About Lendol Calder

Lendol CalderLendol Calder is chair of the department of history at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. Selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 1999, he has been working with others in the emergent field of the scholarship of teaching and learning to invent and share new models for teaching and learning at the post-secondary level. Calder’s research examines the problem of coverage in introductory courses and is part of a larger effort to forge a “signature pedagogy” for the discipline of history. A popular presenter and Workshop leader, he has consulted for national initiatives such as the Teaching American History Grant Program, the Quality in Undergraduate Education Project, and will represent the Organization of American Historians for 2006–2008 on the board of the National Council on History Education (NCHE). Calder’s 1999 book Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “deliciously seditious” for the ways it inverted common assumptions about the meaning of credit in American life. Calder is currently at work on “The Thrift and American Culture Project,” a multidisciplinary scholarly initiative examining the history and significance of a thrift ethos in American life.

Contact Dr. Calder at hicalder@augustana.edu
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