My courses are student driven and place emphasis on clear communication, critical thinking, textual analysis, and building useful skills for the workplace. In addition to traditional assignments such as book reviews and argumentative essays, students in my courses have extensive opportunities for hands-on learning, including archival research and academic writing practicums.
At Kansas State University, I teach courses on Kansas, the American West, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the history of slavery and abolition, the long nineteenth century, and undergraduate survey courses. I teach HIST908: Nineteenth Century America on rotation and supervise both master's and doctoral students.
"Dr Epps was always very excited and prepared for class. Her knowledge of Kansas was astounding and kept me engaged every class. While the class was pointed towards history and education majors, it was very easy to digest as an outside major. I would personally take more courses taught by Dr. Epps in the future."
History of Kansas Student (2021)
A selection of sample syllabi and assignments from various undergraduate and graduate courses are available upon request.
"Dr. Epps is a great teacher! One of the best professors I've had at UCA. She is very passionate about history which shows through her lectures.... I have learned a lot about our history in this course."
U.S. Survey Student (2015)
"The variety of assignments helped me to understand different concepts, like historiography and primary sources.... Dr. Epps always provided us with links to any resource she thought would be beneficial to our learning, which was very helpful and interesting."
Civil War and Reconstruction Student (2014)
"I liked that Dr. Epps strongly encouraged student participation, made every part of the class relevant and interesting, [and] interacted with students to fully explain concepts. I LOVED HER!!!!!!!"
U.S. Survey Student (2018)