National WWII Museum exterior Campaigns of Courage

Faculty Seminar in World War II History

June 23–29, 2024
A Program by the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy

Overview

The National WWII Museum invites applications for the Faculty Summer Seminar in World War II History to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 23–29, 2024. This seminar is intended to develop the knowledge and understanding of World War II for active college or university faculty who wish to teach, advocate, or design history courses regarding this significant conflict.

About the Seminar

Application deadline: March 1, 2024

The National WWII Museum invites applications for the Faculty Summer Seminar in World War II History to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 23–29, 2024. 

This weeklong intensive study in World War II is designed for any college-level instructors/professors without a strong background regarding the American experience in World War II. In particular, we encourage applicants from underserved and smaller colleges and seek to enhance the faculty at Minority Served Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges (HBCs), Professional Military Education (PME) institutions, and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). 

This seminar is intended to develop the knowledge and understanding of World War II for active college or university faculty who wish to teach, advocate, or design history courses regarding this significant conflict.

The program consists of a series of content and pedagogical seminars led by expert faculty covering the war’s major themes, campaigns, outcomes, and legacies. Lodging for six nights, select meals, and materials are provided. Travel costs to and from New Orleans are the responsibility of the attendee or their institution.

Applicants will be selected based upon their potential contributions to the teaching of WWII history and to their institutions. The program is open to all college-level faculty, PME, and ROTC instructors who expect to teach or study military history. A selection committee will consider each applicant’s packet on its own merits. The deadline for application is March 1, 2024.

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Interested applicants should submit:

  1. A completed application form

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. One letter of recommendation that addresses the applicant’s teaching abilities and skills

A limited number of travel grants may be available on a case-by-case basis. If interested, inquire after selection.

Inquiries may be directed to John M. Curatola, PhD, at john.curatola@nationalww2musuem.org.

Applications will be reviewed during March 2024 with selections announced no later than April 1, 2024.

Program Directors

Program Director

MICHAEL S. BELL, PHD (COL, USA, RET.)

Mike Bell is the Executive Director of the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy. Commissioned in Armor following graduation from the US Military Academy at West Point, he is a combat veteran, historian, and strategist who has served at every level from platoon through theater army, as well as with US Central Command, the Joint Staff, the West Point faculty, and the National Defense University. As a civilian faculty member at the National Defense University, he also served details to the Office of the Secretary of State and as a National Security Council Senior Director and Special Assistant to the President of the United States. He holds a MA and a PhD in American history from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MS in national security strategy from the National Defense University, where he was a distinguished graduate of the National War College. His monograph on the role of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was published by the Strategic Studies Institute. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, Joint Staff Badge, and Combat Action Badge.

Seminar Co-Director

JOHN CURATOLA, PHD

John Curatola is the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy. A Marine Corps officer of 22 years, he graduated from the University of Nebraska and is a veteran of Operation Provide Hope in Somalia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami relief effort. He holds masters’ degrees in both American and Military History. With a PhD from the University of Kansas, John’s research focuses upon World War II, airpower, and the early Cold War period. Previously he taught history at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His first book, Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow, addressed the nature of the American atomic monopoly, and his latest, entitled Autumn of Our Discontent, assessed US national security policy development in 1950. Additionally, his works are available in compendium books, popular magazines, and academic journals with his many presentations available for viewing on CSPAN and YouTube.

Seminar Co-Director

MARK CALHOUN, PHD

Mark Calhoun is the Senior Historian at the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy. He earned his PhD in History from the University of Kansas in 2012 and is the author of General Lesley J. McNair: Unsung Architect of the U.S. Army (University Press of Kansas, 2015), the first comprehensive military life of General Lesley J. McNair. Mark's current research interests center on General William H. Simpson, commander of Ninth US Army, and the Ninth Army’s operations during the campaign in Northwest Europe from 1944–45. A career US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot and war planner, Calhoun retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2008, after which he served for 14 years as an associate professor on the faculty of the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth.

Accommodations

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

The official Hotel of The National WWII Museum, this stunning art-deco style property offers first-class accommodations, meeting spaces, and dining options providing a sophisticated lodging experience for guests. Named after local Higgins Industries shipbuilder Andrew Higgins, the Hotel pays tribute to a historic time when all Americans came together to secure victory and help change the world.

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Application Form

Faculty Seminar in WWII History 2024 Application Form

Name:
Title
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1. Please describe your interest in and experiences with World War II history. If you have taught or published about military history, please indicate where and on what subjects. How will you contribute to the development of the field of World War II history in the future? Please limit your response to 500 words. 
2. Please explain how attending the Faculty Seminar in World War II History will help advance your study and/or teaching of history. What do you expect to get from this program and how does it fit into your long-term plans? Please limit your response to 500 words.
3. How did you hear about the Faculty Seminar in World War II History? (WWII Museum website, other website, e-mail, brochure, scholarly journal, word of mouth, etc.)

Inquiries for additional program information and eligibility may be directed to Dr John M. Curatola at: john.curatola@nationalww2musuem.org.

Included with this form, you should submit the following materials:

One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.

The deadline for submission of all materials is March 1, 2024.

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