Upcoming Institutes

The U.S. Constitution in American History: 1750–1877

On June 21–24, 2022, Humanities Texas will partner with Southern Methodist University to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering U.S. constitutional history from the founding period through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Dates and Location

The institute will take place on the campus of Southern Methodist University from June 21–24, 2022.


Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The institute will cover significant constitutional history in the United States from the founding period through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Presentation topics include antecedents of American national government; the Constitutional convention; the arguments of Federalists and the Anti-Federalists; the Bill of Rights; Jefferson, Jackson, and democratizing the Constitution; contending visions of Chief Justices John Marshall and Roger Taney; the Constitution and women; the Constitution and Native Americans; the Constitution, slavery, and the Court; Lincoln, the Civil War, and the evolution of Presidential power; emancipation, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the shifting meaning of the Civil War; the Civil War Amendments; and the rise and fall of Reconstruction.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will emphasize close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.


The program faculty includes Christopher Bonner (University of Maryland), Charles Flanagan (National Archives and Records Administration), Lorri Glover (Saint Louis University), Hilary Green (University of Alabama), Brian Luskey (West Virginia University), Bill Meier (Texas Christian University), and Joseph F. Kobylka, Ken Hamilton, and Andrew Graybill of Southern Methodist University.


The institute is open to secondary-level social studies teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credits

The institutes are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $400 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost and can be requested on the application.

Teachers traveling to the institute from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals and lodging are not reimbursable. Reimbursement rates are set by the State of Texas. Itemized receipts are required for all costs excluding gas. Please review the Humanities Texas travel policy for program participants for more information.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed $300.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited.


The institute is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Hearst Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.