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Dr. Ginny Boynton Appointed History Dept. Chair

Jan 8, 2009

Longtime Western Illinois University History professor Dr. Virginia "Ginny" Boynton has been named Chair of the WIU Department of History, effective January 1, 2009. Dr. Boynton has performed in the role on an interim basis since January 2008.

"I am very glad to be able to announce Ginny's appointment as the permanent chair of history department," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Inessa Levi. "Ginny works tirelessly on behalf the faculty and students of the department and continues to support and enhance academic excellence in her department and throughout the College. Her research and scholarship as well as participation on many important departmental, College, and universitywide committees have given her a unique background ideally suited to this new role."

Prof. Boynton joined Western's faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1995 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. In 2004 she won the Illinois State Historical Society's Pratt Award for outstanding scholarship in Illinois History. She is currently researching women's involvement, through the Illinois Women's Committee, in the state's government-sponsored war effort during World War I. She has a number of articles, book reviews and essays in a variety of publications; and she is a frequent presenter at academic conferences as well as for campus and community groups.

Dr. Boynton received her Ph.D. (1995) and master's degree (1990) in History from The Ohio State University; she also holds the Master of Social Work degree (1979) with a concentration in social policy and planning and the Bachelor of General Studies (1978) degree from the University of Michigan.

She served as Chair of the History Department's Personnel Committee for many years, as faculty coordinator for numerous search committees in the Department, and chaired the department's undergraduate curriculum committee. She has also held university-wide posts, including Faculty Senator, Chair of the CAS Faculty Council, and Vice Chair of the University Council on General Education. She has represented the History Department on the University Teacher Education Committee for more than ten years. Most recently she has undertaken the management of the Department's web site.

"I am, of course, deeply honored to have been chosen by the History Department faculty and by Dean Inessa Levi to serve as the Department Chair for the Department of History," said Prof. Boynton. "I am fortunate that I will be leading a dedicated and effective group of faculty members, who repeatedly demonstrate the strength of their commitment to our students through their outstanding teaching and mentoring. In addition, the superb and award-winning historical scholarship being produced by my colleagues in the Department as well as their involvement in all levels of service to the University indicate their commitment to strengthening Western Illinois University and to enriching the field of history. I look forward to leading our Department as we further strengthen our curricular offerings, student programming, and professional contributions."

[news release courtesy of Jeff Dodd, WIU College of Arts & Sciences]

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