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Historian David Hsiung Named Dana Professor

(Posted September 8, 2003)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- David Hsiung, professor of history at Juniata College, was named Charles A. Dana Professor of History at the Juniata College fall faculty meeting held Friday, Aug. 22.


Hsiung is one of five Dana-supported professors at Juniata. The Charles A. Dana Foundation specifies that the recipient of the supported professorships be a faculty member of outstanding teaching ability and scholarly attributes.

?David Hsiung epitomizes what Juniata faculty aspire to,? says Juniata College President Thomas R. Kepple. ?He is caring, a great teacher, and deeply involved in the community. He readily serves as a mentor for other faculty and goes out of his way to give back to the college and the community.?

Hsiung joined the Juniata faculty in 1991 as assistant professor of history. In 1997 the college awarded him the W. Newton and Hazel A. Long Chair in History. He received Juniata College's 1995 Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and to full professor in 2001. In 2000, he was named Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

He earned a bachelor?s degree in history from Yale University in 1983 and went on to earn a master?s degree in 1985 and a doctorate in history in 1991, both from the University of Michigan.

Hsiung teaches a wide variety of courses at Juniata, including U.S. history survey courses and courses on environmental history, the history of 20th century wars, the American West and the history of civil rights protest songs.

The Appalachian Studies Association and the University Press of Kentucky jointed conferred the 1996 Appalachian Studies Award to his book, ?Two Worlds in the Tennessee Mountains: Exploring the Origins of Appalachian Stereotypes,? which was published in 1997.

The Charles A. Dana Foundation donated funds to support five professorships at Juniata College. Three other colleges in Pennsylvania hold Dana professorships: Dickinson College, Franklin and Marshall College and Lafayette College. The other Juniata professors supported by the Dana Foundation are: David Drews, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology; Sue Esch, Charles A. Dana Professor of Mathematics; Mark Hochberg, Charles A. Dana Professor of English; and Paul Schettler, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.