I grew up in Tarboro, a small town in eastern North Carolina. My interest in French
culture and history dates from high school and a wonderful French teacher, Mrs. Highsmith. Two
other inspiring teachers, Seymour Mauskopf and Wallace Fowlie, developed my love for
history and French at Duke University. I participated in a Junior Year Abroad program that enabled me
to spend a year in Paris. I returned to Paris for a year of dissertation research before
embarking on the teaching career outlined below. Although Paris has become my
second home, when I came to Fayetteville in 1998, it was in some ways a return to my roots
as a southerner.
- French: excellent reading knowledge, good speaking and writing ability.
- German: reading knowledge.
Other education and training
- Workshop on Web-Based Course Development, Fayetteville State University, July 1999.
- Database Programming for Access 97, Arapahoe Community College, Spring 1998.
- Visual Basic 4.0 Programming, Arapahoe Community College, 1997.
- HTML Workshop, TCI, May 1996.
Academic Honors and Awards
- Tocqueville Award and Social Science Research Council Fellowship, 1986-1987.
- Georges Lurcy Fellowship for dissertation research in France, 1985-1986.
- Searle Fellowship, 1981-1984.
- Summa cum laude, 1979.
- Phi Beta Kappa, junior year, 1977.
Before coming to Fayetteville State, I taught at several institutions of higher
learning. After teaching in graduate school and for a couple of years as a gypsy scholar,
I went to Teikyo Loretto Heights University (TLHU) in Denver, where I remained for several years.
TLHU, a branch of the Teikyo
University Group, was an exciting experiment in international education that
unfortunately fell victim to the economic stagnation of the Japanese economy in
the 1990s. When an opportunity arose at Fayetteville State, it was an
offer I could not refuse.
- Assistant Professor of History, Fayetteville State University, fall 1998-present.
- Interim Director, University
College, Fayetteville State University, 2001-2002.
- Assistant Professor of History, Teikyo Loretto Heights University, Denver, Colorado,
- Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Austin
College, Sherman, Texas,
- Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, University of
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut,
- Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Springfield
College, Springfield, Massachusetts,
- Lecturer, University of Chicago, spring 1987-spring 1988 and fall 1989.