Michael Federspiel

Mike Federspiel specializes in history education. His related experience includes eighteen years as a middle- and high-school history teacher and sixteen years as a K–12 social studies administrator and curriculum specialist. He serves on numerous Michigan Department of Education social studies committees including those related to the MEAP test. Currently he also is a steering committee member for the new Social Studies Michigan Merit Exam. From 1997–2002 he worked for the Library of Congress as a trainer helping teachers design lessons using electronic primary documents. Additionally he participated in a NEH grant that developed “Picturing Modern America,” a website teaching teachers how to use documents with students. In 2003 he was recognized as a Transatlantic Fellow by Germany’s Goethe Institut and in 1999 he received the Michigan Council for the Social Studies “Outstanding Social Studies Educator Award.”

Office: Powers 117
Phone: (989) 774–2437
Email: feder1mr@cmich.edu
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Recent Publications

Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan (Wayne State University Press, 2010).

“Up North with the Hemingways,” Michigan History Magazine (2007).

"“Picturing Prairie Life,” Center for Children and Technology / Educational Development Center, http://www.edc.org/CCT/PMA/prairie/index.html.

“The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy,” Library of Congress American Memory Learning Page, http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/conservation/.​​

Current Courses

Fall ​2015

  • HST 210WI - US History Through Michigan Eyes​
  • HST 300 - A Mid-tier Experience for History Majors: Teaching History in Secondary Schools ​

Spring ​2016

  • HST 300 - A Mid-tier Experience for History Majors: Teaching History in Secondary Schools
  • HST 400 - History for​ Secondary Schools