Faculty News

Our faculty are not only dedicated instructors, but also contribute to the body of historical knowledge that is shared and taught around the world. Below are announcements about our most recent activities; to the right is an archive of our accomplishments.

Black Student Union Honors Dr. Jennifer Hildebrand

BSU Hildebrand

The Black Student Union honored Dr. Jennifer Hildebrand with an award on Wednesday, February 25th to recognize Dr. Hildebrand's hard work and support for the African American Studies and Multi-Ethnic Studies programs on campus, and her years of service as the faculty adviser to the Black Student Union. She was presented with the award after Dr. Treva Lindsey's presentation - a speaker Dr. Hildebrand helped to bring to campus - for Black History Month. The BSU referred to Dr. Hildebrand as "an unsung shero of Fredonia." Congratulations to Dr. Hildebrand!

Dr. David Kinkela Wins 2015 Summer Research Grant to China


Congratulations to Dr. David Kinkela, who has been awarded a summer research grant to participate in the ICEE International Faculty Development Seminar in China. He will take part in a two-week seminar titled, “Exploring Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Sustainability in China's Rural and Urban Landscapes” This intensive seminar will provide Dr. Kinkela the opportunity to explore and investigate China’s environmental past, present, and future. Aside from attending a series of lectures, he plans on visiting an organic farm in Beijing, touring a coal transfer yard, traveling to a small village in Shanxi province to learn about the challenges on living in a rural environment, and exploring the issues of conservation within China’s growing cities. He has also been invited to give a lecture at Beijing University on global environmental history. It is sure to be a transformational experience that will shape his teaching and learning of environmental, global, and American history throughout his career.

Research & Writing Sabbatical

Dr. John Staples is spending his Spring 2015 sabbatical completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Johann Cornies (1789-1848): A Mennonite Visionary on the Russian Colonial Frontier. Cornies provides a window onto Russian colonial policy at a time of tumult (the Napoleonic wars, the Decembrist Revolt), and the major reforms initiated by Tsar Nicholas I.

Prof. Fan's Globetrotting Winter Break

During this past winter break, Prof. Xin Fan attended the conference "China in the Global Academic Landscape. New Horizons: Topical and Structural Challenges for 2020" in Hanover, Germany. Afterwards, he visited Beihua University in Jilin, People's Republic of China (PRC), and Beijing Normal University in Beijing, PRC, where he was invited to give talks on the state of historical studies in the context of globalization. During the same trip, he also conducted some archival research at Northeast Normal University in Changchun and interviewed a senior historian for his book project at Nankai University in Tianjin.

Research Sabbatical
Dr. Jennifer Hildebrand will spend the 2014-2015 academic year on sabbatical. For many years she has been researching the life and career of noted African American tenor Roland Hayes, who helped create a place on the American formal concert stage for African American performers and the spirituals, with the goal of producing historical biography of this great performer.
Roland Hayes (1887-1977)
Over the years she has spent a total of 16 weeks reading through and taking notes on Hayes's papers, donated to the E. Azalia Hackley Collection at the Detroit Public Library. She has traveled to Georgia to visit the Roland Hayes Museum, to see the home that he built after reaching the pinnacle of his career, and to interview several family members. Time spent in Boston gave her to opportunity to interview Hayes's daughter and to examine the files on Hayes in the Boston Public Library. Her time on sabbatical will be spent reading and writing, and she hopes to make a few brief visits to archives which contain the papers of some of his correspondents.

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