Central Connecticut State University History DepartmentCentral Connecticut State University - History Department

Stephen McGrathStephen McGrath

Adjunct Professor of History

Phone: (860) 832-2803
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: mcgraths@ccsu.edu

Stephen P. McGrath received his B.S. in history at CCSU, his M.A. in history from Trinity College, and a Master of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Steve taught in the Ridgefield and New Milford school systems, where he served as Social Studies Coordinator for grades 6-12.  He retired from his position as Social Studies Supervisor in the West Hartford school system in 2005. Since then he has taught the American history survey courses and the social studies methods course for elementary school teachers.  He has supervised Central’s student teachers in social studies since 2005.

Steve has twenty-six years experience teaching at the university level, having taught American history courses at WCSU for thirteen years and at Central for thirteen years as well.   He was Master Teacher for the Charter Oak Collaborative, a Teaching American History staff-development project for elementary and secondary teachers at CREC in Hartford from 2004 to 2011.

Steve is on the Board of Trustees at the Litchfield Historical Society and served as President of the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. Steve has lectured on topics relating to the American Revolution for the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, the Connecticut League of Historical Organizations, the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, the Old State House in Hartford, the Merryall Center for the Arts in New Milford, the Litchfield Historical Society, and the Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Library in Litchfield.  His latest article, entitled “Free Speech, John C. Calhoun, and the War of 1812 in Oliver Wolcott’s Backyard” appeared in the Spring, 2013, issue of Connecticut History.

While serving in secondary education Steve received the following awards:  U.S. Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher Award (1993); the John F. Kennedy Library Teaching Award (1990); the Academic Leadership Award for the New Milford Public Schools (1984), and the Outstanding Young Educator Award for Ridgefield, Connecticut (1976).