Rob Reep

Rob Reep, owner and founder of Fossil HD, a history and humanities online magazine based in Bradley County, has been appointed to Arkansas State University History Department’s advisory council.

In preparation for a major review of all departments by the Higher Learning Commission, ASU will conduct program evaluations for all degree programs. As a part of the History Department’s review process, that department’s assessment committee created an advisory council composed of alumni, like Reep, who have remained actively engaged in the department’s activities.

The committee will be charged with making suggestions on how ASU can best improve the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as make recommendations for what types of instructional strategies the department should be developing in order for the classes to engage students. The council will be asked to give their input on whether the department should consider expanding online course offerings or even online degree programs. They will look at how the department can improve advising.

The department is currently assessing the impact that they are having on developing and improving students’ abilities to think critically or to think like historians. Based on Reep’s experiences in ASU History Department classes, he will be asked to identify ways in which the faculty could improve the classes and better assist students in building higher level thinking skills.

Reep, a 2009 graduate of ASU and member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, is the founder, owner, and chief executive officer of Raptorproductions which publishes two daily websites and produces documentary films. He founded the company and began making historical documentaries while he was still an undergraduate student at ASU. After graduating, he added two new divisions to the company. The first, salineriverchronicle.com is an online news website for the Bradley County area. After he got that division of the company up and running, he added another division, Fossil HD, to Raptorproductions.

“I always loved history and wanted to begin spending more of my time working in this field,” Reep said. “In May of 2011, Reep unveiled his newest project, Fossil HD, a history and humanities daily iPad magazine and website.