DR. JOSHUA HEVERT
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HISTORY - EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
A Journey Through History
Dr. Hevert received his PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016.
Dr. Hevert began teaching at Cotton Valley Early College High School in 2017, specializing in Pre-AP World History and Dual Credit United States History. He also sponsors CVECHS' Anime Club and founded the Dungeons and Dragons Club in 2018.
Dr. Hevert also keeps an active research profile, both in his specialty, pre-modern World History, and in the pedagogy of the discipline. He is currently preparing a manuscript for publication, tentatively titled, "Orthodoxy Abroad: Theological Colonization in the Early Fourteenth Century," which will explore the efforts of the Latin Church to spread its faith outside of Europe during that time period.
In addition, Dr. Hevert is deeply interested in the "gamification" of the history classroom and keeps a blog about the introduction of the classroom RPG, "Classcraft," here on this site. He hopes to publish some research on his experience(s) in the near future.
He also has three dogs, loves Star Wars and Marvel Comics, and plays video games in his spare time.
Overview of Courses
During their sophomore year, students explore the various cultures of the world from humanity's beginnings until the present.
The overall goal of world history, beyond introducing the students to world cultures, is to prepare the students for the rigors of the college history classroom they will encounter the following year.
Students learn how to engage with primary sources, develop historical arguments, and, at the end of the second semester, produce a museum exhibit on a topic of their choosing.
Dual Credit US History
During their junior year, CVECHS students take EPCC's introductory United States History sequence: History 1301 and History 1302.
While the course proceeds chronologically, each semester has a particular theme and focus. The first semester examines closely the relationship between the development of the United States and the institution of slavery. The second semester focuses on the struggle for civil rights and the United States as a world power.
Though the course uses the textbook supplied by EPCC to ground students in the historical context, students spend the majority of this course digging deep into primary source material and doing the work of the historian themselves.