Professor Harry Fritz
Dr. Harry Fritz, Missoula - Dr. Fritz served as Professor/Chair for the Department of History at the University of Montana. He has been named Teacher of the Year at the University of Montana two times. His current position is Professor Emeritus of American History, retired.

Fritz served two terms in the Montana House of Representatives and also served in the Montana Senate.

He graduated from Missoula County High School and received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. He went on to get his master's degree from The University of Montana and his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

He has written several articles and lectured widely on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Professor Fritz teaches courses in early American history, American military history, and Montana history.

Professor Jeff Wiltse
Jeff is Assistant Professor of History at The University of Montana. He teaches courses in U.S. social history and U.S. history from 1877 to 1952. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from Brandeis University. His dissertation, "Contested Waters: A History of Swimming Pools in America," received the 2003 Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians for "the best written dissertation on a major topic in American history." His first book, also titled "Contested Waters," was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2007. He presented for several Teaching American History grants during 2005–2007.

Professor Michael Mayer
Professor of Modern American History for the Department of History at the University of Montana. His field of study includes United States since 1945; History of American Law; U.S. Civil Rights Movement; and Post-World War II American Culture. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1984.

Dr. Sally Thompson
Since receiving my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, I have spent over twenty-five years studying and working with the native tribes of the West. I've spent many dusty hours in archives and have conducted archaeological, ethnographic and ethnohistorical research across the region. Since 2001, I have directed the Regional Learning Project at UM which has produced three documentary films, several educational websites, classroom DVDs with teacher guides, and a Readers' Theater focused on understanding a treaty through an experiential learning approach. Our overall content focus is on regional history, geography and cultures.

For the Time Travelers course I served as co-instructor, responsible for the Tribal Perspectives content.


Kim Lugthart
Research, production and publications of all types, including print, websites, DVD, course delivery, etc., are included in my work with the Regional Learning Project.

For the Time Travelers course, I designed, organized, illustrated and produced the 'online textbook' website to deliver course materials in a user friendly and dynamic manner. I contributed to the Research section, and provided the Maps & Cityscapes content to amplify the weekly topics in a place-and-time appropriate manner.

Molly Varley
I was born in Helena, MT, but grew up in South Carolina and Kenya.

After getting my B. A. in History and Political Science from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, I went to the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and got an M. A. in Propaganda, Persuasion and History.

My husband and I taught English in both Guangzhou and Qingdao, China. I am currently in my second year of doctoral study in American Western History and am working on Indian captivity narratives, especially the history of their publication in the 18th and 19th centuries.

My role in this course was to aid in the development of the syllabus and to organize the course materials, particularly the People and the Humanities and Research sections. I was the primary contact for questions about the course and assignments.

Happy Avery (year three only)
I was born and raised near Orlando, FL and am currently working on a master's in history from the University. I received a B.A. in Spanish from Duke University. Since then, I have worked in Washington, DC for the Latin American division of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a non-profit organization that works all over the world to promote democracy through political development programs, and taught at the Missoula International School, a local Spanish immersion school that runs from preschool through eighth grade.

My role in this project was to provide assistance in the research and development of Professor's Mayer's weekly lectures. In addition to helping create the syllabus and coordinating topics, I pursued material specifically on the Northwest to complement Professor Mayer's knowledge of the national context.

Elizabeth Sperry photoElizabeth Sperry (year three only)

I work for the Regional Learning Project (RLP) as a researcher and technical writer. My contributions to RLP include content development for RLP films, teacher guides, web-based K-12 educational resources pertaining to Native American culture and history, and transcriptions of RLP oral history interviews. Prior to my position with RLP, I worked in museum collections management and cultural and historical interpretation. My academic background includes B.A. degrees in Native American Studies and Anthropology, and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana. Currently I’m pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a focus on the ethnohistorical study of Metis, Cree and Chippewa of Montana in the twentieth century.

My role in this project was to provide assistance in the research and development of content materials for the Tribal Perspectives and People and Humanities sections of the course.

Marsha Hoem (year one only)
In 1990, I entered the American Studies doctoral program at Yale, where I had the opportunity to work with western historians, Bill Cronon and Howard Lamar. I received an M. Phil. in American Studies, and have continued work on my dissertation (a community study/environmental history of the Pacific long-line fishery) in my spare time. I recently received Montana licensure to teach English for grades 5-12.

My responsibilities for this course included: research, designing assignments, and reviewing the historiographical content of the course.



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