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Department of History & Political Science

Dr. David Ulbrich

Assistant Professor
Baird Hall, Room 219E
918-343-7798
dulbrich@rsu.edu

 

Education

  • Ph.D., History
    Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
  • Attended doctoral program, History
    Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 1996-2001
  • M.A., History
    Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1996
  • B.A., History
    University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1993

Employment

  • 2012-2013, Command Historian (GS-13)
  • 2010-2012: Historian (GS-12)
  • 2009-2010: Historian (GS-11)
    U.S. Army Engineer School

  • 2007-Present, Senior Instructor, Online M.A. in Military History
    Norwich University, Northfield, VT

  • 2008-2009, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
    Ohio University, Athens, OH

  • 2007-2008, Assistant Professor of History
    Ball State University, Muncie, IN

  • 2004-2007, Instructor of History (full-time)
    Ball State University, Muncie, IN

  • 1995-2004, 2011-2012: Adjunct Instructor of History
    Drury University, Temple University, University of Delaware, West Chester University, Washburn University, Kansas State University, University of Dayton

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • U.S. and the Vietnam War
  • The Cold War in the Third World
  • World  War I
  • The Pacific War, 1931-1945
  • World  War II
  • U.S. Military History to/since 1919
  • Masculinity in America, 1800-1970
  • U.S. History to/since 1865
  • World History since 1500
  • F.D.R., America, and the World
  • U.S. History, 1914-1945
  • Capstone Research Seminar
  • Western Civilization to/since 1715
  • The West in the World

Graduate Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Military History
  • Race and Gender in Military History
  • Amphibious Warfare Seminar

Publications

  • Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern US. Marine Corps, 1936-1943. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2011. 304 pp. Winner: 2012 General Wallace M. Greene Book Award. Honorable Mention: 2012 Samuel Eliot Morison Book Award for Naval Literature reviewed in Journal of Military History, Defense et Securite lnternationale, Northern Mariner, Marine Corps Gazette, Marine Corps University Journal, Leatherneck Magazine, Warfare, Journal of America's Military Past, and Naval History
  • Co-author of textbook with Matthew S. Muehlbauer. Ways of War: American Militmy History from the Colonial Period to the Present. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • Co-author of textbook with Mark Charles Fissel, Amphibious Warfare: An Interpretative History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press (under contract; forthcoming in 2015).

Selected Grants, Fellowships & Awards

  • 2012 General Wallace M Greene Book Award, for non-fiction on U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
  • Honorable Mention (4 Finalists), 2012 Samuel Eliot Morison Book Award for Naval Literature, New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States.
  • 2012 Brigadier General Edwin H Simmons-Henry l Shaw Award, for distinguished service to the U.S. Marine Corps History Division, Marine Corps University History Division.
  • Preparing for Victory named "Notable Naval Books of 2011" in Proceedings Magazine (May 2012); and named "Book of the Month" in Leatherneck Magazine (June 2011).
  • Grant-in-Aid ($1,875), U.S. Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 2010.
  • Accessible Teacher Award, Disabled Student Development, Ball State University, 2008.
  • Principal Investigator, Cantigny First Division Foundation ($25,000), matching grant from Ohio University ($35,000), Cantigny First Division Oral History Project-Phase II, 2009. Co-Principal Investigator with Professor Michael W. Doyle, McCormick Tribune Foundation ($50,000), matching grant from Ball State University ($75,000), Cantigny First Division Oral History Project-Phase I, 2008.
  • Co-Recipient, (on-air segment host, script co-writer, and historical consultant), 2 Silver Telly Awards "Live Events" and "Education", WIPB-TV, Echoes of War: Storiesfibrom the Big Red One, 2008.
  • Outstanding Educator, Correctional Education Program, Ball State University, 2007.
  • Co-Recipient, WETA/Corporation for Public Broadcasting Grant ($15,000); matching grants from Ball State University's Center for Media Design ($16,000), Mutual Federal Savings Bank Charitable Foundation ($2,000), and McCormick Tribune Foundation (in-kind support $12,000) for WIPB-TV documentary, Echoes of War: Storiesfi"om the Big Red One, 2007.
  • 2003-2004 General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Memorial Dissertation Fellowship ($10,000), U.S. Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
  • 2000 Colonel Robert Debs Heinl, Jr., Memorial Award for outstanding article in Marine Corps history, U.S. Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
  • Certificate of Recognition for Teaching, Residence Life Office, Kansas State University, 1998.
  • Educational Foundation Scholarship ($1,000), Society for Logistics Engineers, 1999.
  • Anne Stewart Higham Award, outstanding graduate student in military history, Kansas State University, 1998-1999.

Published Peer-refereed Articles

  • "Thomas Holcomb, Alexander A. Vandegrift, and Reforms in Amphibious Command Relations on Guadalcanal in 1942." War and Society 28 (May 2009): 113-47.
  • "Clarifying the Origins and Strategic Mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Defense Battalion, 1898-1941." War and Society 17 (October 1999): 81-109. Winner-2000 Robert Debs Heinl Article Award Reprint: Today 's Best Military Writing: The Finest Articles on the Past, Present, and Future of the US. Military. Ed. Walter Boyne. New York: Forge Press, 2004. Pp. 81-104.
  • "A Male-Conscious Critique of All Quiet on the Western Front." Journal of Men's Studies 5 (February 1995): 229-40.

Published Research

  • Co-author with CPT Scott Sarm and CPT Jerry M. Hallman. "Army Engineer Divers: First in Port­au-Prince Harbor," Engineer Bulletin 40 (September-December 2010): 7-12.
  • "Document of Note: The Long-Lost Tentative Manual for the Defense of Advanced Bases (1936)." Journal of Military History 71 (July 2007): 889-901.
  • Thomas Holcomb and the Advent of the Marine Corps Defense Battalion, 1936-1941. Monograph in Occasional Paper Series. Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University, 2004. (M.A. thesis) 150 pp.
  • "Research Note: 'A Program for Covert Action Against the Castro Regime, 16 March 1960. "' Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Newsletter 33 (September 2002): 1-19.
  • "Henry S. Aurand: Student, Teacher, and Practitioner of U.S. Army Logistics, 1920-1945." In The Human Tradition in America between the World Wars, 1920-1945. Ed. Donald Whisenhunt. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2002. Pp. 185-202.
  • "A Kantian Critique of Machiavelli's 'Ethic of Power."' in Philosophical Perspectives on Power and Domination: Theories and Practices. Eds. Laura Duhan Kaplan and Laurence F. Bove. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 1997. Pp. 199-207.

Print & Internet Interviews

  • "Thomas Holcomb Turned Marines into Fearsome Weapon," interview with Scott M. Smith, Investor's Business Daily, 24 July 2012.
  • "L'entre-deux-guerres, iige d'or de l'histoire du Corps des Marines Entretien" ["The Inter-war Period: The Golden Age in the History of the Marine Corps," interview with Joseph Henrotin], Defense et Slfcurite Internationale, Special Issue 22 (February-March 2012): 20-24.
  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943," podcast interview with Mary Beth Wells, 3 and 9 October 2011, Toginet online Radio.
  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943," podcast interview with Bob Wintermute, 5 October 2011, New Books in Military History.

Training Certificates & Credentials

  • Advanced Oral History Institute, Regional Oral History Office, UC-Berkeley, 2012;
  • Explosive Hazards Unit Training-Afghanistan, Counter Explosive Hazards Center, 2011;
  • Coordinator of Military History Instruction, U.S. Army Engineer School 2010-present;
  • Modern Archives Institute National Archives, 2010;
  • Digitization Workshop, American Association of State and Local History, 2010;
  • Contract Officer Representative, U.S. Army, 2010;
  • Civilian Staff Officers Course, U.S. Army, 2010;
  • Secret Security Clearance, 2010-2015.

Published Book Reviews

  • Engineering Security: The Corps of Engineers and the Third System Defense Policy, 1815-1861. By Mark A. Smith. Army Histmy (Winter 2012): 44-45.
  • Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific. By Larry Smith. Journal of Militmy History 73 (July 2009): 1002-1003.
  • The OSS and Ho Chi Minh: Unexpected Allies in the War Against Japan. By Dixee R. Bartholomew-Feis. Journal of Asian Studies 66 (November 2007): 1160-61.
  • Mission Raise Hell: The US. Marines on Choiseul, October-November 1943. By James F. Christ. And The Six Marine Divisions in the Pacific: Every Campaign of World War II. By George B. Clark. Journal of Military History 71 (October 2007): 1294-95.
  • Every Shape, Every Shadow: A Novel of Guadalcanal. By Roger L. Conlee. Marine Corps Gazette 89 (September 2005): 94.
  • The "Casualty Issue" in American Military Practice: The Impact of World War I. By Evan Andrew Huelfer. Journal of Military History 69 (January 2005): 256-57.
  • They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam, October 1967. By  David  Maraniss. Marine Corps Gazette 88 (December 2004): 47.
  • The Origins of World War Two: The Debate Continues. Edited by Robe1t Boyce  and Joseph A. Maiolo, eds. H-War Review, April, 2004.
  • The GI War Against Japan: American Soldiers in Asia and the Pacific during World War II. By Peter Schrijvers. Journal of Asian Studies 62 (November  2003): 1249-50.
  • Gay Warriors: A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present. Edited  by B. R. Burg. Journal of Military History 67 (April2003): 547-48.
  • Taking  Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of US. Imperialism, 1915-1940. By  Mary Renda. Journal of Military History 66 (April 2002): 595-96.
  • Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Male. By Susan Faludi. Journal of Men's Studies 10 (Winter 2002): 233-35.
  • Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women. By Laura Fairchild Brodie. Marine Corps Gazette 85 (August 2001): 72-73.
  • The Human Tradition in the World War II Era. Edited by Malcolm  Muir, Jr. Journal of Military History 65 (April2001): 544-55.
  • The Decline of Males. By Lionel Tiger. Journal of Men's Studies 9 (Fall2000): 147-9.
  • The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Anne Cipriano Venzon. Marine Corps Gazette 84 (July 2000): 99.
  • Vietnamese Women at War: Fighting for Ho Chi Minh and the Revolution. By Sandra C. Taylor. Journal of Military History 64 (July 2000): 906-907.
  • At the Water's Edge: Defending Againstthe Amphibious Assault. By Theodore L. Gatchel. Military and Naval History Journal!! (Apri12000): 79-80.
  • Creating G. I Jane: Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps in World War II. By Leisa D. Meyer. War in History 7 (January 2000): 118-20.
  • Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War. By Barpara Ehrenreich. Rethinking History: Journal of Theory and Practice 3 (Autumn 1999): 354-57.
  • More than a Uniform: A Navy Woman in a Navy Man's World. By Winnifred Quick Collins and Herbert M. Levine. Periodical: Journal of America's Military Past 24 (Winter 1998): 85-86.
  • The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity. By George L. Mosse. Journal of Men's Studies 5 (May 1997): 351-53.

Published Reference Works & Short Articles

  • "Asymmetric Warfare," "Amphibious Warfare," and "U.S. Intervention in Haiti." In Encyclopedia of Military Science. Ed. G. Kurt Piehler. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press (forthcoming in 2013).
  • As unattributed author. "Engineer Moments in History." U.S. Army Engineer School. Short entries. (monthly, 2010-2011). 
  • As unattributed author. Historical Vignette 125 - "Hispanic Heritage Month: Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross." U.S. Army Corps of Engineers History Office, September 2010.
  • Introduction to Chapter 7, "The Asymmetric Period, 1995-2004." In Handbook of American Military History: From the Revolutionary War to the Present. 2nd ed. Jerry K. Sweeney, ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. Pp. 307-12.
  • "Revisiting Small Wars: A 1933 Questionnaire, Vernon E. Megee, and the Small Wars Manual." Marine Corps Gazette 90 (November 2006): 74-75.
  • "U.S. Women in Military Service in World War II" and "Ruth C. Streeter." In Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia from Antiquity to the Present. Ed. Bernard Cook. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-Clio, 2006.
  • Co-compiler with Mark H. Danley, et a!. Cumulative Index for the Air Force Journal of Logistics. 5"' ed. Gunter AFB, Alabama: U.S. Air Force Logistics Management Agency, 2006.
  • "Total War" and "Women." In History in Dispute: Twentieth Century European Social and Political Movements. Vol16 and Vol17. Ed. Paul du Quenoy. Detroit: St. James Press, 2004.
  • "HenryS. Aurand." In The International Military Encyclopedia. Ed. Norman Tobias. Gulf Breeze, Florida: Academic International, 2004.
  • "Thomas Holcomb," "Thomas Charles Hart," and "Operation Watchtower." In Encyclopedia of American Military History. 3 vols. Ed. Spencer C. Tucker. New York: Facts on File, 2004.
  • "Reflections on the History Society's 2002 Atlanta Conference." Historically Speaking: The Newsletter of the Historical Society 4 (September 2002): 33.
  • "Allied Economics," "Convoys," "Firepower and Mobility," "Gender Roles," "Homosexuality," and "Soldiers' Motivations." In History in Dispute, Vol 8 and Vol 9 World War I: First Series. Ed. Dennis E. Showalter. Detroit: St. James, 2002.
  • "Logistics/Transport." In The Reader's Guide to Military History. Ed. Charles Messenger. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
  • "U.S. Grenades and Landmines," "Thomas Holcomb," "U.S. Strategy Island-Hopping and Leapfrogging," "U.S. Small Arms," and "Alexander A. Vandegrift." In World War II in the Pacific: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Stanley Sandler. New York: Garland, 2001.
  • "Logisticians Need Practice: Comparing the Pre-War Careers of Montgomery C. Meigs and Henry S. Aurand." Logistics Spectrum 34 (July-September 2000): 32-34.
  • "Mock Interview Sessions: Conference Report, Student Affairs." Historically Speaking: The Newsletter of the Historical Society 2 (September 2000): 14-5.
  • "Anaconda Plan," "CSA Financing," "Logistics," "The Lost Cause," "Montgomery C. Meigs," "Confederate Railroads," and "Sherman's March to the Sea." In Encyclopedia of the American Civil War. 5 vols. Ed. Jeanne T. Heidler and David S. Heidler. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2000. Winner 2003 Distinguished Book Award, reference work, Society for Military History.
  • As compiler, Biographical Data Sheets of "Jerome Hammack" and "Guenther Wendt," NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project, 1997.
  • "Just War: Strategy & Tactics." Concerned Philosophers for Peace Newsletter 11 (1991): 14-5.

Named Lectures

  • "From Belleau Wood to Guadalcanal: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps," Earl H  Ellis Memorial Lecture, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, U.S. Army War College, 2012.
  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1936-1943," Eight Bells Lecture, U.S. Naval War College, 2011.
  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1936-1943," Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 2011.

Public Lectures

  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1936-1943," New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States, scheduled for May 2013.
  • "From Belleau Wood to Guadalcanal: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps," New York Military Affairs Symposium, scheduled for May 2013.
  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1936-1943," National World War II Museum, November 2012.
  • "History of the Big Red One, 1917-present," Leader Professional Development Seminar, 4 111 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, scheduled for November 2012.
  • "The Importance of the Battle for Guadalcanal," Commemoration of the Battle of Guadalcanal Conference, Brookdale Community College, October 2012.
  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1936-1943," Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University, October 2012.
  • "Logistics and Projection of Force in the Pacific War," Leader Professional Development Seminar, U.S. Army Engineer School and I'' Engineer Brigade, 2012.
  • "Thomas Holcomb: Marine Corps Commandant and Delaware Military Hero," Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation, 2012.
  • "Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps," U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, U.S. Army War College, 2011.
  • "History of Fort Leonard Wood and the 4111 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade," Cantigny First Division Oral History Project- Phase III & IV, and Ball State University Oral History Workshop, 2011 and 2012.
  • "Unwavering Devotion to Duty: Thomas Holcomb and the U.S. Marine Corps," Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution, Brookdale Community College, 2011.
  • "Grant-Writing Workshop," Graduate Student History Association, Ohio University, 2009.
  • "Causes and Consequences of American Involvement in World War I," presentation for Hands-on History Teaching American History Grant, Ohio Historical Society, 2009.
  • "Guadalcanal: The Real Turning Point in the Pacific War," Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution, Brookdale Community College, New Jersey, 2009.
  • "Japanese and American  Logistics in the Pacific War," Center for the Study of War and Diplomacy Colloquium, Temple University, 2007.
  • "Logistics in the Pacific War: Key to Victory," Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution, Brookdale Community College, New Jersey, 2007.
  • "Amphibious Operations in the Pacific War," Guest lecture via teleconference for history course titled "Amphibious Warfare," Augusta State University, 2007.
  • "The Great Depression and the New Deal," "World War II: Battles and Biographies," and "World War II: The Home Front and Logistics," presentations for Ohio River Teaching American History Project, Teaching American History Grant, Madison, Indiana, 2007.
  • "Challenges of Wartime Expansion: Thomas Holcomb and the U.S. Marine Corps, December 1941 to July 1942," Faculty Seminar, History Department, Ball State University, 2006.
  • "'Island-hopping' and 'Leapfrogging' to Victory in the Pacific," Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution, Brookdale Community College, New Jersey, 2004.
  • As Instructor, "Consequences of World War II," Chautauqua Short Course for College Teachers, National Science Foundation, University of Pittsburgh, 2004.
  • "Current Research on Ethics of War," Stander Undergraduate Symposium, University of Dayton, 1992.

Conference Presentations

  • "Marine Corps Doctrine and War with Japan," Australian Chief of Staffs Military History Conference: "Armies and Maritime Strategies," Canberra, Australia, scheduled for October 2013.
  • "Trauma, Memory, and Oral History," Advanced Oral History Institute, University of California­ Berkeley, 2012.
  • "The State of Military History Instruction for Lieutenants and Captains at the U.S. Army Engineer School," TRADOC Military History Training Conference, 2011.
  • "Gleaning Lessons for Small Wars: Vernon Megee, the 1933 Questionnaire, and the Small Wars Manual," Northern Great Plains History Conference, 2009.
  • "Transitions in the Second World War: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of a Modern Marine Corps," and panel organizer, "Continuity and Change in the 20111 Century U.S. Marine Corps," Naval History Symposium, 2009.
  • "Control vs. Disruption: The U.S.M.C. and Voodoo and Witchcraft Trials in Haiti, 1927-1930," and panel organizer, "Constructing Cultural Agency in the U.S. Military, 1890-1930," Society for Military History National Conference, 2009.
  • "Reforms in American Command Relations and Amphibious Operations on Guadalcanal," and panel organizer, "Teaching Old Frogs New Tricks: Lessons Learned in  mphibious Warfare across Cultures and Continents," Naval History.Symposium, 2007.
  • "Facing the Rising Sun in the Pacific: Strategic Planning in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, 1933-1941," Northern Great Plains History Conference, 2003.
  • "Henry S. Aurand, Logistics Planning, and the U.S. Army, 1919-1941," and panel organizer, "Calm  Between the Storms: Perspectives on the U.S. Army, 1919-1942," Society for Military History National Conference, 2002.
  • "Choosing Themes in World History," and panel organizer for "Roundtable: Where on Earth Do We Begin? Teaching World History to Undergraduates," Barnes Club Conference, Temple University, 2002.
  • "Understanding the Classroom Teaching Experience," and panel organizer for "Graduate Students and New PhDs: Entering the Classroom," The Historical Society National Conference, 2000.
  • "Logisticians Are  Not  Born,  They  Need  Practice:  An Exploratory Study of the Pre-War Experiences of Henry S. Aurand and Montgomery C. Meigs," Ohio Valley History Conference, 1999.
  • "The U.S. Marine Corps's Mission in the 'Strategic Defense' of the Pacific, 1938-1941," Northern Great Plains History Conference, 1997.
  • "Labor's Challenge: The Eisenhower Administration and the AFL-CIO Merger in 1955," Eisenhower Era Seminar, Kansas State University and Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, 1997.
  • "Marine Corps Advanced Base Force: Theory to Reality, 1898-1941," Siena College World War II Conference, 1996.
  • "A Male-Conscious Critique of The Red Badge of Courage," Popular Culture Association Conference, 1995.
  • "A Male-Conscious Critique of AI Quiet on the Western Front," Popular Culture Association Conference, 1994.
  • "Machiavelli's Concept of Power: Raison d'etat," Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference, 1992.

Other Conference Activities

  • Chair, "The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps," Naval History Symposium, 2011.
  • Commentator, "Settling Losses," Society for Military History National Conference, 2010.
  • Panelist, "Preserving Memories and Creating Interactivity: The Making of Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One," OVERLORD Echoes: D-Day Then and Now Conference, Liberty University, 2009.
  • Panelist, "Race and Gender in Military History," Society for Military History National Conference, 2009.
  • Commentator, "Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One," History Student Association, Ohio University, 2009.
  • Panelist, "Open Forum on Disability," American Historical Association Conference, 2009.
  • Panelist, "Conversations Across Generations: Muncie Public Library Salutes Veterans," John F. Kennedy Public Library, Muncie, Indiana, 2008.
  • Panelist, "Career Advising Session- Public History Opportunities," History Department, Ohio University, 2008.
  • Panelist, "The Cantigny First Division Oral History Project Showcase," 20th Anniversary of Ball State University's Public History Program, 2008.
  • Invited Participant, "The U.S. Citizen-Soldier at War: A Retrospective Look and the Road Ahead," First Division Museum, Wheaton, Illinois, sponsored by the McCormick Tribune Foundation and the Virginia Military Institute Foundation, 2007.
  • Commentator, "Analyzing the Text: Alexander the Great and Women Warriors," Barnes Club Conference, Temple University, 2007.
  • Commentator, "World War II," Northern Great Plains History Conference, 2006.
  • Chair and Commentator, "Perspectives on the U.S. Civil War," Student History Conference, Ball State University, 2006.
  • Panelist, "Public Mock Interview," Barnes Club Conferences, Temple University, 2004-2006. Chair and Commentator, "Two Wars, Two Historiographies: 1812 and 1917," Student History Conference, Ball State University, 2005.
  • Commentator, "Assessing the Instruments of Intimidation and War," and Commentator, "Racism and Violence Across the Nation: Philadelphia and St. Louis in the 20th Century," Barnes Club Conference, Temple University, 2005.
  • Commentator, "Wake Island: Alamo of the Pacific," History Club, Ball State University, 2004.
  • Commentator, "Eisenhower and the European Command," in "From Rosie to Roosevelt: A Film History of America in World War II," National Endowment for the Humanities, Bucks County Free Library, Pennsylvania, 2002.
  • Chair and Commentator, "Responses to War: Pearl Harbor to 9/11," Northern Great Plains History Conference, 2002.
  • Commentator, "Amphibious Warfare in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries," Mid-America Conference on History, 2002.
  • Commentator, "MacArthur and the Pacific War," in "From Rosie to Roosevelt: A Film History of America in World War II," National Endowment for the Humanities, Bucks County Free Library, Pennsylvania, 2002.
  • Panelist, "Should There Be a Men's Studies Department at WCU?" History Department Discussion Open Forum, West Chester University, 2001.
  • Chair, "Military History: World War I and After," Missouri Valley History Conference, 2001
  • Commentator, "The U.S. Civil War," Northern Great Plains History Conference, 2000.
  • Panelist, "Graduate Assistants Headed for the Classroom," Graduate Assistant Workshop, Ball State University, 1995.

Other Awards, Fellowships, Grants & Achievments

  • John F Votaw Research Fellowship ($500), Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University, 2004-2005.
  • John S. Kramer Award, outstanding graduate student in American history, Temple University, 2003-2004. Felix E. Hirsch Travel Grant ($600), The Historical Society, 2002. Graduate Student Travel Grant ($500), Society for Military History, 2002.
  • Listed in Direct01y of American Scholars, 2000 and 2002.
  • Passed examinations in four fields (U.S. History, U.S. Military History, 20th Century U.S. History, and Gender Studies), and advanced to doctoral candidacy, History, Kansas State University, 2001.
  • Graduate Assistantship, History Department, Kansas State University, 1997-2000.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, initiated in 1998.
  • Masters Thesis Fellowship ($2,500), U.S. Marine Corps Historical Foundation, 1994-1995.
  • Matching Grant ($200), Office of Grants and Research, Ball State University, 1994-1995.
  • Graduate Assistantship, History Department, Ball State University, 1993-1995.
  • Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History, initiated in 1992.
  • Phi Sigma Tau, National Honor Society in Philosophy, initiated in 1990.

Service

  • Member of Selection Committee for Colonel Joseph Alexander Book Prize, U.S. Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 2012-present.
  • Capstone Advisor to 13 students, online Norwich University M.A in Military History, 2007-present.
  • Member, Task Force on Disability, American Historical Association, 2008-2009.
  • Faculty Mentor for History major, Disabled Student Development, Ball State University, 2007-2008.
  • Member of Selection Committee for Outstanding US. History Graduate Student Paper Award, Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference in History, Temple University, 2007.
  • Member of Selection Committee for Kevin K. Carroll Outstanding Military History Graduate Student Paper Award, Missouri Valley History Conference, 2007.
  • Chair of Outstanding Article Selection Committee, 2007; and member of Outstanding Article Selection Committee for Robert Debs Heinl, John Daly, and Roy Geiger Awards, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 2005-2007.
  • Chair of Contract Faculty Committee, History Department, Ball State University, 2004-2007.
  • Anonymous  Referee, article manuscripts for North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains, 1998, and Journal of Military History, 2006, 2007, and book manuscripts for A.B. Longman, 2002, 2003, 2005.
  • Grant Referee, Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics Education, 2006; Presidential Academies for American History and Civic Foundations Education Program, 2005; and Teaching American History Grant Program, U.S. Department of Education, 2002-2005.
  • Reviewer of textbook chapters for Houghton Mifflin, 2003, 2005, and McGraw-Hill, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006.
  • Chair of Program Committee, Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference in History, Temple University, 2004; and member of Program Committee, Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference in History, Temple University, 2002-2005.
  • History Day Judge, 1995, 1998, 1999,2005.
  • Member of Board of Governors, and Chair of Student Affairs Committee, The Historical Society 2000-2002; and member of Student Affairs Committee, The Historical Society, I 998-2002.