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Department of History Success Stories

Selected Faculty and Student Success Stories


Student Success Stories

Current Students:

  • Both Stephanie Bowden and Grant James were part of a Killgore Student Summer Research Grant proposal that Bogener wrote to conduct research primarily in New Mexico.  Both students were investigating incidents of violence in the wake of the Lincoln County War which supposedly ended in 1881.  Both students visited the State Archive and Records Center in Santa Fe, the special collections and library at UNM in Albuquerque, the Hubbard Museum and Archive in Ruidoso, and the Chavez County Museum/Archive in Roswell. 
  • Hillarie Easely McPherson, Carley DuMenil and Jan Weston presented papers at the West Texas Historical Association conference in April.
  • Stephanie Bowden presented a paper at the WTAMU Student Research Conference last spring.  She is now expanding the paper with the intent to publish an article as a grad student.

Former Students

  • Larissa Gardner won a laptop - the prize was donated by WT alumna Shirley Nichols.
  • Anessa Stagner is teaching as an instructor and will be receiving her PhD at the University of California, Irvine. She was recently interviewed by CSPAN for her work on Shell-Shock during World War I.
  • Tracy Stewart and Rachel Collins are in or starting a PhD program
  • Brooke Bennett is going to law school
  • Ashley Franklin got her law degree at Baylor a few years ago, clerked at the Texas Supreme Court, and is now practicing law in Austin
  • Steve Eldridge is about to get his PhD from Tech and is teaching at WT
  • Angela Roberts is teaching at WT
  • Kyle Winter graduated in May 2010 with a JD from Texas Tech Law School.
  • Christy Czerwien: Received her MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Tracy Stewart was accepted into the PhD program at Texas Tech.
  • Ashley Franklin was an intern at the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Joanna Junker is doing the same at Stanford.


New Faculty:

Dr. Tim Bowman joined our faculty in the Fall of 2012, having recently graduated with his Ph.D. in History with a specialization in Border Studies from the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU.  Dr. Bowman already has a book manuscript entitled Blood Oranges: Agriculture and Racial Difference in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1900-1975, under contract with Texas A&M University Press.


Accomplishments 2012-2013:

In Spring 2012 several of the faculty won Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards.

Steve Bogener

This year, Dr. Bogener sponsored and organized the Distinguished Lecture Series (catered lecture) of Dr. Dan Flores at the PPHM on April 5th.  He received the Ron Tyler Award from the Texas State Historical Association for the Best Illustrated Book on the History and Culture of Texas for his book Llano Estacado, An Island in the Sky, published in 2011.

In 2011, he published Llano Estacado: Island in the Sky, for which he served as co-editor and contributed the lead essay.  The book includes six photographers' images and essays by Barry Lopez, William Kittridge, Annick Smith, Stephen Graham Jones, Rick Bass, and Sandra Schofield.  It is a photographic and literary examination of the Llano Estacado.

Bruce Brasington

This year, Dr. Brasington gave seminars on medieval law at Texas Tech, gave the keynote speech at the regional Phi Alpha Theta (international history honor society) conference at TAMU-Commerce, and gave a paper at the Carlsberg Academy in Copenhagen.

In 2011, he was named a Texas A&M System Regents' Professor, one of only a handful in the 101 year history of WTAMU.  He published articles in Proceedings of the XIII International Congress of Medieval Canon Law and Zeitschrift der Savigny Stiftung fuer Rechtsgeschichte.  He also won two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards for spring and fall.

Elizabeth Clark

This year, Dr. Clark and three history students presented papers on a panel titled "Harry Potter and Memory" for the new Harry Potter section of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association meeting in February.  Dr. Clark also presented a paper on generational memory in Poland for the Association for the Study of Nationalities meeting at Columbia University and published in Nationalities Papers.

In 2011, she organized and co-led a summer study abroad student trip to Poland and Germany.  The students and faculty visited Lech Walesa's office in Gdansk, delivered greetings from WT, and gave a gift (Walesa was hospitalized at the time, so they could not meet as planned).  She also on a Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for spring.

Paul Clark

This year, Dr. Clark was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies, a non-profit academic organization dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge related to Asian Studies.  The organization has a membership of over 8,000 scholars from all disciplines worldwide.

In 2011, Dr. Clark was elected to a three-year term on the Council on Conferences of the Association of Asian Studies.  The AAS is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association with over 8000 members worldwide.  It publishes the Journal of Asian Studies, the premier journal in the field of Asian Studies, and has its own book series and press.  He also won two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards for spring and fall.

Marty Kuhlman

In 2011, he received the WTAMU Alumni Association's University Excellence Award.  He also won a Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for spring.

Byron Pearson

This year, Dr. Pearson published an article entitled "How the Forest Service (!) Saved Grand Canyon" in the Spring 2012 edition of Forest History Today.  He will publish another article over the origins of the National Environmental Policy Act in The Journal of the West in 2013.

In 2011, he presented a paper entitled "The Environmental Legacy of Stewart Udall" at the April meeting of the American Society for Environmental History.  He also won two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards for spring and fall.

Wade Shaffer

Dr. Shaffer, Professor of History, was promoted to the office of Interim Provost of WTAMU in March of 2012.

Jean A. Stuntz

In January 2013, she gave a paper at the Amerian Historical Association, and started serving on the Board of directors for the Texas State Historical Association in March 2013. 

Dr. Stuntz won the WTAMU 2012 University Service Award, earned a promotion to Full Professor, and published the novella The Alamo and Zombies.

In 2011, she published a chapter in the anthology Women on the Plains of North America (Texas Tech University Press 2011).  She also won a Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for spring.

Bryan E. Vizzini

This year, Dr. Vizzini presented a paper entitled "Lightning Comics' Tod Holton, Super Green Beret: American Exceptionalism in Vietnam" at the 2012 National Pop Culture Association Conference, and has had an article based upon this paper accepted for publication.

In 2011, he presented a conference paper at the Pop Culture Association / American Studies Association in San Antonio in April.  He also won two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards for spring and fall.


Previous Accomplishments

Steve Bogener

In 2010, Bogener gave a paper at the West Texas Historical Association on the cultural nuances of Lubbock and the Llano Estacado.  Some of his Environmental History students took a field trip to Palo Duro Canyon, and on another occasion, chinked the T-Anchor cabin north of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.  Students Chuck Jewell and Chris Johnson both received scholarships.  Jamie Stanfield and Bogener submitted four grant proposals to Kellogg, Rockefeller, NEH, and the Ford Foundation.  None of the proposals were funded, however.  Larissa Gardner completed a successful internship with Ogallala Commons in Nazareth.  Bogener participated in the Social Studies Collaborative Conference in Lubbock in the fall.  He completed a chapter for Paul Carlson’s upcoming edited work, The Giant Side of Texas, and submitted two entries on the Pecos River for the upcoming Water Encyclopedia of North America.

Bruce Brasington

In 2010, Brasington was the Guest Lecturer: International Summer School,  Forschungsstelle für vergleichende Ordensgeschichte Technische Universität Dresden during July-August 2010.  He lectured to graduate students from the USA, Italy, and Japan on canon law and the religious life prior to IV Lateran (1215).  He gave the Plenary Address: Annual Meeting of the Texas Medieval Association at Southern Methodist University, 23-25 September 2010.  The title of his talk was, "The April of the World: Medieval Encounters in the Golden Age of Spiritualism."  Brasington spoke on Power and Accountability in Medieval Canon Law: The Many Lives of the Maxim 'Quia privilegium meretur' at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, UK, 12-15 July 2010.  His graduate student, Andrea Olivarez, won the “outstanding paper” prize at the annual graduate medieval conference held at University of North Texas in February.

Elizabeth Clark

Dr. Clark received a Fulbright-Hays and a traditional Fulbright research grant in spring 2008.  She spent the 2009 academic year conducting research in Poland.

Paul Clark

Dr. Clark was named Outstanding Professor for the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities by the Mortar Board organization of WT in 2010.

Marty Kuhlman

Dr. Kuhlman published Always WT - The Centennial History of West Texas A&M University in 2010.

Byron Pearson

The WTAMU Faculty Senate named Dr. Pearson as the university's Magister Optimus for 2009-2010 and he was given the title of Provost Professor for 2009-2010 by Provost Dr. James Hallmark.

Joe D. Rogers

An adjunct professor, Mr. Rogers was elected President of the Texas Archeological Society for 2010.

Wade Shaffer

Dr. Shaffer was named Interim Provost of West Texas A&M University in Spring 2012.  He is the academic director for the $930,000 Teaching American History grant received by Region XVI Education Service Center.  The grant is for three years and targets public school American history teachers.

Jean Stuntz

In 2010, Stuntz finished her year as Faculty Senate President and her year as President of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online.  She presented Papers at the Texas State Historical Association and at the West Texas Historical Association. She received contracts for two book chapters and a creative non-fiction piece on Texas history.

Previously, she received the Faculty Service Excellence Award for the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.  She served as President of the Faculty Senate for 2009-2010 and as President of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online for 2010.

Bryan Vizzini

In 2010, Vizzini presented “Love and Romance in Revolutionary Mexico” at the 2010 international Film & History Conference on November 13. 




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