Congratulations Faculty, Students and Alumni

We are very proud of our faculty and current and former students. Students on the Dean's List are posted in the Social Sciences office each semester. Other accomplishments, awards and honors are posted here, updated as often as needed (or so we hope).

Update:  September, 2017

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Below is a list of accomplishments we used to compile before we moved to the social media accounts for accolades:

Spring 2014:

Dr. John Barnett was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Vietnam. He will visit Vietnam during his sabbatical leave in spring 2015.

Dr. Charles Brown won the President's Award for Research and Creativity in 2014.

Dr. Charles Brown was named the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor for 2014.

Dr. Darla Mallein is principle grant writer and project director of Emporia State University’s No Child Left Behind Improving Teacher Quality competitive grant proposal entitled UPSCALE: Using Primary Source Material Collaboratively to Achieve Literacy Standards for Everyone, chosen by the Kansas Board of Regents for funding in the amount of $102,000.

Dr. Brian Miller has been named General Editor of the journal Civil War History. He will serve as editor for the next five years. Dr. Miller published "Traumatized Manhood:  Confederate Amputees in History, Memory, and Hollywood" in Lawrence Keiser and Randal Allred, eds., The Civil War in Popular Culture:  Memory and Meaning (University of Kentucky Press, 2014).  He also delivered a lecture on Lincoln in memory in Hays, KS after helping the Public Library there secure a grant to get a traveling NEH exhibit on the Constitution.

Michael Smith and Kevin Anderson presented Breakdown, Take Me through the Day: Teaching Constitution Day to Middle- and High-School Students with Short Breakout Sessions, at the American Political Science Association Teaching & Learning Conference in February. Michael and colleagues were featured on KPR Presents in a discussion panel broadcast on Sunday March 2.

Dr. Joyce Thierer won the 2014 Ruth Schillinger award for Outstanding Service to the women of Emporia State University. In January Dr. Thierer received the Grassland Award from Wabaunsee County Conservation District for her work to restore grasslands on her property.

Dr. Brian Miller and Dr. Deb Gerish won awards for their contributions to the university's assessment program.

Fall 2013:

Dr. Ed Emmer published "North Carolina State U. Should Consider What Harm the NSA Does" in The Chronicle of Higher Education. C. E. Emmer, September 23, 2013.

Dr. Emmer also published "Coda," in Kitsch: History, Theory, Practice, edited by Monica Kjellman-Chapin.
(a little side-note: all the images on the cover ultimately come from Emporia!)

Dr. Phil Kelly published “A Geopolitical Interpretation of Security Concerns within United States – Latin American Relations” in CHDS Security and Defense Studies Review, published by the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Darla Mallein is recipient of a Kansas Board of Regents grant for her project titled "UPSCALE: Using Primary Source Material Collaboartively to Achieve Literacy Standards for Everyone," in the amount of $102,000. The grant is part of KBOR's No Child Left Behind Improving Teacher Quality competitive grant program.

Dr. Brian Miller was named to the faculty for the 2014 Civil War Summer Institute at Gettysburg College.

Dr. Miller published "Film Roundtable: Lincoln: in Civil War History 59(3): 358-75, September 2013.

Dr. Greg Schneider published Rock Island Requiem: The Collapse of a Mighty Fine Line (University Press of Kansas), released on September 10, 2013.

Dr. Schneder received the Richard Overton fellowship from the Lexington Group of Transportation Historians to support research for his new book on the railroad industry and government between WWI and WWII.

Dr. Joyce Thierer is the Program Chair for the Kansas Association of Historians.

Summer 2013: 

Dr. Chris Lovett received a summer OOE grant for his research project titled “The Malmedy Massacre Hearings and Joe McCarthy’s First War on the U.S. Army.”

Dr. Darla Mallein was awarded her fourth “Teaching with Primary Sources” workshop grant for $24,000 from the Library of Congress.

Dr. Brian Miller was awarded a summer OOE grant for travel to Burbank, California, for research on “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” a project on construction of memory and perceptions of Lincoln.

Dr. Greg Schneider was awarded the first ever John H. White, Jr., Research Fellowship ($2500) from the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society to support his next book project, Government Rails: American Railroads in Depression, Prosperity and War, 1917-1945. Dr. Schneider also received an Earhart Foundation for summer research travel in support of this project.

December 2012 and January 2013: Michael Smith and John Barnett (with Social Sciences alumnus Jared Larson) participated in an international trip to Paraguay under the auspices of the Center for Information and Resources for Development, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development. Participation on the trip was competitive, and meant to build and strengthen relationships between institutions of higher education in Paraguay and the U.S. 

Amanda Miracle, Phil Kelly, Michael Smith, Karen Smith, Ellen Hansen, and Rob Catlett planned and participated in the “Perspectives on Liberty: Bill of Rights to Civil Rights” event that brought about 75 high school students to campus on February 27, 2013. Master of Arts in History students Steven Bellavia and Lori Enicks-Kniss presented their papers on George Mason, Father of the Bill of rights and submitted papers to compete for the $5,000 Colonial Dames Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to Steven Bellavia, who was honored at the Colonial Dames luncheon and awards ceremony in April 2013.

January 2013

    Dr. Chris Lovett: Received a summer OOE grant for his project titled “The Malmedy Massacre Hearings and Joe McCarthy’s First War on the U.S. Army.”

    Dr. Brian Miller: did an interview with the Civil War Monitor magazine; it is available at: Dr. Miller has been named the Inaugural Editor of the South in the Civil War Series with Kent State University Press.  The Series will be announced at the 150th Anniversary Symposium on the Civil War at Gettysburg College this March. Dr. Miller is the recipient of a summer OOE grant for his project “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” and will use the funds to go to Disneyland.

    Dr. Brian Miller presented a paper at the American Historical Association meeting in New Orleans on January 3, entitled “Positioning the Empty Sleeve in the Postwar South.” He gave a lecture in Concordia, KS, on January 7, about the Civil War, and presented in the Social Sciences Colloquium Series on his new book A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War (Kent State University Press; 2012).

    Dr. Ellen Hansen: Book chapter titled “Women at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” co-authored with Dr. Janice Monk, was published in Geography and Social Justice in the Classroom, T.W. Kenreich, ed., Routledge Press Series on Research in Education (New York: Routledge, 2013).

    Dr. Michael Smith returned safely from a terrific trip to Paraguay in December; Dr. John Barnett went on the same trip in January 2013, along with Dr. Ed Flentje of Wichita State and alumnus Jared Larson. Dr. Barnett and Mr. Larson went on a side trip to Iguazu Falls on the border between Paraguay and Brazil.

December 2012

    Dr. Phil Kelly published: Phil Kelly (2012)“Quarantatre Teorie e Concetti per un Modello Geopolitico” (“Forty-Three Theories/Concepts for a Geopolitical Model”) Geopolitica-Rivista Trimestrale dell’ISAG (vol. 1, no. 3, pp.19-34), Rome, Italy. Dr. Kelly has been invited to accept a formal affiliation with the Instituto De Alti Studi in Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliare.

    Drs. Michael Smith and John Barnett and students Charles Chiddix, Mark Bowman, Karly Kennedy and Brittany Davis went to the Dole Institute post-election conference.

    Dr. Smith, with co-authors Kevin Anderson and Chap Rackaway presented a paper titled "Was the Vote Suppressed in 2012?  A Tentative Look at The Impact of Voter-Suppression Laws in the 2012 Presidential Election" at the Northeastern Political Science Association conference in Boston.
    The Insight Kansas crew also also had a post-election conference Dr. Smith attended and it got the following media publicity.  The Topeka article ran on the front page.

    Joyce Thierer: Consultant to National Park Service on Junior Master of the Santa Fe Trail: An Education Activity Program. Contributed “Join the Wagon Train – Wagon Ho!” (pg. 100), two more in process to add to the series. Book review published: Joyce Thierer, 2012. Deep Trails in the Old West: A Frontier Memoir, by Frank Clifford, edited by Frederick Nolan (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011). New Mexico Historical Review 87 (4): 501-2.

November 2013. Jacque Fehr was promoted to Administrative Specialist in her 39th year of service to Emporia State University and the Department of Social Sciences.


Chris Hunter (BA History 2008), reporter for The Salina Journal, won 2nd place in the religion category at the Kansas Press Association awards for his story “Does the Bible matter?”:

Zach Wimmer (BSE Social Sciences 2010; MA History 2012) is the winner of the 2012 Boylan Thesis Award for his thesis titled “Out of the Dust: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Kansas” (May 2012).
MA History student Dana Carter has been selected to present a paper at the January meeting of the Kansas Corral of Westerners. This paper came out of her research for the Country Folk and the Land class in history.
Woojoo Kim (2009, Political Science) is now at University of Washington and was just awarded an internship position at the Center of Korea Studies in the Jackson School at UW.
Mark Daniels (2001, Social Sciences Education) was Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2008 in his school district in Florida and also honored by the Florida Council for the Social Studies. He wrote: “It all comes from that good ESU background.” He is managing a Teaching American History grant for his school district, doing historical performances, and writing a book about teaching methods.


Steven Bellavia (MA History), received the 2013 Colonial Dames scholarship.

Hannah Hutley (BSE Social Sciences), selected as a Rotary Award winner for 2013.