I am very proud to share the wonderful news that Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, professor of history, is the recipient of the History Channel’s 2008 “Save Our History” Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Newman will receive his award at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on May 2.
The award recognizes Dr. Newman for his fine leadership in producing a one-hour documentary on local Vietnam veterans. The film, entitled “We Never Got the Welcome Home: Cambria County Vietnam Vets Remember America's Longest War,” was filmed in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Va., Johnstown, Ebensburg, and Northern Cambria. Dr. Newman worked with 15 students from Northern Cambria High School and their teacher, Karen Bowman. The project was funded by a $10,000 History Channel grant, which Dr. Newman co-authored. The film will premiere on June 15 in Northern Cambria.
Professor Newman joined the UPJ faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor of history. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2002, and professor in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Newman’s passion for teaching, commitment to his field, and genuine concern for our young people are examples of his deep dedication to developing fine scholar-citizens. I am very grateful to Dr. Newman for the incredibly important work that he is doing not only at UPJ, but in our community. Please join me in congratulating him for this very prestigious honor.
A three-minute preview of Dr. Newman’s film can be viewed by clicking here.