Academics

EDUCATION / TRAINING HISTORY:

  • Certified Archivist, Academy of Certified Archivists, 2013 – 2019.
  • Ph.D. in American History, Auburn University, June 1998 [DissertationFrom Craft to Profession:  The American Culinary Federation and the Occupational Definition of Twentieth Century Chefs directed by Dr. Larry Gerber].
  • MA in European History, Auburn University, August 1979 [ThesisDiplomacy Between the French Directory Government and the United Irishmen, 1795-1798 directed by Dr. Gordon Bond].
  • B.S. in Education, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Auburn University, June 1976.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

  • Director, Wiregrass Archives (formerly Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture), Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.  January 2002—present.
  • Professor of History, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.  August 2017–present.
  • Associate Professor of History, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.  August 2005—August 2017.
  • Assistant Professor of History, Troy State University Dothan (now Troy University Dothan Campus), Dothan, AL.  January 2002—August 2005.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Auburn University History Department.  January—May 2008
    (I taught HIS 7720, Advanced Archival Appraisal in conjunction with the Southeast Archival Education Collaborative—graduate students at Auburn, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, and Louisiana State University.  See below.)
  • Interim Director of the Library, Troy University—Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.  January 2017—present; April—August 2006.
  • Archivist III, Special Collections & Archives Department, Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, AL.  August 2001—January 2002.
  • Archivist II, Special Collections & Archives Department, Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, AL.  November 1996—August 2001.
  • Adjunct Instructor, History Department, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA.  Fall 2000—Fall 2001.
  • Graduate Research Assistant (editorial), The Alabama Review:  The Quarterly Journal of Alabama History, History Department, Auburn University, AL.  1995-1996.
  • Acquisitions Processor, Archives and Manuscripts Department, Auburn University, AL.  October 1993—November 1996.
  • Adjunct Instructor of History, Southern Union State Community College, Opelika and Valley Campuses, AL.  1998-1999, 1994-1995.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, History Department, Auburn University, AL.  1976-1979, 1993-1996.
  • Adjunct Instructor, History Department, Portland Community College, Portland, OR.  January—March 1992.

CLASSES TAUGHT, 2002—Present

Designed Concentration in Public History (as chair of committee; one new class created)

  • HIS 4425        Principles of Public History

Created minor in Archives Studies.  Created and taught these courses

  • HIS 3360        Introduction to Archives:  Theory and Issues
  • HIS 3362        Archival Methods and Practices
  • HIS 4470        Oral History
  • HIS 4471        Local History
  • HIS 4472        Records Management
  • HIS 4473        Archives Practicum

Other Troy Courses Taught

  • HIS 1111        US History To 1877
  • HIS 1112        US History Since 1877
  • HIS 3375        Research and Methodology
  • HIS 4414 / 5514         Emergence of Modern America
  • HIS 4415 / 5515         Contemporary US
  • HIS 4437        Interwar America
  • HIS 4490        Senior Seminar for History
  • HIS 4491 – 94            Guided Independent Studies (Undergraduate)
  • HIS 4499        Internship in History
  • HIS 5595        Special Topics in History (Graduate)
  • HIS 6608        Colloquium in American History (Graduate)
  • HIS 6625        Guided Independent Study (Graduate)
  • HIS 6651        Readings in American History

Auburn University / Southeast Archives Education Collaborative

  • HIST 7720      Advanced Archival Appraisal (Graduate), with students at Auburn University, Indiana University, LSU, and University of Kentucky.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Services as a Professional Consultant:

  • Fundamentals of Archives Workshop, Tuskegee University Archives Institute (funded by UNCF/Mellon Foundation), Tuskegee, AL, December 1-2, 2014.
  • Lead Scholar, SUPER Workshops, Alabama Humanities Foundation.  Organized and presented at four workshops, July 10 (Mobile, AL); September 19 (Troy, AL); November 5, 2014 (Montgomery, AL); January 13, 2015 (Montgomery, AL).
  • University of Alabama Press Manuscript Reviewer, September 2013. University of Alabama Press Manuscript reviewer, April—May 2011.
  • University of Alabama Press Manuscript reviewer, November 2009-February 2010. Routledge / Taylor and Francis Group, Ltd., Manuscript reviewer, August – September 2007.
  • University of Alabama Press, “The Electronic Guide to Collections of Civil War Manuscripts,” NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, 2007.
  • Henry County Historical Group book consultant, 2009, 2007.
  • Henry County Historical Group.  Speakers Series organizer, “Between Fences” Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” Traveling Exhibit, 2006-2007.
  • “Alabama in World War I,” Teaching American History workshop, Huntsville, Alabama, June 12, 2006.
  • Henry County (Alabama ) Historical Group, 2003—continuing.
  • “Decision Point:  Thinking Critically about the African-American Civil Rights Movement,” CD- Rom Problem -Based Instruction product, with Drs. John Saye, Auburn, and Tom Brush, Arizona State University, 2001-2003.
  • Video Subcommittee, Daniel Pratt Bicentennial Celebration Committee, Prattville, AL 1997-1998.

Community / Professional Service:

  • Host, “Through a Woman’s Eye: Early 20th Century Photographs of Edith Morgan,” book discussion by Marion Furman, October 11, 2015, and accompanying photograph installation, October 4-November 11, 2015.
  • Project Director, Smithsonian Museum on Main Street “The Way We Worked” exhibit visit to Dothan, AL, May-June 2015 (with local programming beginning July 2014) under the auspices of the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
  • Society of American Archivists Education Committee, 2013 – 2016.
  • Alabama Historical Records Advisory Board, August 2012—August 2015.
    • Strategic Plan Committee
    • Grants Committee
  • Alabama Historical Association
    • Immediate Past President / Executive Committee, 2013-2014
    • President, 2012-2013
    • President-Elect, 2011-2012
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2009-2012, 2003-2006
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2010-2012
    • Chair, Coley Local History Book Award Committee, 2009-2010
    • Host, 57th Annual Meeting, Troy Dothan, April 2003
    • Member, Local Historical Society Award Committee, 1998 and 1999.
  • Alabama Governor’s Mansion Commission, April 2012-April 2013 (by virtue of being President of the AHA)
  • Historic Chattahoochee Commission
    • Chair of the Board of Directors, September 2017-September 2018; September 2011-September 2012
    • Interim Chair of Board, May 2011-September 2011
    • Chair, Executive Director Search Committee, January—May 2011.
    • Chair, Seed Grants Committee, 2005-2013
    • Member, Publications Committee, 2005-2013
    • Chair, Folklife Committee, 2003-2013
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2003-present
  • Alabama Historic Commission, Member, May 2011-September 2012 (by virtue of chairing the Historic Chattahoochee Commission).
  • Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc.
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2009—2013
    • Chair, Historic Preservation Committee, 2005-present
    • Chair, Board Development Committee, 2007
    • Member, Board Development Committee, 2008—2013
    • Member, Governmental Affairs Committee, 2006-2008
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2004—present
  • Society of Alabama Archivists
    • Program Committee, 2015-2017
    • Member, Archives Month Committee, 2011-2013
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2009-2012
    • Host, Annual Meeting, October 26, 2007
    • President, 1998-1999.
    • Vice-President, 1997-1998
  • Wiregrass Museum of Art, Member, Board of Directors, 2007-2011
  • Mid-Gulf South Archival Education Consortium, Member, Steering Committee, 2008-2012.
  • Alabama Association of Historians
    • President, 2017-2018
    • Immediate Past President, 2006-2008
    • President, 2004-2006
    • VP and President-elect, 2002-2004
    • Webmaster, 2002—present
    • Member, 1998 – present
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    • Whetstone-Seaman Faculty Development Award Selection Committee, 2011.
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2003-2009
    • Chair, Programs Committee, 2008
    • Chair, Partnership Committee, 2007
    • Member, 2006 Nominating Committee
    • Member, Grants Committee, 2003-2009
  • Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society
    • Host, 2012 Alabama Regional Meeting, Troy Dothan, March 3, 2012.
    • Member, National Paper Prize Committee, 2007-2019
    • National Representative for the Southeastern Area, 2000-2004
    • Member, Editorial Board, The Alabama Review:  A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History, 2004-2016.
    • Member, Editorial Board, Provenance:  Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists, 2002-2016.
  • Host, Re-grant Workshop, Alabama State Historic Records Advisory Board, Troy University—Dothan Campus, October 23, 2008.
  • Facilitator, Alabama State Historic Records Advisory Board—ADAH Focus Group, January 22, 2008.
  • Southern Historical Association, Membership Committee, 2006-2007
  • Member, Houston County (Alabama) Centennial Committee, 2002-2003.
  • Host, 56th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Historical Association, Dothan, AL, April 2003. Member, Alabama Historic Commission Board of Advisors, 2002-2005.
  • Treasurer and member of Board of Directors, Museum of East Alabama, 2000-2002.
  • Local programs coordinator, 3rd Annual Meeting of the Alabama Aerospace Teachers Association, held at Auburn University, July 1999.
  • Member, Southeastern Library Network, Inc., Virtual Archive of Southern History and Culture Planning Committee, 1999-2000.
  • Member, Network of Alabama Academic Libraries “Cornerstone Project” Digitization Committee, 1998-2005.

AWARDS:

  • James B. and Anne B. McMillan Award for best manuscript submitted to University of Alabama Press, 2017.
  • Milo B. Howard Award, Best Article in The Alabama Review for 2014-2015, presented April 2016.
  • John F. Ramsey Award of Merit, Alabama Association of Historians, February 22, 2013.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Troy University Dothan Campus, December 6, 2011.
  • Certificate of Completion, “Train the Trainer,” Archives Training Collaborative, February 2010. Recipient, Presidential Award for Leadership, Alabama Association of Historians, 2007.
  • David B. Gracy, II, Award for Best Article Published in Provenance:  The Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists 16 (1998), 2000.
  • Recipient, Daniel F. Breeden Grant for Teaching Effectiveness, Auburn University Office of Undergraduate Studies, June 2000.
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi, Interdisciplinary Honor Society, 1998 – present
  • Member, Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History, 1976 – present
  • Robert Partin Service Award, 1995, History Department, Auburn University, Auburn AL.
  • Robert L. Reid Fellowship for Outstanding Graduate Student, 1994, History Department, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Academy of Certified Archivists Alabama
  • Association of Historians Alabama
  • Historical Association Gulf South
  • Historical Association National Council on Public History
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society of Alabama Archivists Society of American
  • Archivists Society of Florida Archivists
  • Society of Georgia Archivists
  • Southern Historical Association