Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History
and Urban Education, University of the District of Columbia (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1976). He has been
the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University,
the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and
the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University. He also served as a Professor of History
at each of those institutions. In the 1970's and early 80's he was Professor of History at the University of
Texas, and director of that school's University Honors Program and founding director of the History Teaching Center, a
pioneering program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities to promote greater collaboration between history
teachers on the secondary level and university and college research historians. From 1984 to 1986, he served as director of
the National History Teaching Center, which had a similar mission on the national level.
His historical scholarship
centers on the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East (principal works include The
March to Zion: United States Policy and the Founding of Israel, 1980, 2000), but he has long taken an interest in teaching
and learning issues and in recent years has contributed to the scholarship in that area. Internationally recognized for his
insights into teaching and learning and for a fifteen-year study of what the best educators do, he has been invited in recent
years to present workshops or lectures at over three hundred universities and events--in the United States, Canada,
Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. His learning research has concentrated on a wide range of issues,
including deep and sustained learning and the creation of natural critical learning environments.
His book What the Best College Teachers Do. (Harvard University Press, 2004) won the 2004 Virginia
and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society, and has been one of the top selling books on higher
education. It has been translated into twelve languages. He has won four major teaching awards, including a teacher-of-the-year
award, faculty nomination for the Minnie Piper Foundation Award for outstanding college teacher in Texas in 1980 and 1981,
and Honors Professor of the Year Awards in 1985 and 1986. A 1990 national publication named him one of the best teachers in
the United States.
He has received awards from the Harry S Truman Library, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the Ford
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the International Studies Association, among others. He is currently
completing his third book on U.S. relations with the Middle East (The Last Journey Home:
Franklin Roosevelt and the Middle East). In August 2012 Harvard University Press will publish his most recent
work, What the Best College Students Do, a study of highly creative people and how they got to be that way.
Ken Bain, historian, educator, and author of the international best-seller What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004) conducts a workshop
for Canadian professors.
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