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 INTRODUCTION LETTER

Hello. My name is John Kincheloe, but you can call me “Kinch.” I will be your instructor for the upcoming history course and I look forward to working with you. I presently teach United States History, Western Civilization, Maritime and Virginia History at Northern Virginia Community College - Loudoun.

I am a native Virginian and proud of it. I attended Hampden-Sydney College for my BA, then moved to Colorado to attempt the life of a Ski Bum before returning to my studies at James Madison University and University of Connecticut. In the process I managed to hike, bike, and paddle over 12,000 expedition miles, crossing the United States by my own power four times. I specialize in Maritime and Colonial Atlantic History. I am married to Casey Berthelot Kincheloe.  My progeny are Charlie and Caroline.  I have a passion for the outdoors and the high seas.  I hope to save the world someday, but for now I am just loving life.  Go to my "home" page for contact information, Office hours, and syllabi and my "about me" page for more about my passions.

ABOUT THE Online/Hybrid COURSES:
Online and Hybrid courses are obviously not like standard history courses where students meet with the entire class on a bi-weekly basis. Rather, you yourself will be responsible for keeping up with the weekly readings and assignments. Basically, you will only get out of this class what you put into it. Please do remember that it is YOUR responsibility to keep copies of all of your coursework and graded assignments. Make sure to refer to the course schedule often!

CONTACTING ME:
Online and on the ground instruction is a learning experience for all concerned, and we may hit some snags along the way. Staying in touch with me and informing me as soon as problems arise is the best way to keep things running smoothly. I am here to help you get as much as possible out of this course, so let me know if you need anything. And thanks in advance for your patience should any bumps in the road arise.

I am on campus and randomly online when you least expect it. The best way to contact me is by e-mail jkincheloe@nvcc.edu I check it at least once a day Mon. – Fri. [In the e-mail or voice mail be sure to let me know which course you are in.]

There is no formal in-person orientation currently scheduled for courses, but review all course materials, and then e-mail me any questions you may have.

Finally, please remember to make frequent use of the materials in Kinch's Writing Guide and Charlie’s History Writing Center. Again, welcome to the course and best wishes.

–Kinch

Nova Online phone#: (703) 323-3347