News & Events


Jeff Frederick

Jeff Frederick and Chancellor Robin CummingsDr. Jeff Frederick, currently the chair of the History Department, has been busy this spring. The university recognized his talents by appointing him the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCP, effective the first of June. In April, he was honored with two awards. The UNCP faculty bestowed on him one of the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Awards, the second one that he has received.  In addition, at the third annual Golden Braves Awards ceremony, Director of Athletics Dick Christy presented Dr. Frederick with the inaugural "Changing Lives through Education" Award.

Dr. Jeff FrederickEarlier in the spring, Dr. Frederick presented a paper at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of Historians, and in April he served as a panel member at the Faculty Round Table during the Chancellor's Installation Week. The theme of the panel was "UNCP at 150: The University and Higher Education in 2037."


Spring Roundup

As the Spring 2016 semester approaches its conclusion, the UNCP History Department hosted its annual reception for its majors and minors, announcing the recipients of its awards and scholarships, recent and upcoming graduates, and Phi Alpha Theta initiates. Congratulations to all for a successful academic year.

Dr. Rose StremlauIn addition to our student achievements, Dr. Jeff Frederick announced the impending departure of one faculty member and impending arrival of a new one. Dr. Rose Stremlau, who is a historian of the Native Americans of the Southeastern United States, has accepted a position with Davidson University to begin in the Fall 2016 semester. Dr. Stremlau has been a popular teacher, a devoted colleague, and a wonderful friend to the UNCP History Department. Her contributions to the quality of education our majors receive will be sorely missed, but we wish her the very best as she takes on her new professional challenges.

Dr. Courtney CampbellThe History Department also proudly announced a new addition to its faculty. Dr. Courtney Campbell will join the department this upcoming Fall semester. Dr. Campbell is a historian of Latin America, who earned MA and PhD degrees in history from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Education at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, and two BA degrees from the University of Michigan-Flint. She has lived for extended periods in South and Central Americas and the Caribbean, including earning an MA and working in the archives of Brazil, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, doing research in Costa Rica, and serving as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She currently holds a Mellon Fellowship and teaches at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. We are excited to have her join us at UNCP and are confident that students and colleagues alike will see her as a valuable asset to the classroom and our department. Please welcome Dr. Campbell if you see her on campus later in the summer.


Faculty Showcase

The UNCP Friends of the Library announce a faculty showcase to highlight the recent publications by two History Department faculty. At 3:30 PM on Tuesday, February 23, Ryan Anderson will discuss Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story, published by University of Arkansas Press, and Charles Beem will comment on a book — The Man behind the Queen: Male Consorts in History — that he both edited and contributed to.


Film Night

The UNCP History Department continues its Film Night series, hosted and arranged by Dr. Ryan Anderson. Come watch, learn, and discuss related issues with guest speakers from the UNCP faculty.

  • October 28, Saturday Night Fever (1977), Speaker: Dr. Scott Billingsley
  • November 16, From Here to Eternity (1953), Speakers: Drs. Charles Beem and Rose Stremlau
  • February 22, Selma (2014), Speaker: Dr. Jeff Frederick

Films are shown in Dial 225 at 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Comments and discussion follow presentation of the film.


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.