Tom Schrand

Tom Schrand
Associate Dean, General Education
Program Director, B.S. in Environmental Sustainability
Professor, History

Tom graduated with a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. He has taught a variety of courses in world history and contemporary global issues and currently teaches courses such as Fundamentals of Sustainability, Global Environmental History, and Sustainability and Development in the Non-Western World in the Environmental Sustainability program.

As associate dean for general education, Tom oversees the Hallmarks Program for General Education and the electronic portfolio process for all PhilaU undergraduates. He also serves as program director for the undergraduate degree program in Environmental Sustainability. His research interests include curriculum design, pedagogical practices, equity issues in sustainability theory, and the gender dynamics of the Stalin era of Soviet history.


  1. (with John Eliason) “Feedback practices and signature pedagogies: what can the liberal arts learn from the design critique?” Teaching in Higher Education, 2011.

  2. "Socialism in One Gender: Masculine Values in the Stalin Revolution," in Russian Masculinities in History and Culture, Barbara Evans Clements, Rebecca Friedman and Dan Healey, editors.  Palgrave, 2002.

  3. “Soviet ‘Civic-Minded Women’ in the 1930's:  Class, Gender, and Industrialization in a Socialist Society,” Journal of Women's History, vol. 11, no. 3, Autumn 1999.