Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown professor of history, is a recipient of the 2009 Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award.
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, in honoring Dr. Newman, noted “after reviewing supporting materials for all nominated faculty members, the selection committee was particularly impressed by your work on community heritage projects with teachers and students from Northern Cambria High School. The projects, which you coordinated and managed, provided the students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in active scholarly research. In doing so, the students were exposed to grant writing, interviewing techniques, field research, publication and video production.”
Chancellor Nordenberg recognized Dr. Newman’s teaching, research and writing at the Pitt-Johnstown campus as well as his time mentoring Northern Cambria High School students. Dr. Newman 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. Another project Dr. Newman coordinated with Northern Cambria students was 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.
Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar described Dr. Newman as “a most fitting recipient of this very prestigious award.” He added, “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.”
Dr. 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 and teaches courses in Early American history.
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