Allan Yarema joined the Department of History in Fall 1999. His dissertation, Guidelines for Undergraduate, Entry-Level, Survey Courses in United States History: A Case Study identified essential elements for an entry-level United States history sequence. From this work he published “A Decade of Debate: Improving Content and Interest in History Education” in The History Teacher. Yarema’s thesis examined the American Colonization Society from which he published his book The American Colonization Society: An Avenue to Freedom? Recent publications include “Riveting the Chains of Slavery: The Irony of the American Colonization Society” in Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South and “American Colonization Society” and “Colonization” in The Essential Lincoln: A Political Encyclopedia.
Yarema teaches World Geography (GEOG 235) and Cultural Geography (GEOG 354). He also teaches History for Teachers (HIST 496), a course designed for students seeking Texas Teacher Certification, The American South (HIST 482), and American survey courses (HIST 221, 222). In addition he, advises students for Social Studies and History teaching certification.
Yarema’s other interests include working with his wife, Connie Yarema in the Mathematics Department, implementing Lesson Study, a professional development model for teachers that originated in Japan. They were participants in the Japanese Lesson Study Immersion Program in Tokyo, Japan in 2007. In addition, they were participants at the Chicago Lesson Study Conference at DePaul University in 2010 and 2013. They also attended Lesson Study Open House at Harlem Village Academies in New York City, New York, and Greenwich Japanese School in Greenwich, Connecticut in 2011. Together they have made presentations at Texas A&M University – Commerce, University of Houston – Sugar Land, University of Houston – Victoria, and Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, and to higher education faculty at The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center’s Annual Higher Education Conference. In July 2011 they presented at an international conference held in Alice Springs, Australia.