Dr. Walter Kretchik


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College Outstanding Faculty Award Winner -- Golden Apple Outstanding Teaching Award Winner


Prof Kretchik

 Dr. Walter Kretchik   joined the Department in the fall of 2003 as our specialist in   U.S. and Transnational Military and Foreign Relations History.   His regular  course offerings  include the Department's U.S. Military History course [History 304], an upper-division course on US Foreign Relations Since 1898 [History 307], and the U.S. survey [History 106]. He also teaches  graduate seminars on modern U.S. history and American military and diplomatic history [History 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, and 515].

Prof. Kretchik's   research   interests include United States government, United Nations, and NATO interventions from 1898 to the present from a military and foreign relations perspective. His major works include books on the evolution of U.S. Army doctrine since 1775, U.S. interventions into Haiti and Bosnia, as well as numerous articles on similar themes.

Dr. Kretchik has won numerous teaching and research awards and grants, including the WIU "Golden Apple Award" for Outstanding Teaching and the Military Instructor of the Year Award for Teaching Excellence from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has been the recipient of a WIU University Research Council Grant, the WIU College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Faculty Award for Internationalizing the Campus, and a WIU Foundation Faculty Summer Research Stipend. He has also won substantial research grants from the United States Institute for Peace and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

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