Tyler Boulware, assistant professor in the department of history at West Virginia University, studies and teaches Colonial American history and is well-known for the variety of perspectives he presents students as they try to understand America’s evolution as a nation.
Boulware has been named the 2010 James and Arthur Gabriel/Gabriel Brothers Inc. Faculty Award recipient, which encourages, supports and rewards faculty endeavors in teaching that focus on America and American society and culture.
The award was established by WVU alumni James and Arthur Gabriel, founding partners of Gabriel Brothers Inc., the Morgantown-based discount clothing business. Recipients receive $1,000 for use in support of their activities as faculty members.
Boulware teaches a wide range of classes in early American, Native American and 18th century Appalachian frontier history, and encourages students to see how these scholarly fields are inseparable. Students learn that while older, more popular views of the frontier have much to offer our understanding of the past, these interpretations also dismiss or ignore other contributing factors of American development, like Native Americans.
His commitment to the study of American society and culture goes beyond the history classroom. Since joining WVU in 2006, Boulware has been highly involved in the Native American studies program, serving as a core committee member and participating in campus events and lecture series.
He has also been active teaching American history to the Morgantown community through workshops and Appalachian lifelong learning classes through the Center on Aging.
Boulware earned a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College in 1997, a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 2000, and a doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina in 2005.
He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Native American history. His forthcoming book, “Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation: Town, Region and Nation Among Eighteenth-Century Cherokees,” will appear next spring from the University Press of Florida.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, chair of the department of history, at 304-293-2421 ext. 5239 or Elizabeth.Fones-Wolf@mail.wvu.edu.
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