College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

April 13th, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 8:00am

Dear HIST students,

I hope Week 14 is off to a good start for all of you.

The world may seem pretty small these days. The policies and recommendations put in place to keep us safe and healthy mean that we are more physically isolated than many of us have been in a long time (or perhaps ever). In other ways, though, the world has never been more interconnected than in this historical moment. The experience of coronavirus is helping us understand our shared humanity, but it is also bringing us together virtually, thanks to the use of technology. Communication through E-learning platforms, phone calls, and social media are, temporarily, replacing in-person meetings and interactions. The relative ease of these types of communication will likely mean they will continue to have increased use in educational and professional settings, even after our current circumstances change.  

For these reasons, I would like to make you aware of a number of great professional resources available to you through the department and from the University to help you thrive in our new virtual environment.

First, the department is sponsoring two upcoming professional development events via Zoom; email Dr. McNabb ( for your personal invitation. The first is this Thursday, 4/16, at 6:00 PM and features HIST alum Colby Grothoff. He will be talking about his experiences first as a History teacher education student at UNI and second as a teacher in his own classroom. The second is next Thursday, 4/23, at 4:00 and features Assistant Director of the Office of Career Services TJ Warren. We will talk about practical strategies for enhancing your professional profile and credentials (it is never too early to get started building your personal brand!). Each of these sessions will allow participants to ask questions, so bring yours.

Second, I have also been working with History secretary and web designer Cori to create a dynamic, updated page with information about the many things you can do with your History major, minor, or certificate program. Visit our new Careers page for a number of valuable resources.

Third, I want to share some information provided by our guest speaker on 4/23 about the range of services still being offered remotely by the Office of Career Services on Campus:

Office of Career Services

·      Get familiar with Career Services by visiting and bookmarking their website. The site offers a job board and information on internships as well as an updated "Job Today" site with news and tips.

·      Students can schedule appointments online with Career Services staff for personalized coaching online including resume critiques and mock interviews and/or 1:1 appointments with TJ Warren and/or other professional staff members (see the Career Team section on the webpage for further scheduling options). 

Finally, did you know that the History Department has a Facebook page? Like us for news, updates, and networking opportunities.

I hope to see you at one or both of our upcoming professional development sessions, and as always, I am available by email to take your questions and address your concerns.

Take care, and be well,

Dr. McNabb