David Pace


Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award (1994)
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History


Early in David Pace's career, he specialized in modern European intellectual and cultural history. His first book dealt with the history of Western visions of non-Western peoples, as reflected in the writings of the influential French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Pace's own involvement in campaigns to control nuclear weapons led him on to spend several years studying the initial French reactions to the atomic bomb and to nuclear energy. At the same time he developed a number of courses that he loved teaching, and it became increasingly important to explore new ways to help students master history. The appearance of a new field in academia, the scholarship of teaching and learning in the mid-1990s, gave him the opportunity to work with other historians throughout the world to study how students learn. Since 1998, Pace has served as the co-director of the I.U. Freshman Learning Project, a program that helps faculty across the campus develop new ways of overcoming bottlenecks to learning in large introductory classes.