Dr. Andrea Oliver
Job Title: Professor
Company Name: Tallahassee Community College
Address: 444 Appleyard Drive Tallahassee, FL 32327
A native of Greenville, Florida by way of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Oliver is a three-time graduate of Florida State University obtaining a Bachelor's, Masters and Doctorate in Political Communications, Social Science Education, and 20th Century African American History respectively. She is a decorated educator with 25 years of teaching experience in the pre-collegiate and collegiate classroom. For five years, she was the Coordinator of Teacher Education at Tallahassee Community College. The program saw an enrollment increase of more than 30% under her leadership, and during her tenure, she placed more than 700 preservice teachers in classrooms and youth programs all over the country. An in-demand speaker on cultural competence, digital learning and American history, Dr. Oliver is currently working on the publication of her first textbook, Long Time Coming: A Comprehensive Study of the African American Experience. This innovative digital text will be released in August.
Description of Assigned Session:
Building B.R.I.D.G.E.S. = Building Intergenerational Experiences Through Civic Engagement Training Preservice Teachers and Culturally Competent Citizens through Academic Service Using my experiences as both a middle school and college-level educator, I will discuss ways that teachers can tap into their students' natural curiosities and digital skillsets by assigning oral history and service-learning projects that have them engage with people who are both older and younger than them. I plan to use real-world examples of projects that I've done with my own students and invite participants to think through ways they can adapt these activities to suit their own classroom needs.
Past Clients/Conference Appearances:
Slave Health: a Picture of Sickness in the Old South Florida Conference of Historians. March 2001, Tallahassee, Florida. I Pledge Allegiance to the American Way: Florida's Communism Versus Americanism Course 1961" 1989. Southern Education Historical Society (SHOES) Conference. March 2002, Birmingham, Alabama. I Pledge Allegiance to the American Way: Florida's Communism versus Americanism Course. American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference. April 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana. For the Soul of the Village: Fraternal and Mutual Aid Societies in 20th Century Madison County, Florida. National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) Conference. February 2008, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Designing an Online American History Class. Organization of American Historians" Community College Division, May 2009, Tampa, Florida. Keynote/Featured Speaker for Emancipation and Black History Observances Regionally
A Long Time Coming: A Comprehensive Study of the African American Experience - August 2020 Authored entries for: Brown Versus Board of Education, Civil Defense Education, and Free Speech Movement for Onyx Dictionary of American Education History. The First of the Firsts: The South's First Black Valedictorians and Salutatorians in the era of Desegregation. Under development Projected Publication: Summer 2021.
Professor - American History/African American History Tallahassee Community College
Favorite African American History Quote: "History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals." -Malcolm X
I am the married mother of three children: Julia, Madison and Eddie II. My husband Eddie is an award winning 10 year veteran math teacher. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I enjoy reading, gardening, exercising and spending time with family in my spare time.