)

      We are well now, but as I may have already mentioned, I have been scarce around HP for about 5/6 months. My son Ben was hospitalized with a terrible infection. After weeks they got it under control, but with the complication that the meds knocked out his kidneys. They sent him home two weeks ago with 35% kidney function, so things have been a bit crazy around here, but they are calming down, so I have had a little time and energy for HP.

      Hello to Linda and I hope things are well with you. Well they must be, you did that fabulous Pasta and chipotle sausage hub, which looks very good to me and I shall be trying in the near future. Take care. ~~Theresa

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Theresa,

      Well you had my laughing at the title of this hub. Spare time indeed :) Now you know why I am cooking and making hubs at the same time.

      I have been back teaching in local Cambridge feeder colleges, and while it is a lot less hectic than your schedule. It is demanding.

      This is a well constructed hub in so many ways. You have the personal insights of your life experiences and of your family during this bleak period in history, combined with an application letter and materials for a Holocaust Seminar. Phew!

      I am sure that you will get the gig. You fill every criteria I can think of. It is essential to continue with professional development as it keeps us fresh and on the ball.

      I always feel that I learn more from the students, than they learn from me.

      Having to dissect to bite size chunks complex ideas, makes it all the more detailed for the teacher.

      Hope you are all well

      Thank you for sharing this interesting process.


      Voting up and sharing.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Frank. This hub was an accident, a happy acident. I spent the better part of one weekend putting it all together. Once I emailed all the documents to DC, it occurred to me to turn it into a hub. So glad you liked it.. :) I hope everything is well with you. :) ~~Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hello teaches - The work load really does vary depending on what institution you are at, who you are personally, and what your goals are, of course. Obviously the larger and more prestigious institutions really pressure people to produce content and publish.

      People who are not interested in tenure or longevity may decide to put most of their time in service, so they become the "Director" or "Coordinator" of some program, major, or initiative on campus. Some academics (more often at community colleges) focus primarily on teaching and have few other responsibilities; they might teach 10 or 11 courses (two semesters) where I only teach eight.

      I once read in a trustworthy academic publication that based on some extensive survey they had determined that the average faculty member worked 47 hours a week. At first I thought that was way off. I certainly worked more than that and I knew lots of professors who did. But it is an average of course.

      So 47 plus or minus ten hours. I knew some faculty who worked 37 (or even fewer) hours a week because they were really good at rolling their work off on someone else. And I definitely knew faculty who put in 57+ hours a week because they cared deeply and did all kinds of service as well as faculty development. So it all evens out, 47 is probably about right. :) Thanks for commenting and I hope your teaching is going well. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      I don't think anyone can overlook your written level of proficiency... When it comes to historical research you have this fully contextualized approach.. class tested and hub-pagers approved.. :) good luck....

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Phdast - Thank you. We had a terrifying night but made it through with no damage. Many in our community are not quite as fortunate. We are doing what we can to help.

      Blessings to you friend.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you xstatic. :)

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Why thank you shinigirish. I hope I am too. It is a marvelous study and research opportunity. Thank you for being in my corner and for using such a wonderful word, Stellar!

      Been listening to the news about the Hurricane and all the damage and suffering, loss of life it has caused. I hope you and your family are safe and well. Blessings! ~~Theresa

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      We can certainly understand that. Again, good luck with the application!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Xstatic - Your words are generous and encouraging. It is a long shot, but I do hope to go---it's like an academic's favorite vacation. Five whole days of getting to be a student again. :) The course is prettyr igorous, but it is aimed at upperclassmen and the history majors and they know me, so they know what t ey are getting into. It is one of my favorite courses to teach. Again, "broaden our experience" thank you for your kind words. :) ~~Theresa

      My time for HP is limited, which is why there is such an overlap in my Academic and my HP interests and writing.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You certainly have accomplished much in this research. I hope that it all turns out well for you. The life of a professor is much more time consuming than I thought. They certainly are dedicated to their work. I hope that at some time you will get a break and are able to rest.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good afternoon Rich - I will consider removing the 10 late points, but just this one time. Forty hour movie!! Oh my goodness! Very clever comment approach on your part. I like both the word tenacity and the concept, so I consider that a fine compliment. I appreciate your good thoughts and hopes on my behalf. I will certainly share the news, whatever it is, when I find out. Hope you are having a great day. ~~Theresa

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I sincerely hope you are one of the twenty professors selected from USHMM applicants. You have certainly produced a STELLAR participation piece.

      I am in your corner hoping you are selected my dear friend.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Theresa, if good writing and historical and personal experience count, then you should be chosen without hesitation. This course you have designed sounds rigorous but fascinating. I am sure it will stimulate much conversation and commentary in and outside the classroom.

      I am surprised you have time for HP, but we are glad that you do. You broaden our experience with well-written and intreresting articles.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Bill - Spare time is in short supply - whatever I have goes to my three grandchildren and my cats. :) Thank you for your generous and enthusiastic comments. You are so very welcome for a brief look into a tfairly ypical academic's life. Have a great week. :) ~~Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good morning Michelle and thank you for your prayers and good thoughts. It is a difficult subject to study, and there are times when I cry. I have been through the USHMM several times, but they made a wise planning decision. To conduct research you go in a side door at the front turn left and take the elevator up to the 5th floor which is the library and study enter, so you entirely bypass all the museum exhibits and only see them if and when you decide to. Thanks for your comments and have a great week.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      I feel as though I've already been penalized 5-10 pts simply because of the HP notification process. Alas, not being in close proximity may cause further delays and problems with attendance. I am extremely interested, but may have to wait until the 40 hour movie comes out concerning your efforts and duties. lol I admire your tenacity and attention to detail. I truly hope the best for you in your wishes for acceptance applied. Great Job, Theresa!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Alan - I am so glad you responded promptly as I would have hated to subtract five points from your final grade. I thank you for your prayers and heart felt good thoughts and wishes. I think you are right, and in writing this proposal it became even more clear to me, that this is the work I was meant to do.

      It was interesting and meaningful to finally tie all those disparate ideas and experiences together. I hope I am accepted, but I feel peaceful about it. It is as if the primary purpose was for me to write the letter, secondarily I may get to spend a week "learning" at the USHMM. :) And you are correct. This is living for me. :)

      I hope the coming week is a good one -- full of purpose and joy and beauty. ~~Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Pavlo. I appreciate your positive thoughts. They will notify us on the 20th, so I just have to stay focused on my family and teaching (and HP!) until then. Take care. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow Theresa! It appears to me that spare time is a luxury you do not have! This presentation letter is incredible, and I wish you the best of luck in being accepted. Thank you for an insight into the life of a college professor!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hello Erich - What a great and "different" sort of compliment. :) "I am late because I could not stop reading." I love it. Music to my ears. :) Definitely leave your applications in place. :) Not everyone is on tenure-track and so not everyone is subject to the same stringent expectations. And the "scary" is not so bad if you tackle it one year at a time; otherwise, it really would be daunting. :) Thanks for reading and commenting. ~~Theresa

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      What you wrote was amazing and very professional. I do pray you get what you applied for. The holocaust was one of the most horrible things that ever happened in history. Even the thought of visiting the museum makes me feel a little sick.

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      I wanted to get my comment in promptly 'lest I lose the needed 5 points necessary for consideration. I will pray this for you and not because we are friend and friend, but, because your treatment of the subject matter is reflective of the heart that carries it, that understands it and remains commited to our understanding and not forgetting.

      BTW, I got very tired reading what you do in your spare time. Take a moment and live Theresa! I forgot, this is living for you. God bless.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      I wish you luck in applying to the USHMM program! These topics are worth more researching and you already did a great job.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am now running late, I started this and could not quit. Extremely interesting and insightful. I am going to leave my 3 professorship applications in place, although now it is a bit more scary!