I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, professor of history, as Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of Student Academic Services. Dr. Newman's one-year appointment is effective August 15.
In his new role at Pitt-Johnstown, Dr. Newman will be actively involved in a wide range of academic administrative tasks related to enhancing student learning, success, and retention. He will oversee the structure, implementation, and communication of the University's academic integrity policies and will work in collaboration with the Vice President for Academic Affairs to oversee academic placement, recommend improved methods of assessing incoming students, and oversee administration of the Early Warning System. Additionally, he will work closely with Student Affairs to support the RealWorld Action Program and enrich the programming of the RealWorld Interest Groups while leading the academic component of orientation.
Dr. Newman brings a solid record of professional development as a faculty member, combined with a strong passion for teaching, deep commitment to his field, and a genuine concern for our young people. He also demonstrates a deep dedication to developing our students as fine scholar-citizens.
In addition to serving as editor of the Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, Dr. Newman has served as a peer referee for several scholarly journals, has been a member of the Pennsylvania Historical Association's publications committee, and is currently a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker. He published Fries’s Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution in 2004, and recently co-authored a college textbook entitled Pennsylvania History: Essays and Documents.
An active member of the community, 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. He also worked with the students at Northern Cambria to produce 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. The project was funded by a $10,000 History Channel grant, which Dr. Newman co-authored. He has also served as a consultant for a number of public history projects including Fort Ligonier and the Johnstown Flood National Memorial.
Dr. Newman, who began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1995, earned his bachelor’s degree at York College of Pennsylvania, and master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Kentucky. Among his distinguished honors are receiving the 2009 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award, and the History Channel's 2008 "Save Our History" Teacher of the Year Award.
Please join me in congratulating our distinguished colleague.