I am delighted to inform you that Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, professor of history, is a recipient of the 2009 Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award.
The award recognizes Dr. Newman for his teaching, research and writing at the Pitt-Johnstown campus, and for his time mentoring Northern Cambria High School students. He assisted students of Northern Cambria High School in the research and writing of As the Dust Settles, Revealing Those Seldom Seen, which looks at the bituminous coal mining heritage of Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman also led Northern Cambria students in the development and production of a video-documentary, Remembering America’s Longest War: Western Pennsylvania Vietnam War Vets and the Approach of the Golden Anniversary, which was made possible through a grant from the History Channel’s Save Our History program. For his work on this project, Dr. Newman received the History Channel’s 2008 “Save our History” Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Newman is a most fitting recipient of this very prestigious award. Through his passion for teaching, mentorship of students, and deep dedication to his field, he is the embodiment of public service. His successful efforts to reach out to local high school students are further evidence his strong commitment to promoting scholarship and inspiring our young people. We are very fortunate to have such a fine scholar and outstanding citizen as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown faculty.
Professor Newman earned his bachelor’s degree at York College of Pennsylvania, and master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Kentucky. He is the editor of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies and has published a book titled, Fries’s Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004). He began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1995.
Please join me in congratulating our esteemed colleague.