Faculty Spotlight

William B. Allen
Faculty

Professor William B. Allen is emeritus dean and Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, and 2008-09 Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was recently the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is an expert on liberal arts education, its history, importance and problems. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Toward A Fair Michigan, whose mission was to further understanding of the equal opportunity issues involved in guaranteeing civil rights for all citizens, and to provide a civic forum for a fair and open exchange of views on the question of affirmative action.

He has published extensively, most notably, George Washington: A Collection (Liberty Press). In 2008 appeared George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.), and The Personal and the Political: Three Fables by Montesquieu (UPA). Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe was published later in 2008. He previously published Habits of Mind: Fostering Access and Excellence in Higher Education, with Carol M. Allen (Transaction), The Essential Antifederalist, with Gordon Lloyd (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Federalist Papers: A Commentary (Peter Lang). He served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as chairman and member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

College Credit Plus

With many states and school districts now making a push to offer College Credit Plus programs—college-level courses on high school campuses—teachers like you need courses that can prepare you for the challenge of college-level instruction.  Whether your state calls it College Credit Plus, Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit, Postsecondary Education Option, or another moniker, Ashland’s graduate courses in American history and government are suitable for secondary school teachers seeking additional expertise, as well as college credit plus pathways to qualification as community college adjunct instructors.

Getting Started

In higher education, hiring institutions determine the qualifications required for potential instructors.  Typically, this is a master’s degree in the subject area to be taught OR a master’s degree in any field plus 18 hours in the subject area.  Consult the hiring institution for their exact requirements.  We strongly encourage you to contact the community college with which your school district has partnered before you begin your studies. 

Looking to earn a master’s degree to become qualified to teach College Credit Plus courses?

Both the MAHG and MASTAHG degree options are suitable for K-12 teachers who wish to become qualified to teach college-level courses on a high school campus or as an adjunct instructor at a community college. Again, you are encouraged to contact the hiring institution to determine exactly which Ashland courses will best prepare you to become an adjunct instructor.

Learn more about Ashland's Master of Arts in American History and Government and Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government degree programs. Ready to get started? Apply today.

Already have a master’s degree in education or another field?

If you already have a Master of Education or similar degree, it may be possible to qualify as a College Credit Plus instructor by enrolling at Ashland on a non-degree basis to take additional course work in American history or government. Again, you are encouraged to contact the hiring institution to determine exactly which Ashland courses will best prepare you to become an adjunct instructor.

Enrolling on a non-degree basis is easy. View the schedule of upcoming courses.  When you are ready to enroll, apply online for admission as a College Credit Plus/Dual-Enrollment student.

Planning Your College Credit Plus Curriculum

Your College Credit Plus program should be guided by the college-level subjects you plan to teach. The College Credit Plus pathway for an adjunct history instructor will be a little different from that prescribed for a government instructor, though there will likely be some overlap between the two. Not to worry, however. Our faculty advisors are available to work with you, your administration, and your district's higher education partner to find the right courses for you.

To help you get started with course selection, we've put together a handy guide listing courses suggested for future history instructors and those suggested for future government instructors. We strongly suggest choosing courses in consultation with the community college for which you will work. Have questions about our courses or need sample syllabi? Feel free to contact us at mahg@ashland.edu or (419) 289-5411.