News and Events

Student Achievements, 2016-2017

Our students and former students have been busy this year! Check out some of the exciting accomplishments of our current undergraduate and graduate students and catch up on the news from our amazing alumni:

Alumni News

It’s always great to hear from our alumni and what they are doing with their history degrees! Catch up on some news from our former students:

Faculty Achievements, 2016-2017

Dr. Katherine Aaslestad, received a prestigious J. William Fulbright Research Award to Germany. Dr. Aaslestad’s Fulbright Flex Award will support three research trips to Germany in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to undertake research on her book project, “After the Wars:  German Central Europe after Napoleonic Conquest, 1815-1848.”

Undergraduate Research Skills Program fosters research opportunities

Our department aims to foster research opportunities for everyone, including Undergraduate History Majors. To this end, we developed the Undergraduate Research Skills Program in order to encourage and foster innovative research among our Undergraduate students.  

Dr. Nathan Wood presents 53rd Annual Callahan Lecture

On March 27, the Department of History hosted Nathan Wood to present “Backwardness and Rushing Forward: The Age of Speed in a Suburb of Europe” for the 53rd annual Callahan Lecture. Dr. Wood, professor of history at the University of Kansas, explored the trenchant irony of the history of transportation in Poland from 1885-1939: that the quintessential experience of the age of speed—and of modernity generally—just might be the sensation of feeling left behind. 

Dr. Arthurs selected as faculty fellow for his innovative course

In an effort to engage students with the past, Dr. Arthurs has been actively developing courses that take a thematic approach to history. He believes that courses should allow students to think about history in a broader sense.

Dr. Katherine Aaslestad recognized as a Benedum Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Katherine Aaslestad was recently named a 2016 Benedum Distinguished scholar, an honor which recognizes her high caliber of research and scholarly activity. 

WV Women’s History Tour created by graduate students and alumna

A team of emerging history professionals connected to the WVU History Department recently collaborated to create an online tour of West Virginia women. The interactive tour was designed for “IN.Exclusive,” a new exhibit at Arts Monongahela designed to commemorate Women’s History Month (celebrated during the month of March). The exhibit and interactive tour aim to highlight contributions and accomplishments of women in West Virginia that may have been overlooked in mainstream culture and historical interpretation previously.

Dr. Kate Staples earns Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing

Kate Kelsey Staples, associate chair of the West Virginia University Department of History, was named the recipient of the 2016 Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing.