Faculty News & Features 2012–2013

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Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Selected for Mary Turner Lane AwardJacquelyn Hall

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History and founding director of Carolina’s Southern Oral History Program, has won the 2013 Mary Turner Lane Award. The award citation noted that, “By her scholarship, Hall changed the very concept of history, developing the methodology and best practices of a new kind of history that incorporates the experiences of women and workers and minorities into understanding the past.” Read more

Molly Worthen Shares Insights about American Perspectives on Immigrants

Molly Worthen‘s “Love Thy Stranger as Thyself” appeared in the Sunday New York Times (5/12/2013). Her essay situates the current attitudes and debates about immigration reform in their historical and religious context.

Fitz Brundage and History Students Create Digital “Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina”

A new UNC digital collection, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (CommLand), is creating a portrait of the state’s history through monuments, shrines and public art. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, pictured at left in front of the Thomas Wolfe Monument on the Carolina campus, is featured in the College of Arts & Sciences web site piece by Kim Weaver Spurr. Read it here: “Mapping Historical Memory: New digital collection documents the state’s history through monuments, shrines, public art”



Anne Mitchell Whisnant Leads Award-Winning Group of Scholars

Whisnant smallAnne Mitchell Whisnant chaired the group of scholars whose study, “Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service,” won an Excellence in Consulting (Group) Award from the National Council on Public History.


University Recognizes Brett Whalen for Excellence in Teaching

Brett Whalen is one of the 2013 winners of a Chapman Family Teaching Award. These awards are given to full-time faculty members for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Chapman Fellows join the Faculty Fellows seminar at the IAH for one semester to pursue a study project with no teaching responsibilities for that term.

Excerpt from the award: Whalen treats his undergraduates as junior colleagues and makes believers out of skeptics by igniting a passion for learning—and history—in his students. He infuses his lectures with energy and fun. “In his hands, medieval history becomes engaging, challenging and alive,” a student said. A colleague in the History Department calls Whalen the “go to” person on questions of pedagogy because he thinks deeply about teaching and constantly refines his own methods. He skillfully weaves online Sakai discussions into the classroom and laces his lectures with references to popular culture and contemporary social and political issues.

Malinda Maynor Lowery, Engaged Scholar

Malinda Maynor Lowery graduated in late November from the Faculty Engaged Scholars Program, sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service. To learn more about the program, see the Center’s story.

Professor Lowery recently spoke with Associate Chair Jay Smith about her goals and lessons learned. Read more HERE.




Richard J. A. Talbert Shares Scholarly Expertise on Rome, in Rome

Richard J. A. Talbert completed a week-long trip to Rome where he served as the inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth Scholar-in-Residence at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. For more about the program, and about Talbert’s lecture on “The Magnificent Peutinger Map,” see the story at the Ancient World Mapping Center.



Recognition for Wanda Wallace, Retiring History Department Undergraduate Coordinator

Wanda Wallace is one of this year’s winners of an Employee Forum Peer Recognition Award for exceptional service to the University. She was nominated by people who have worked with her over the years in the category of “Back Office Activities,” which may suggest less visibility than she has actually had in our department! Wanda retired at the end of May after 13 years of outstanding service in managing the department’s undergraduate program, relations with the registrar’s office, course scheduling, graduation events, and the history honor society (Phi Alpha Theta), as well as the University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and much else.

Wanda was honored at the Peer Recognition Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Hyde Hall University Room. All were welcome to attend this event, which took place on the day before Wanda’s last day of work.


Malinda Maynor Lowery Receives Hettleman Prize

Malinda Maynor Lowery is one of four recipients of this year’s Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. She was recognized at the Faculty council meeting on September 7. The selection committee noted her outstanding contributions to research on Native American history, particularly the Lumbee Indians, as well as to the history of the American South and the evolution of digital humanities.

The Hettleman Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Phillip Hettleman, who was born in 1899 and grew up in Goldsboro, established the award in 1986. He earned a scholarship to UNC, went to New York and in 1938 founded Hettleman & Co., a Wall Street investment firm.

This is the second consecutive year a member of the History faculty has been selected for a Hettleman Prize. Last year Brett Whalen was among those chosen for this honor.

History Department Welcomes New Faculty Members (and Their New Courses) in Fall 2012!

Michael Cotey Morgan, Assistant Professor, studies the international history of the twentieth century, especially the Cold War. His Fall 2012 courses are “International Relations, 1618-1815” and “Human Rights in the Modern World.”



Molly Worthen, Assistant Professor, focuses on North American religious and intellectual history, particularly the ideas and culture of conservative Christianity in the twentieth century. This fall she is teaching”Global Evangelicalism” and “Sin and Evil in Modern America.”



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