News & Events


Departmental Changes

Students returning for the fall 2015 semester will notice some changes for the History Department. Robert Brown, after two decades of distinguished service as the Department's Chair, returns full time to teaching. Jeff Frederick was chosen to succeed him as the History Chair. In addition, Scott Billingsley has accepted an administrative post. Zoe Locklear (School of Education), the Interim Provost for UNC Pembroke, selected Dr. Billingsley to serve as Associate Provost. Congratulations to Drs. Frederick and Billingsley for these important appointments. While we will see them in fewer classes, we'll enjoy the benefits of their administrative leadership.

Students will see a new face among the History faculty. Dr. Serina Cinnamon was hired as coordinator of the Social Studies Education program. A recently graduated PhD from Southern Illinois University, Dr. Cinnamon earned her degree in Curriculum Instruction and has specialties in Social Science Education and Curriculum Theory & Foundations. She is an active scholar and has experience teaching in both secondary and higher education. We are fortunate to have her join the History Department and hope you will extend a warm welcome to her.


New Book for Ryan Anderson

Book CoverThe University of Arkansas Press recently published Ryan Anderson's Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story. Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor of History, Coordinator of the American Studies minor, and Interim Director of the UNCP Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center. Click HERE for a list of the History faculty's recent publications.


Teaching Award for Charles Beem

The Department of History congratulates Dr. Charles Beem for being honored with one of the UNCP Outstanding Teaching Awards of 2015.  He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on British history but also including world civilization and gender history. This is the second time that Dr. Beem has received this honor. Click HERE for a list of the History Department's honored faculty.


Student Scholarships and Awards

At its inaugural annual reception for current students and alumni, in April 2015, the History Department announced the recipients of its scholarships and outstanding student award. The complete list of honorees is listed below, and members of the History Department wish to congratulate all of them on their academic success.

Jamal B. Soles and Charles A. Jackson
Outstanding Students of the Year

Hugh V. Alderson
John Green Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Timothy Bledsoe
History Faculty Scholarship

Manuel G. Diaz
James C. Maynor Scholarship

Tara Gentry
Sue Betty Locklear Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Alicia M. Hatmaker
Max M. Weinstein history Scholarship

Chelsea Hunt
Nancy Jones-Dorothy Hupp Memorial Scholarship

Oscar Locklear
Clifton Oxendine Scholarship

Joseph M. Sobieski
Loren Butler II History Award

Laura A. Spillman
Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the
State of North Carolina Scholarship in History


Civil War Songs and Stories

On Tuesday, February 10, the Music and History departments jointly sponsored "Civil War Songs and Stories." The opening sequence featured Drs. Scott Billingsley, Weston Cook, Bruce DeHart, and Jeff Frederick as the four presidential candidates in 1860. That reenactment was followed by the creative contributions of UNCP students and others. Highlights included the following.

  • History students portrayed Union and Confederate soldiers and their wives.
  • Theatre student Kayla Cox performed a monologue she wrote based on the wartime experiences of Harriet Tubman.
  • December 2014 graduate Melvin Morris (Art) displayed several of his paintings.
  • A student brass quintet opened the second half of the program.
  • The second half also featured powerful arias by Music majors DeeDee Hargett, Meredith Shanahan, and Nygel Robinson, and a moving choral finale with a huge solo by Fabian Griffith.
  • The University Chorale performed five pieces—for a preview, check out this video of their rehearsal: http://youtu.be/OLM3p_kk93k (I apologize for the poor quality—I filmed this on my iPad yesterday morning).

Many students, faculty, and staff across campus have worked to make this concert happen, and we applaud their fine work.

The History Department offers special thanks to Dr. Jaime Martinez for her creativity, inspiraton, and hard work in bringing this production to the UNC Pembroke community.