Mike Segrist, a graduate student in the Department of Urban Education, recently authored and published a scholarly article in a peer-reviewed academic journal. He wrote the paper – “How U.S. Military Intervention in Vietnam Changed Texas Culture” – in assistant professor Colin Dalton’s Reading Curriculum, Methods, Assessment, and Diagnosis for Special Populations class. The article was published in the Fall/Winter 2014 edition of The Social Studies Texan: The Official Journal of the Texas Council for the Social Studies. Segrist will also present the paper at the Texas Council for the Social Studies Conference in Fort Worth later this year.
Segrist teaches Advanced Placement European History and United States History to juniors and seniors at Sam Rayburn High School in the Pasadena Independent School District. He previously earned a Master of Arts in History at UH-Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Arts in History at UHD. He started working on a Master of Teaching at UHD last year.
Dalton explained, “I wanted to model for Mike the literacy demands of a meaningful writing project, so he can incorporate similar projects scaled for his high school Advanced Placement history students. Also, since Mike is working on a graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL), I wanted him to develop an advanced understanding of Houston’s Vietnamese population.”
Segrist added, “The project required background reading, multiple drafts, and field trips to Vietnamese neighborhoods, restaurants, and cafes.” He added, “The field trips tied the project together, especially taking photos of the Vietnamese War Memorial and Vietnamese businesses flying the pre-war Vietnamese flag.”