Arthur Mehrhoff

Teaching Background

I bring considerable experience in education to the Academic Coordinator’s fundamental challenge of making the Museum of Art & Archaeology an even more valuable educational resource for the university and community. I began teaching high school history and social studies in Detroit during the early Seventies, then worked in adult education before moving back home to Saint Louis, Missouri to work on my Master’s degree at Washington University. In the early Eighties I earned a doctorate in American Studies at Saint Louis University, where I was a Graduate Teaching Fellow and served on the Graduate Council of the university. After graduation I worked as a Museum Educator at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) on the Saint Louis riverfront, interpreting museum artifacts (including the Arch itself) to local, national, and international visitors. That exciting museum experience changed my entire approach to teaching. Material culture became the focal point for my teaching activities, providing a valuable counterpoint to human memory and historical documents in helping people connect with the Past.

I taught at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota for fifteen years, eventually directing the Heritage Preservation Program. I served on the Faculty Senate, Curriculum Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and chaired the Community Relations Committee. I also served as a Scholar at the Centre for British Studies, a Research Fellow for the Northwest Area Foundation (Saint Paul), and on the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and received an Outstanding Faculty Award. I retired from Saint Cloud State University as an Emeritus Professor in 2003. After returning to my home state of Missouri, I served as Guest Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in Saint Louis, teaching courses on heritage preservation, urban studies, research methods, and material culture studies. I occasionally serve as a guest lecturer here at Mizzou and also teach an online distance learning course (ARCHST 4630/7630) entitled Community Design: Shaping Human Settlements for the Department of Architectural Studies. These teaching activities connect me to the university’s core mission, enhance the educational role of the Museum, and they are still fun…

Guest Lecture