Faculty Bio

Anne White-O'Hara

Assistant Professor of History

About Me

Anne White O'Hara is an Assistant Professor of History at Marygrove College. Anne has deep roots at Marygrove and proudly notes that her great aunt, Ruth Motz, was a member of Marygrove's first graduating class in Detroit in 1928. Her mother and three aunts were also Marygrove alumnae.

Anne teaches a variety of history courses that include US History to 1877, US History Since 1877, Women in US History, Methods of Teaching History and Social Studies and the Senior Research Seminar. In addition, Anne currently serves as President of the Faculty Assembly, Chair of the Social Science Division and Co-chair of Assessment. Her professional work focuses on history education, curriculum, and assessment.

She served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Council for History Education for 10 years, serving as President of the organization in 2008. She chaired the Michigan Department of Education History Standards Committee that developed the current Michigan Teacher Preparation Standards for History and Geography. She has also served on the Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Endorsement Executive Committee and as a history content reviewer for the State Test Development Committee that drafted the 2013 Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in History.

Anne holds a BA and MA in history from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and pursued doctoral studies in history at Wayne State University. Before her career at Marygrove, Anne taught overseas in Spain for three years at the American School of Barcelona and at the International College Spain. She also spent two years teaching International Baccalaureate program at Cotopaxi Academy in Quito, Ecuador.

She was awarded the 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2008 Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service in 2008 and 2016.

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  • Office: LA 230
  • Phone: 313-927-1287
  • Email: awhite@marygrove.edu
Anne  White-O'Hara Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007

  • The Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, 2008 and 2016

  • Teacher-Scholar Award, 2008

Areas of Interest

  • History education

  • Women's history

  • American History

Presentations

  • "How a Detroit Focus Engages Students and Shapes the History Department at Marygrove College," The Metro Detroit Area Historians' Collegium, Spring 2017, Friday, March 24, 2017, Health Sciences Education Center Hackett Conference Room G-150

Professional Activity

  • History content reviewer for the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson and the Michigan Department of Education. In this role, White-O'Hara drafted the new Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in history to meet the History (CC) Endorsement Standards for Teacher Preparation, 2009-2013

  • Board Member, Michigan Council for History Education, 2003-2013; served as MCHE liaison to Michigan Department of Education Office of Professional Preparation

  • President, Michigan Council for History Education, 2008-2009

Education

  • BA, History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • MA, History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • Doctoral Studies, History, Wayne State University

Teaching

  • HIS 252: US History to 1877

  • HIS 253: US History since 1877

  • HIS 309: American Society since 1945

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