As a proponent of experiential learning, Prof. Herbst leads humanities-themed wilderness seminars in the deserts and mountains of Southern California, working collaboratively with Outback Adventures, and was a founding faculty member of UC San Diego’s Global Seminars (2008-present). He has led undergraduate world history programs in France (2008), Turkey (2009-12), England (2013), Thailand and Cambodia (2014), and upcoming in New Zealand (2017). He was also a founding member of the college-based First Year Experience program (2014-present), designed to enhance the effectiveness of the student transition to college, and teaches the Eleanor Roosevelt College freshman course each year.
Dr. Herbst’s professional efforts are founded on a commitment to public education, of which he is a product from elementary school in New York to his B.A. in History, Greek and Latin at Binghamton University and Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan. Interested in the critical links between higher and pre-collegiate education, he serves as a board member for a public school in Chula Vista, developed an Institute for middle and high school teachers called “Istanbul Between East and West: Crossroads of History” (2013 and 2015), which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is creating a new teacher Institute for Summer 2018. Prof. Herbst is currently building grant-funded online world history projects, working in partnership with UC San Diego’s Education Technology Services and the Office for Online and Technology Enhanced Education.
Prof. Herbst serves on university committees addressing disability and public service and is chair of the Educational Policy Committee (2016-17) and board chair of the Burke lectureship on religion and society (2015-present). He served as Associate Faculty Director of the Programs Abroad Office from 2013-2016 and has received numerous awards for teaching, including a UCSD Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015.
Courses. Making of the Modern World Classes: Pre-History and Ancient Foundations, Classical and Medieval Traditions 100BCE – 1200, New Ideas and Cultural Encounters 1200-1750, Revolution, Industry, Empire 1750-1914. Seminars: Disability and Inclusion, Pleasure or Duty: Choosing a Guide for Life, Desire & the Spiritual Life, God-Satan-&the Desert (Wilderness Seminar at Anza Borrego Desert State Park), Sacred Mountain (Wilderness Seminar at Mt. San Jacinto State Park), Desert Splendor (Wilderness seminar at Death Valley National Park), First Year Experience, International Student Transition. Other: Wilderness and Human Values, Byzantine and Ottoman Constantinople, Mystical Traditions, Byzantine Empire, Ancient World, Trade and World History, Eastern Christianity, World History Seminar, Introduction to Turkey.