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ECU Announces 2016 David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Welcome Anne Whisnant
August 9, 2016
By Lacey L. Gray
Director of Marketing and Communications Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
East Carolina University soon
will welcome Anne Whisnant to the faculty as the 2016 David
Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.
am honored to have been chosen to join the faculty at East Carolina as the Whichard
Distinguished Professor,” said Whisnant, who most recently served as deputy secretary of the
the Office of Faculty Governance and as adjunct associate professor of
history and American studies at the University of North Carolina at
Hill. “I look forward to getting
to know ECU and Greenville and look forward to engaging with ECU students,
faculty and staff in their efforts to better understand and interpret East
Housed within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts
and Sciences, the professorship is made possible through a generous donation by
the Whichard family in honor of David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard of
Greenville. This year, the Whichard Professorship is hosted by the Department
History Department is excited and honored to host Anne Whisnant as the Whichard
Distinguished Professor in the Humanities for the 2016-2017 academic year. Her
scholarship and experience as a public historian will strengthen the
department, college and university,” said Chair of the Department of History
Dr. Christopher Oakley.
Whichard Distinguished Professor, one of Whisnant’s roles is to teach a course
each semester. While at ECU, she will teach North Carolina history and a course
in digital public history.
has been a leader in taking proactive steps to address the complicated legacy
of its past as it looks forward to its future,” said Whisnant. “In my teaching of
North Carolina history and digital public history at ECU, I hope to be able to
make a contribution to this important conversation and find ways to connect it
to state and national efforts to employ public history approaches in fruitful
look forward to professor Whisnant helping us continue our ongoing discussions
of race, historical memory and public commemoration,” said Oakley.
received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Birmingham-Southern
College in 1989, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from UNC-Chapel Hill
in 1991 and ’97 respectively. She completed post-doctoral coursework at North
Carolina State University in 2002.
the course of her career, Whisnant has melded her academic administration and
teaching with an active public history practice. Her research interests focus
on public history, digital history and the history of the U.S. National Parks.
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