Rev. Edward Udovic, C.M., DePaul University’s Vice President of Teaching & Learning Resources, Senior Executive for University Mission, and Associate Professor of History, won the Center for Research Libraries
’ (CRL) Primary Source Award for Teaching this year for his Chicago Quarter class, “The Lincoln Park Neighborhood: Then and Now.”
CRL is an international collective of university, college, and independent research libraries whose mission is to support “advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.” CRL presents the annual award to recognize teachers who encourage the innovative use of primary sources on behalf of their students’ educational experience.
According to the award announcement:
“Providing a structured introduction to urban, local, and educational history, as well as museum and material culture studies, Udovic’s course ensured that first-year students at DePaul engaged with primary source materials from their first days at the university, and developed an initial awareness of the role that special collections, archives, and museums may play in their undergraduate education.”
Udovic’s course makes extensive use of primary source materials available at the Chicago History Museum
and DePaul University Library’s Special Collections and Archives
. Noted Udovic, “Over the years DePaul’s archive has purposely built a Lincoln Park collection that illustrates the neighborhood’s long and interesting history. These collections provide the backbone of the course’s pedagogy as do intensive neighborhood walking tours.” In addition to garnering recognition from CRL, the course’s focus on primary sources has also been well received by another key audience: DePaul students. “Students always react positively and enthusiastically when directly engaged with a wide variety of primary source materials” Udovic reflected. “For many of them it is the first time where history hasn’t been mediated to them through textbooks.”
The library would like to congratulate Fr. Udovic, for receiving this award and encourage faculty to consult with our archivists
on how to incorporate DePaul’s diverse archival collections into their courses.
More information on the award and on Fr. Udovic’s course is in the Spring 2013 issue of the CRL “Focus” newsletter available at http://www.crl.edu/focus/article/9267
An additional example of a course that draws on DePaul University Archives and Special Collections is available at (http://news.library.depaul.edu/news/post/2010/03/Warren-Schultz-takes-students-back-to-1930e28099s-China.aspx