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Spring 2014

Matthew Hallgarth and Wayne Viotto received their MA in History at the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

The following students received the BA degree in History at the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony: Brook Franks, Joe Massey, Elias Medina, Nicholas Penner, Chelsea Ragland, and Kristen Watson.

Maribel McMillian and Molly Roskilly received their BA degrees in International Studies at the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

Sarah Brown received the BA degree in Political Science at the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

James Bell, Joshua Blanton, Robbie Haywood, Lindsey Hinton, Gabrielle Kelly, Matthew Longron, Gerald Money, Gage Nail, Jason Turnbow, and Alexander Zerbst received their BS degree in Political Science at the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

Loren Bell and Brianna Nelson received their BS degrees in Sociology at the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.  Ms Bell has also been awarded a research fellowship by the university for the summer of 2014.

Maribel McMillian, who received her BA degree in International Studies, was the Outstanding Graduate and Student Speaker had the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

History graduate student Cody McMillian served as a graduate assistant in the Department of Social Sciences for the 2012-2013 academic year. Mr. McMillian has already been instrumental in reviving Phi Alpha Theta (the History Honorary Society) and starting the new History Club.  He will return as a graduate assistant for the 2013-2014 academic year.  He has been assisted by Mr. Wayne Viotto.

Dr. Christopher Guthrie has replaced Dr. Malcolm Cross as Head of the Department of Social Sciences.  He was named Texas A&M System Regents Professor in January 2014.

Dr. Michael Landis, Assistant Professor of History who started at Tarleton in January 2013, attended the Pennsylvania Historical Association Meeting at Gettysburg, PA in October 2013.  He presented a paper at a session entitled "Proslavery Politics in Civil War Era Pennsylvania."  Student Corey Gatewood accompanied Dr. Landis and learned much about historical conferences and the history of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Landis will also have a monograph published by Cornell University Press in the fall of 2014.  It will be entitled The Northern Democracy, the Democratic Party, and the Destruction of the Union

Dr. Janet Schmelzer will publish a book with Texas A&M University Press in October 2014.  It is entitled Our Fighting Governor: The Life of Thomas M. Campbell and the Politics of Progressive Reform in Texas.

Mr. Ted Roberts, who received his M.A. in History from Tarleton has agreed to teach full-time for us into the foreseeable future..  Ted has proven to be a valuable asset to our department and we are overjoyed that he has agreed to continue working for us.

The Sociology faculty (Dr. Lori Anderson, Dr. Carol Key, Dr. Jason LaTouche, and Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens) have joined the Department of Social Sciences. They were formerly in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. The current faculty of the Department of Social Sciences welcome their new colleagues and look forward to working with them to make this department even better.  Dr. Anderson will retire in January 2014 and many years of dedicated service to the department and university.  She will be replaced by Mr. Robert Cavazos, who will get his Ph.D. in Sociology in May 2014.  Dr. Carol Key will retire in May 2014 and return to her beloved Beliz and will be replaced by Dr. Ituru Kawakama, The Department of Social Sciences is currently conducting a search to replace her. 

Sociology added a "Pre-Ministry" concentration to the BS degree in Sociology.  This new concentration will include such courses as the sociology of religion, social psychology, several religious studies courses, and communications and psychology courses.  Other sociology courses that are related to religious or ethical issues include sociology of the family, aging, medical sociology, and death and dying.  Dr. Lesilie Stanley-Stevens, who earned a MA in religion from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky as well as a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of North Texas, will serve as the advisor for students enrolled in the Pre-Ministry concentration.

Dr. Jason LaTouche, Associate Professor of Sociology, was named Tarleton's Director of Academic Assessment on January 1, 2013. 

The Department of Social Sciences will add five new faculty in Fall 2014.  In addition to Dr, Kawakama in Sociology, we will add Dr. Kelly Lemmons in Geography, and Drs. Holly Karibo, Jennifer Le Zotte, and Christopher Hickman in History

Dr. Carol Key, Associate Professor of Sociology,  took students Chelsea Gadoury and Eva Sepeda to perform research in three Maya Villages in Belize. They performed this research in the month of July, 2013.

Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens, Professor of Sociology, led her students in an applied learning research experience titled "Life at Home in Texas" during her Sociology of the Family course during the Spring 2013 semester.  Molly Stewart continued to work on the project as an undergraduate student researcher during the summer of 2013.  Molly presented her research, entitled "Life at Home in Texas, at the Tarleton State University Research Symposium in October 2013.  Dr. Stanley-Stevens will offer a new opportunity for students to participate in the "Life at Home in Texas" project during the spring and summer of 2014. Dr. Stanley-Stevens has also just published a chapter, entitled "Fathers, Fathering, and Fatherhood Across Cultures" (with Rudy Ray Seward) in Helaine Selin, ed., Parenting Across Cultures: Childrearing, Motherhood, and Fatherhood in Non-Western Cultures (2013).

Mr. Anthony Smith, who just received his MA in History in May 2013, won the "Best Student Essay Award" from the West Texas Historical Association for his paper, "The Creation of Cleburne State Park by the CCC," in April 2013.  Mr. Smith presented this paper at the annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association (Midwestern State University, April 2013) and will publish it in the West Texas Historical Association Yearbook shortly.  Mr. Smith also gave a short talk on his research to the Dean's Circle of Tarleton's College of Liberal and Fine Arts in April 2013.  We are all very proud of him.

Dr. Matthew Hallgarth officially received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy in May 2013.  He is in his second year as the representative of the Department of Social Sciences on the Tarleton Faculty Senate. 

Dr. Robert Greg Atkinson, Associate Professor of Geography, has decided to return home in Canada and has left the employ of the Department of Social Sciences at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.  The department is currently conducting a search to replace him.  In the meantime, Dr. Kelly Lemmons, assisted by Mr. Wayne Viotto, will teach Geography for us in the Spring 2014 semester.  We wish Dr. Atkinson the best in the future and welcome Dr. Lemmons to the department.  And our deepest thanks go to Mr. Viotto who really helped the department in a time of need.

Taylor Anderson, who received both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Tarleton (he also taught for us as an adjunct for several years), has published a three-volume series of science fiction with RoC Press, entitled Destroyermen. Set during World War II when a naval vessel accidently enters an alternative universe, the series (which includes Into the Storm, Crusade, and Maelstrom, has received good reviews and has enjoyed excellent sales. Taylor is currently working on a fourth volume in the series. Taylor was honored as the "Outstanding Alumnus" of the Department of Social Sciences in March 2010.

Gene Rhea Tucker, who earned his BA and MA degrees in history from Tarleton, has just had a book published by Texas Tech University Press. Based on his Tarleton MA thesis (written under the direction of Dr. T. Lindsay Baker) and entitled "Oysters, Macaroni, and Beer," this book deals with the history of the company store operations in Thurber, Texas. Mr. Tucker currently teaches at Navarro Community College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2011.

Political Science instructor, Eric Morrow, received his Ph.D from Baylor University on May 12, 2012. The title of his dissertation was "Transnational Religion in Greek American Political Advocacy." Dr. Morrow was promoted to Assistant Professor of Political Science and put on tenure track in April 2013.

Dr. Matthew Hallgarth 's essay, "Just War Theory and Killing by Remote Control," has appeared in a book of essays published by Oxford University Press. The book is entitled Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military, edited by Dr. B.J. Strawser of the Naval Postgraduate College.

History major, Adam Joiner, was selected as a National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellow in December 2012.  As a fellow, Adam will have opportunities to explore the field of student affairs administration through a campus-based mentorship with Ashley Tull, Tarleton's assistant vice-president for Student Life Studies, as well as participation in other professional development activities.

Dr. Jeff William Justice, assistant professor of Political Science, recently presented a paper, entitled "Ideological Impacts Upon Environmental Problem Perception," at the Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. He also presented a paper, "Post-materialism and Environmental Problem Perception: A Reconsideration," at the 2011 meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association. Dr. Justice has also completed his term as president of the Southwestern International Studies Association and vice-president of the Southwestern Political Science Association. Both organizations are affiliates of the Southwestern Social Science Association, where Dr. Justice has just been elected secretary at their 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans. He was also recently appointed to the Boy Scouts of America's national committee on educational relationships. He is also the Pre-Law Advisor for the Department of Social Sciences and sponsor of the Tarleton Pre-Law Society.

Dr. Jeff William Justice has also continued his Scottish Studies Program for 2013. He and Dr. Dean Minix took 12 students to Edinburgh in June 2013, where they earned six hours credit. They visited and heard lectures at the Scottish Parliament and various Scottish government ministries, the Scottish National Party's headquarters, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the High Court of Justiciary, and other venues. The program is already filling up for Summer 2014.

Dr. Jesus Valasco has joined the faculty of the Department of Social Science as the holder of the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Political Science. An expert in Mexican and Latin America history and government, Dr. Valasco has dramatically strengthened our course offerings in those important areas and has greatly enhanced the prestige of our department. Dr. Velasco has also just published an important book in political science: Neoconservatives in U.S. Foreign Policy Under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

Dr. T. Lindsay Baker has also been named editor of the Tarleton State Book Series on Southwestern Studies in the Humanities. The series produces one book a year and is published by Texas A&M University Press.

History graduate Benjamin Brown was accepted into the history graduate program of Southern Methodist University. Highly recruited by the University of North Texas, Baylor University, and the University of Texas at Arlington, Mr. Brown chose SMU because of the strength of its history program and the generosity of its financial offer to him. We know that he will make Tarleton proud at SMU.

Mr. Micah Adkinson, a recent graduate with a degree in Political Science, is currently a captain in the United States Marine Corps. He serves as an instructor at the Marine's training facility at Quantico, Virginia.

Mr. Aaron Smith, who received his MA in History in Spring 2006, is now stationed with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. He is a Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot who was deployed in 2008.

History graduate Michael Baird now teaches English in South Korea. He visited South Korea while participating in Tarleton's Study Abroad program as an undergraduate. He fell in love with the country, its people, and its culture and decided to work there after his graduation in 2005.

Mr. Michael McLatchy, who received his MA in History in 2005 and a MA degree in Political Science in 2007 assumed a teaching position at Claredon College in 2007.

Mr. Kenneth Davis, who graduated with a B.A. in History in May 2006, has obtained a job teaching World and Texas History at Roby High School (Roby, TX).

Ms Cynthia Johnson, who obtained her MA degree in history in May 2001, teaches world and American history at Cisco Community College and has just been awarded tenure there.

Mr. Frank Chamberlain, who earned his M.A. degree in history in May 2007, teaches U.S. History part-time for our department. He also works with Jennifer Green, who received her masters degree in history in 2004, in the Upward Bound program at Tarleton. Ms. Green is the director of the program.

Mr. Michael Silverman, who earned his M.A. degree in Political Science from Tarleton in 1996 achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He served two years with the CIA Office of Military Affairs. In 2006, Mike commanded a tank battalion out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, and served 15 months in Iraq where he played a crucial role in the Battle of Ramadi. Mike has recently retired from the army and lives in Midway, Georgia where he is working on a book on the battles of Ramadi and al Anbar as well as teaching at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Dr. Paula Martin, who earned her MA in history in 1998 under the direction of Dr. Christopher Guthrie, has completed her dissertation on Dr. Suzanne Noel, an early 20th century French plastic surgeon and an influential feminist leader, and earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Nevada at Reno. She has obtained a tenure-track teaching position at Georgia Southern University and is working on a book based on her dissertation. Johns Hopkins University Press has expressed an interest in publishing it.  She was honored by Tarleton in October 2013 by being named "Outstanding Alumnus" for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Mr. Christopher Lehman, who earned his BA degree in history in Spring 2004, completed his masters degree in Public History at Texas State University-San Marcos. He now works for Texas State as a computer technician.