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Meet Alumnus Dan Kunze

I graduated from Temple in 2008 with Honors in History. Since then, I have successfully managed a Pennsylvania State House campaign. Graduated from law school while working full-time. Commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Consulted and worked with chief information officers for Fortune 500 companies in the Washington, DC Metro area.

Currently, I manage a $10M business with 6 direct reports for the world’s leading technology research and advisory firm based in Tennessee and Kentucky. Additionally, I work as an officer in Cyber Operations for the U.S. Army responsible for supporting Asia Pacific.

In the future, I intend to enhance my education with an MBA and continue to gain greater responsibility leading larger, more complicated, and global organizations.

As I have learned, experienced, and developed, I have paid particular attention and pushed back strongly against those that say an education in liberal arts isn’t valuable and that you are setting yourself up for a life of poverty and limited career options. I have pushed back particularly hard against those that say an education in history isn’t valuable. As I’ve gained the benefit of time and perspective, I have learned that the skills developed through an education in history are becoming increasingly important and will yield greater opportunities in the coming years.

In the decades to come, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robots will take away the need for basic technical skills in a variety of disciplines: finance, information technology, human resources, sales, marketing, supply chain, and legal will all be impacted by technology. We will continue to automate redundant processes and move human involvement higher in the value chain. Technical skills will be written into software and algorithms managed by technology and code executed by machines.

As this shift continues and accelerates, an education in history will become increasingly valuable. When humans become less responsible for technical skills, people will need the skills required to be successful in history, and more broadly, liberal arts. The need for deeper human empathy, leadership, and analytical skills will increase.

As momentum gains and digitalization of economies take place, history will be one of the best disciplines for creating deep awareness and context for what is happening around us.

You would do well to major in history. Change is coming, fast.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality: Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship Position

The Department of History at Temple University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of women, gender, and sexuality, with a preference for a scholar whose research focuses on Europe. Time period is open. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the History department’s undergraduate curriculum through courses in the history of women, gender, and sexuality and its graduate program’s concentration in Environments, Cities, and Cultures. Additionally, the candidate is expected to teach courses in the College of Liberal Arts’ Global Studies Program, an undergraduate interdisciplinary program focusing on global economies and cultures. Applications should include:

  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • Sample syllabi for a course (at any level) on women, gender, and sexuality and an introductory global studies class for undergraduates.

Three letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover. Candidates may be asked subsequently to submit research materials in the form of articles or a dissertation chapter. Review of files will begin November 1, 2017. Submit materials via Interfolio at the following link. Temple University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Olivia D'Aiutolo

Meet Olivia D’Aiutolo: Temple Alumna Dangerous with Flintlock

When I chose to major in history at the start of my undergraduate career, I was certain I would be going to law school and becoming a lawyer. When I changed my mind about that in my Olivia D'Aiutolo 1sophomore year, I knew I would stick with history because I loved it. I graduated from Temple in 2016 with a bachelor’s in history and a special foreign language certificate in Italian. I chose Italian because of my familial background and a desire to study abroad in Italy—which I did do in 2014.

A month after graduation, I moved to Newport News, VA, five minutes from Yorktown and twenty from Williamsburg. I applied for every job with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for which I could be qualified and obtained a postgraduate internship in development. I’ve gotten to be extremely involved in history despite working in development. In fact, I am writing this in my office in the St. George Tucker House, built in 1718, just off Palace Green.

Our division takes a day to engage in the activities that our visitors enjoy so that we may better convey information and relate to our donors. In September, I tested the new musket range, where I shot 18th century flintlock muskets and fowlers. That was one of the best experiences I’ve had here thus far—feeling the weight of the musket, trying to load it clumsily and slowly—because I felt closer to the part of history I focused on at Temple, the American Revolution.

In August 2017, I will be attending the College of William & Mary as a master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program with the hope of becoming an academic advisor. While I feel confident in this new direction, I won’t forget that studying history provided me with the skills and knowledge to get to this point. As a history student at Temple, I drastically improved my writing, research method, critical thinking, and historical understanding. I became significantly more organized, efficient, and detail-oriented. The only concern I’m left with after graduating from Temple is that I know Chicago format with my eyes closed—but in the School of Education at William & Mary, I will be writing almost exclusively in APA.