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Tarleton prof receives Regents Professor honor from A&M System
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 31, 2014
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton professor of history Dr. Christopher E. Guthrie was among 13 professors and seven fellows honored as Regents Professor or Regents Fellow for 2012-13 by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Jan. 29 in Galveston.
“The regents awards allow us to show our outstanding faculty and researchers that we value their contribution to the A&M System,” said board chairman Phil Adams. “It is their commitment to excellence that makes the A&M System one of America’s very best.”
Chancellor John Sharp added, “Our staff, faculty and researchers are the backbone of the A&M System. This is an excellent opportunity for us to recognize the significant contributions these individuals make each day not only in the A&M System, but all over the world.”
Guthrie joined the Tarleton faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor of history. Since his arrival he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses including the history of western civilization, the French Revolution and imperial Russia, and topics in modern European history.
During his more than three decades at Tarleton, Guthrie has authored or had scholarly articles appear in more than 15 publications, including a book, The Legacy of John Tarleton: The History of Tarleton State University, 1899-1999.
Guthrie has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards, fellowships and research grants during his tenure at Tarleton, including serving as a faculty fellow for the Center for Instructional Innovation, recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper Outstanding Professor Award for Teaching Excellence and the Jack and Louise Arthur Excellence in Teaching Award, the O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award, among others.
A native of Chicago, Guthrie received his bachelor of arts in political science, master of arts in modern European history and Ph.D. in French history, all from Northern Illinois University. He also received additional training during a seminar on the French Revolution at L ‘Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris.
“I am honored to win the Regents Professor award and thereby join the ranks of the outstanding Tarleton faculty who have won it in the past, including my good friend the late Tom Pilkington,” said Guthrie. “I have always considered myself lucky to have a job that I love at a great institution like Tarleton.
“I would also like to thank Dr. Don Zelman for nominating me for the award, the Faculty Senate for officially naming me Tarleton’s candidate, and Dr. Dominic Dottavio, Dr. Karen Murray, Ms. Abi Foreman and Dean Kelli Styron for supporting me in this endeavor. I am both humbled and proud and look forward to serving my school and its students in the future,” Guthrie added.
The Board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 and Regents Fellow Service Award program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the citizens of Texas.
A total of nine Tarleton faculty members have received the honor, including: Dr. Jack P. Russell (1997), director of business information engineering; Dr. William T. “Tom” Pilkington (2000), university scholar for literature and professor of English; Dr. Brad Chilton Jr. (2001), professor of business systems; Dr. James Kirby (2004), professor of mathematics; Dr. Don M. Beach (2008), professor of educational leadership; Dr. Pam Littleton (2010), professor of mathematics; Dr. Mallory Young, professor of English and languages (2011), and Dr. Joe W. Gillespie, professor of kinesiology (2012).
Tarleton State University
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