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 Master’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 and Cultural Geography. He also teaches History for Teachers, a course designed for students seeking Texas Teacher Certification, and American survey courses. 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. In this role, Yarema integrates the geographic and cultural backgrounds to the Lesson Study process. Together they have made presentations to teachers 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.