ROBERT F. PACE
Department of History
McMurry University
Box 638
McMurry Station
Abilene, TX 79697
Phone: (326) 793-3865
FAX: (325) 793-3866
e-mail: rpace@mcm.edu


EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1992;
    • Major Field: American History;
    • Minor Fields: Latin American History, Military History;
    • Dissertation Title:  "King Hog Dethroned: Agriculture in the Lower South, 1850-1880."
    • Doctoral Advisor: Grady McWhiney, Ph.D., Lyndon Baines Johnson Professor of American History.
  • M.A., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1990;
    • Major Field: American History;
    • Thesis Title:  "The Intensity of Slave Labor on Antebellum Southern Plantations."
  • B.A., Austin College, Sherman, Texas, 1988 (Honors in History).

EMPLOYMENT:

  • Professor of History, McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, 2004-present.
    • Teaching Responsibilities: The Old South, Early American Republic, History of Mexico, Black Experience in America, Historiography and Methods, Latin America, Leadership and Virtue in American History, U.S. History Survey, Persons and Communities.
  • Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, 2004-present.
  • Chair, Department of History, McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, 2001-2006.
  • Associate Professor of History, McMurry Univerisity, Abilene, Texas, 1999-2004.
  • Senior Director, Grady McWhiney Research Foundation , 1999-2004.
  • Associate Professor of History (with tenure), Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, 23909, 1998-1999.
  • Assistant Professor of History, Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, 1992-1998.
  • Instructor, Department of History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1990-1992;
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1988-1990.

 


HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • The Gordon R. and Lola J. Bennett Award for Outstanding Teaching, Service, and Leadership, McMurry University, 2008 recipient.
  • E.E. Hall Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Arts and Sciences, McMurry University, 2006 recipient;
  • McMurry University Outstanding Faculty Award, 2005;
  • Pacesetter Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, McMurry University, 2004;
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2004;
  • Pacesetter Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, McMurry University, 2003;
  • Exceptional Merit Faculty Award, Longwood College, 1998;
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers, 1998;
  • Board Member, Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, 1997-present;
  • Fellow, Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, 1996-present;
  • Exceptional Merit Faculty Award, Longwood College, 1996;
  • Longwood Research Travel Grant, Longwood College, 1996;
  • Longwood College Student Government Association Resolution of Commendation for Contributions to Student Life, 1995;
  • Exceptional Merit Faculty Award, Longwood College, 1994;
  • Longwood Summer Research Grant, Longwood College, 1994;
  • Graduate Fellowship, Texas Christian University, 1988-1992;
  • Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History, 1988;
  • Pi Gamma Mu, Honor Society in the History and the Social Sciences, 1988;
  • Austin College Departmental Honors in History, 1988.

PUBLICATIONS (BOOKS):


PUBLICATIONS (ARTICLES):

  • “The 1956 General Conference Debates,” Heritage Journal [Annual Publication of the Texas United Methodist Historical Society], 3 (2007), 35-60.
  • "Adolescent Honor: College Student Behavior in the Old South" Southern Culture (Fall 2000), co-author with Christopher A. Bjornsen.
  • "'It Was Bedlam Let Loose': The Louisiana Sugar Country and the Civil War" Louisiana History, Vol. XXXIX (Fall 1998), 389-409.
  • "Overwhelmed by the Storm: The Atlantic Rice Country, 1849-1879," Southern Studies, New Series, Vol. VI, No. 2 (Summer 1995): 1-24.
  • "Abandoning Self-Sufficiency: Corn in the Lower South, 1849-1879," Southern Studies, New Series, Vol. IV, No. 3 (Fall 1993): 271-293, author.


PUBLICATIONS (OTHER):

  • Numerous book reviews for a variety of journals.
  • More than thirty encyclopedia articles.
  • On Eagles’ Wings: A History of St. John’s Episcopal School, Abilene, Texas, 1952-2002 (Abilene: McWhiney Foundation Press, 2003), editor. (Chapters written by students under my direction).
  • Two Hundred Years in the Heart of Virginia: Perspectives on Farmville's History, 1798-1998 (Farmville, Va.: Longwood College Foundation, Inc., 1998), editor. (Chapters written by students under my direction in an honors local history research seminar).
  • Instructor's Manual to Accompany A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Fifth Edition, by Mary Beth Norton, et al. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997), co-author with Donald S. Frazier, Marvin Schultz, R. Bruce Winders and Amy Wilson.


 RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Program Review Consultant, History Program, Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas, 2007.
  • Museum Historical Consultant, Frontier Texas! History Attraction, Abilene, Texas, 2002-2004.
  • Board Member, Fellow, and Vice President, Grady McWhiney Research Foundation (a non-profit organization that dedicated to history education.  The McWhiney Foundation publishes books, operates a heritage tourism site called Buffalo Gap Historic Village, conducts teacher workshops, holds historical symposia, and awards scholarships, grants, and book prizes for significant research and scholarship in nineteenth-century American history), 1997-present;
  • Book Review Editor, H-CivWar, a sub-list of the H-Net Internet Consortium in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, 1998-2000.
  • Historical Advisor, Farmville Bicentennial Exhibit, Longwood Center for the Visual  Arts--1998;
  • Historical Cartography:
    • More than eight hundred maps in numerous historical publications.
  • Presented papers at more than a dozen Conferences, Symposia, and other related venues.


Last updated: September 17, 2008



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