Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, Virginia, 23606
Ph.D. Auburn University, History, Dec. 2000. Major Field in U.S. History to 1877 (emphasis on Colonial America and American Indian history); Minor Fields in U.S. History Since 1877 and Latin American History.
M.A. Auburn University, History, 1998. Accepted to accelerated “Direct Track” doctoral program in Fall 1995.
B.A. Berry College, History, 1994. Graduated cum laude and Omicron Delta Kappa
Christopher Newport University, Director, Public History Center, 2014-present
Newport News, VA
Created center that fosters a broader understanding of the importance of history and promotes innovative approaches for communicating history to the public. Organize student career workshop series, Piece of Public History, and Why History Matters, a public history speaker series. Manage student internship program in public history and editor of PHC’s History in Action journal and blog, Explore History! A Virtual Journey through Public History. Write grants with public history agencies. Assisted in the development of Museum Studies Minor at CNU.
Christopher Newport University, Associate Professor of History, 2006-present
Newport News, VA
Perform teaching, research, and service. Designed Public History Program and direct and manage student internship program in public history since 2007. Teach courses relating to Public History, American Indian history, and Colonial America. Received tenure in March 2010.
University of Alabama, Associate Professor of History, 2006, Assistant Professor of History, 2000-2006
Performed teaching, research, and service. Taught 5 graduate-level and 10 undergraduate-level courses Developed Public History Program. Received tenure and promotion in February 2006.
RECENT BOOK PUBLICATIONS:
“A ‘sudden explosion of this Fanaticism’: William Weatherford, Red Stick Nativism, and the Creek War of 1813-1814.” 1812 in the Americas Ed. Jean Marc-Serme. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The European Invasion and Regional Instability in the American South. Eds. Robbie Ethridge and Sheri M. Shuck-Hall. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Dec. 2009.
“Diaspora and Coalescence of the Alabamas and Coushattas in the Southeastern Shatter Zone,” Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The European Invasion and Regional Instability in the American South. Eds. Robbie Ethridge and Sheri M. Shuck-Hall. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Dec. 2009.
Journey to the West: The Alabama and Coushatta Indians. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.
GRANT PARTNERSHIPS WITH NON-PROFIT AGENCIES:
National Park Service Maritime Heritage Grant. “Documenting, Interpreting, and Disseminating Historical Collections from the Mariners’ Museum and Library.” Partnership with the Mariners’ Museum and Library. Status: Awarded $159,000.00 with matching grants from the Mariners’ Museum, Christopher Newport University, and the Gwathmey Foundation in May 2016.
Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant. Co-PI with Hampton History Museum, Hampton, Virginia. “Save our Heritage Community Campaign.” Status: under review.
SERVICE TO STUDENTS, UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, AND OUTREACH:
(2014-present) Director, Public History Center, Christopher Newport University. Created university center that fosters a broader understanding of the importance of history and promotes innovative approaches for communicating history to the public. Organize guest speaker series and public history panels. Manage student internship program in public history. Write grants with Assisting in development of Museum Studies Minor at CNU.
(2016-present) Founder and Editor, History in Action. Created undergraduate public history journal that showcases history students’ service learning projects at local public history agencies.
(2016-present) Founder and Editor, Explore History! A Virtual Journey through Public History. Online blog: explorehistoryva.com. Created undergraduate public history blog that highlights students’ service learning projects and internships at public history agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.
(2016-present) Director and Supervisor, Public History Center Fellowship Program. Each academic year a student pursuing public history is selected as a PHC Fellow. Fellows are supervised in assisting with the journal, History in Action, and the blog, Explore History!
(2016-present) Senior Advisor to Executive Board, Williamsburg-Yorktown American Revolution Roundtable. Advise fellow executive board members on programming, partnerships, and long-term development.
(2014-present) Organizer, Piece of Public History Student Workshop Series. Created student workshop that supports a greater connection with local public history agencies and CNU and facilitates student internships in public history.
(2014-present) Organizer, Why History Matters Public Lecture Series. Created lecture series that brings timely historical discussions and perspectives to public.
(2014-15) Executive Planning Committee Member, York County Hermione Project 2015. Facilitated and helped organize and manage the public events leading up to the arrival of the French tall ship, L’Hermione and its arrival from France to Yorktown, Virginia, celebrating Franco-American victory at the Battle of Yorktown, 1781.
(2014-present) Committee Member, Task Force for the Development of Museum Studies Minor. Working with colleagues in all colleges and local museum agencies to create new minor that will provide opportunities for both students and the Hampton Roads community.
(2010-present) Program Organizer, Scholarship Matters Faculty Lecture Series, Christopher Newport University. Created colloquia whereby faculty from the College of Arts and Humanities present their scholarship throughout the academic year. Organize and promote each event.
(2010-present) Faculty Advisor for Omicron Delta Kappa. Manage University-wide academic leadership honorary society, including selection of honorees, induction ceremony, and yearly events.
(2007-present) Program Director and Internship Coordinator, Public History Program. Christopher Newport University. Organize, place, and manage student internships at local historical agencies.
(2011-12) Committee Member, Planning Committee for the Virginia Association of Museums. Organized events related to the annual conference held in Newport News, VA in March 2012.