Steve Mintz, Executive Director, comes to the University of Texas System from Columbia University, where he was a professor of history and director of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center.
A former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, he has taught at Oberlin College, the University of Houston, Harvard University’s Extension School, Pepperdine University, and Universitat-GH- Siegen.
A leading authority on the history of families and children, he is the author and editor of 13 books, including Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood, which received major prizes from the Association of American Publishers, the Organization of American Historians, and the Texas Institute of Letters. He has also served as president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, and chaired the Council on Contemporary Families, an organization of leading academics and clinicians committed to improving the public conversation on families and their needs.
A past president of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, which serves over 200,000 academics world-wide, he is also the creator of the Digital History website, which is used by 150,000 teachers and students a week and has been named one of the Top 5 sites in U.S. history and been placed on the National Endowment for the Humanities EdSitement list of exemplary online resources in the humanities.
In addition to playing an active role in the professional development of K-12 teachers and in programs to bring students from historically underrepresented groups into the professoriate, he was recently inducted into the Society of American Historians, whose membership is limited to 250 scholars and professional writers of history chosen on the basis of literary distinction. He has also chaired the Bancroft Prize and Frederick Douglass Book Prize juries, and received over $12 million in external funding, including two National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants. He frequently appears on public radio and in The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post. See Dr. Mintz discuss UT’s collaboration with edX here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY8L0CyCOAg