Professor of History
Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program
B.A., Kennesaw State University
M.A., Ph.D., Emory University
Teaching and Scholarly Interests: World War II, Germany, Holocaust, Eastern Europe, History of Science
Theresa L. Ast completed a Masters thesis about the concentration camp Dachau and a dissertation about the American soldiers who liberated the Nazi concentration camp system during World War II. In 1992, she was awarded the John Snell Paper Prize given by the Southern Historical Association for the best thesis produced in a southern university.
She regularly teaches the two European history survey courses and offers the following seminars: Twentieth Century Europe, Modern Germany, The Holocaust in History, History of Science, Conflict in the Twentieth Century (235M), and War and Society (LST 301).
Dr. Ast has received teaching awards from the University of West Georgia and Reinhardt University. She received the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award in 2000. She was selected to participate in the 2001 National Archives Documents Training Program, "Primarily Teaching," in Washington, D.C. and was selected to participate in the Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellow Program in 2003-2004.
She is particularly interested in bringing the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" to the Reinhardt campus and has participated in a number of Teaching Circles. In 2007, she received the Elizabeth Moss Bailey Mentor Award from Reinhardt students. In addition to coordinating the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Dr. Ast is currently editing a collection of poetry written by a Polish-American immigrant.