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Provost's Award Recognizes William Cohen
For Excellence in Teaching

Posted January 8, 2001

HOLLAND -- Dr. William Cohen, professor of history at Hope College, has been named recipient of the college's "Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching."

The award was announced during the college's annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, held on Monday, Jan. 8.

Cohen has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1971. He has served two terms as chair of the department of history.

In an interview for a feature in the college's "Catalog," he explained that he values the opportunity to teach his discipline not only for its own sake, but for the broader skills that studying history builds. "I teach history because it's a way of teaching students how to think critically; how to ask questions; how to challenge the world they live in," he said.

In addition to his teaching, he also advises Hope students interested in applying for prestigious, highly- competitive Marshall and Rhodes scholarships for graduate study. Under his guidance, three Hope students have received the awards since 1990.

Cohen's scholarship has included the topics of slavery and post-Civil War black mobility. In 1993, he received the Southern Historical Association's Francis Butler Simkins Award for his book "At Freedom's Edge: Black Mobility and the Southern White Quest for Racial Control, 1861-1915." He has also written numerous articles and book reviews for scholarly publications, and has made a number of presentations at professional meetings.

Prior to coming to Hope, he was a research associate with the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Chicago for three years. He had also been a lecturer in history at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Cohen holds his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, his master's from Columbia University and his doctorate from New York University.

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