AP Summer Institutes

AP Summer Institutes (APSI)

2019 APSI Registration - Is Now Open

The University of Dallas will hold four Advanced Placement Summer Institutes for teachers during the week of July 15 – 18, 2019. Tuition for each APSI is $525. Lunch will be provided each day in the University of Dallas cafeteria for all APSI participants. Housing and meals are available for those who wish to stay on campus overnight. The fee for room and board is $350.


During the week of July 15 -18 there will be institutes in the following content areas: 

European History

Consultant: Robert Wade

Robert Wade currently a teacher and the Social Studies Department Chair at John Paul II HS in Plano. He has been in public and parochial education for more than 40 years. For much of his career he has taught World Cultures, AP European History, and College Prep. Robert has served as both a reader for the AP European History Exam for 19 years, as well as a National College Board AP Consultant for the past 19 years. He is the author of the Teacher’s Resource Guide for “The Making of the West by Lynn Hunt“ as well as writing new material for the Kagan textbook to be used in preparation for the new exam. Most recently he served as one of the two chief reviewers of the new Amsco review book by Perfection Learning. For more information please visit our College Board AP Summer Placement Speakers page.


Consultant: Robert Cape

Dr. Robert Cape is Professor of Classics at Austin College, Sherman, Texas. He is the immediate past Chief Reader of the AP Latin exam and has served on the AP Latin Development Committee and as a Reader and Table Leader for eighteen years. Professor Cape's areas of research include Roman political speech and social values, women in antiquity, Latin pedagogy, and the classical world in modern film and science fiction. He has received national awards for teaching and research from the American Philological Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Cape has worked closely with Latin teachers for over thirty years. For more information please visit our College Board AP Summer Placement Speakers page.

US Government and Politics

Consultant: Lorrainne Dumerer

Lori Dumerer teaches AP US Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP United States History at RL Turner High School in Carrollton, TX and had served as AP Lead Social Studies for CFBISD. She had taught at North Dallas High School in Dallas, TX where she also served as Social Studies Department Chair. Additionally, she held the position of Dean of Faculty at Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont. A curriculum writer and author, her articles have appeared in the state social studies journal. A College Board Trained Consultant in AP Government and Politics, she presents selected topics for AP Government at the AP Annual Conference. For more information please visit our College Board AP Summer Placement Speakers page.

US History

Consultant: John Irish

Dr. John P. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, American Studies AP, and Special Topics in Humanities classes called “People and Places in History” at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is a nationally certified consultant in AP U.S. History for the Southwestern Region of the College Board and serves as a Question Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He is the co-Chair of the College Board AP U.S. History Test Development Committee (DC), which is the group responsible for creating the new exam, overseeing continuing changes to the curriculum, and developing / presenting training for teachers across the country at state and national venues. He was on the writing team that published a four volume updated edition of the AP U.S. History Workbooks by the Center for Learning, along with a curriculum unit on Edward Bellamy’s novel “Looking Backward” also by the Center for Learning. He has published three books in the series on the Historical Thinking Skills for the redesigned AP History courses; these are published by Norton. . For more information please visit our College Board AP Summer Placement Speakers page.



University of Dallas - High School Summer Programs

For over twenty years, the University of Dallas has provided high school students with summer and study abroad opportunities modeled after its signature Rome program. These programs offer college credit and are held on our main campus in Irving, TX and sister campus in Rome, Italy, and are designed to show students the great and lasting pleasures that accompany a good educational experience.

Our summer programs reflect the core curriculum of the university, much of which is devoted to the careful reading of the great works in the tradition of western thought. All programs are led by university faculty through small-group discussions and tutorials while visiting relevant historical and cultural sites. The emphasis is on enabling students to not only read with greater insight but also become more polished writers and speakers, preparing them for success in college while forming the long-lasting friendships that inevitably develop in a learning community.


The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

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To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

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Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library Showcases Rare Books Room

No longer relegated to the damp lower level, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Rare Books Room has for the past two years occupied a prime spot on the second floor, where there used to be study carrels. The room, made of glass walls, is normally locked and only opened by appointment, but on Sept. 26, the library hosted an open house for faculty and staff to come and examine these treasures.

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