Fritz Fischer is Professor of History and History Education at UNC. He is the 2015 recipient of the University of Northern Colorado Sears-Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award, the universities leading award for teaching. He also earned the University of Northern Colorado award for outstanding advising and service in 2007, and has been the recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003, 2006 and 2010.
Prof. Fischer received his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Previous to receiving his doctorate, Prof. Fischer taught middle school and high school history in California. He specializes in History Education and 20th century American cultural and diplomatic history. His most recent book is entitled The Memory Hole: The U.S. History Curriculum Under Siege, and he is also the author of Making Them Like Us: Peace Corps Volunteers in the 1960s.
Prof. Fischer coordinates the History Education program here at UNC, and is the History Department representative to the STEP (Secondary Teaching) program, so if you have questions about being a history teacher, please get in touch with him. Professor Fischer has served as the Chair and currently is the Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the National Council for History Education, an organization dedicated to fostering the teaching of history in the elementary and secondary schools. For those interested in History Education here are some quick web-links for reference.
- History Secondary Education Requirements
- Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program
- Four Year Plan for History:Secondary Education majors
- Colorado State Model Content Standards
- National History Standards
- National Archives Digital Classroom—for those interested in learning about teaching with historical documents, this is one of the best sites to find excellent documents.
- Teaching Tips, Ideas, and Sample Lessons
- "National History Education Clearinghouse", the best site for most recent news and ideas for teaching and learning history.
The father of four children in high school and college, Prof. Fischer spends much of his time attending sporting and cultural events. Feel free to drop by his office to discuss history, politics, sports, the outdoors or anything else that is on your mind.
Prof. Fischer’s usual course offerings include:
- HIST 100: Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877
- HIST 101: Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present
- HIST 334: The U.S. and the World
- HIST 338: Advanced Overview of U.S. History
- HIST 354: The United States and the Vietnam Wars
- HIST 400: Teaching History in the Secondary Curriculum
- HIST 480: 1968
- HIST 495: War and American Culture
- HIST 530: Culture Wars
- STEP 161, 262, 363: Observation/Analysis of Secondary Teaching