Missouri Summer Teachers Academy

In Summer 2016, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, the Kinder Institute launched the Missouri Summer Teachers Academy, a residential conference that provides high school social studies teachers from around the state with an opportunity to gain new content knowledge in their field by studying alongside Mizzou faculty.

Thanks to the generosity of the Missouri Humanities Council, teachers’ participation in the conference is fully subsidized, with housing, meals, and materials provided, as well as a small stipend to offset travel and other costs related to attending. After having to cancel the conference in Summer 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our hope is to be back at full capacity in June 2021. A theme for the 2021 conference will be announced at the beginning of the nomination period, is typically mid-January.

See the “How to Attend” tab for instructions on nominating a teacher to participate (self-nominations are absolutely accepted), keeping in mind that the deadline to apply is April 1, and that applications will be considered on a rolling basis until we reach capacity (16) for participation. All nominations can be sent to MSTA Coordinator Thomas Kane at

Academy Overview

The Academy typically takes place in mid-June, kicking off with an opening night reception and then giving way to two full days of seminars, lunch discussions, and keynote lectures. Teachers are housed in the historic Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia, and all academic events take place in the Kinder Institute’s seminar room in Jesse Hall, right in the heart of Mizzou’s campus. Seminar sessions, which make up a bulk of the programming, bring a mix of lecture and Q&A, and in the past, they have been led by MU faculty from across multiple departments on campus, including History, Political Science, Education, Law, Black Studies, Russian & German Studies, and English.

In terms of subject matter, past iterations the Teachers Academy have explored a wide range of themes, from the conceptual to the highly subject-specific. For example, in year one, teachers examined the theme of “Majority Rule & Minority Rights,” in 2018, they looked at “Missouri History,” and in 2019, they focused on the theory and global history of revolutions.

How to Attend

All high school social studies teachers in the state of Missouri are eligible to attend. Self-nominations are acceptable, as are outside nominations by a principal, department head, or district coordinator. In all cases, nominations should include the following information: name, school/school district, and classes and grades taught. Self-nominations should also include a brief statement on how participating in the Academy will benefit the applicant’s work in the classroom, while outside nominations should include a brief statement on how nominees have distinguished themselves as a social studies educator.

Nominations for the 2020 Teachers Academy will open on January 1 and should be sent via email to MSTA Coordinator Thomas Kane, Nominations will close on April 1 and will be considered on a rolling basis.