UAM Professor Elected President of Arkansas Association of College History Teachers


MONTICELLO, Ark. — Dr. Sharon Silzell, associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM), has been elected president of the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers (AACHT).

The AACHT was established in 1974 to advocate for and promote the professional interests of history teachers at all universities, colleges, and community colleges throughout the state of Arkansas. The group also works to improve the teaching of history at all levels and to establish closer rapport among history teachers across the state. The AACHT works closely with the History Day community, as well as state agencies including the Arkansas History Commission, the Arkansas State Archives, and Preserve Arkansas.

Dr. Silzell, a native of Colorado, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin and has been at UAM since 2015. She is the regional coordinator for National History Day in Southeast Arkansas and co-faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the academic honors society for history students.

“I am really excited about leading AACHT in a post-pandemic world. This is a great group of people and not only do we enjoy each other’s company, we learn a great deal from one another. I always return from our annual meetings with new teaching resources and innovative ideas for the classroom,” Dr. Silzell said.

For more information, contact the UAM School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 870-460-1047.