Maddox receives James A. Grimsley Award for undergraduate teaching excellence
The Class of 2016 named assistant professor of history, Melanie Maddox, Ph.D., as the recipient of the James A. Grimsley, Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award for the 2015-16 academic year. The recipient of this award is chosen by the senior class from among permanent faculty members nominated by cadets, students, faculty and department heads. The cadets chose the professor who has meant the most to them during their undergraduate careers.
Maddox earned her Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and her two bachelor's from University of California, Riverside. Maddox is a specialist in the history of early medieval Ireland and Britain, and has published several articles in academic journals in the field.
Her research focuses on Anglo-Saxon and Irish ecclesiastics' understanding of what a civitas was and how they used the Latin term along with their vernacular languages. She also specializes in the relationships between monasteries and secular authorities, as well as women and their use of secular authority.
Maddox is known on campus for her enthusiasm, energy and innovative teaching methods. She encourages students to take advantage of events on campus by attending evening lectures by visiting scholars.
Maddox received the honor from Major General William F. Grimsley, USA (Retired), who was representing the Grimsley family. The award was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, USA (Retired), who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989.