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Awards and Honors

Brawley Award Recipients 2010

FACULTY (awarded annually to faculty member within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for recognition of well-rounded excellence of achievements).

Professor Joelle Neulander

In her seven years at The Citadel, Professor Neulander has repeatedly demonstrated that she is a superb teacher, a well-respected scholar, and a selfless colleague.

In the classroom, Professor Neulander is a versatile and imaginative teacher. She has taught a fifteen undergraduate and seven graduate courses. Indicative of her unending pursuit of excellence, she is never satisfied to leave a class as is. A case in point is the way she taught our “Introduction to the Discipline of History” course (Hist 203). This course has always been a notoriously difficult one to teach. It has bedeviled generations of our best teachers: it was perceived as so hard to do that it was commonly team-taught. Being incredibly resourceful, though, on her own, Joelle, entirely revamped the course. In her first year, she focused the course on African materials, making it our first course ever on colonialism in Africa. Not being entirely happy with the results and to take advantage of The Citadel’s archives, the next year, she changed gears and shifted its focus to the Citadel’s history instead. In addition to having her students do archival work, she also had her students present the results of their research to freshmen. That way she put them into the role of teachers. One could not hope for a more rounded learning experience. This design was so good that, even though she no longer teaches this course, her successors have retained the same format. Joelle is also a gifted classroom instructor. Her lectures are well-crafted, informative, and exciting. To make her points vivid, she often quotes from contemporary documents, shows them arresting or illuminating images from the period in question, and has students place themselves in the shoes of the people they are discussing. To make sure her students understand the points she is trying to convey, she speaks in a humorous, thoughtful, and down-to-earth manner.

In terms of scholarship, Professor Neulander has shown extraordinary productivity. Due to our heavy teaching load, in the past History professors rarely wrote books. If they did, they only did so during a sabbatical, which gave them the freedom to complete the project. In direct contrast, by the time she came up for tenure, Professor Neulander had already finished her book, Programming National Identity: The Culture of Radio in 1930s France. This work, which is a ground-breaking study that shows that radio was an important cultural tool, but one that the Socialist Popular Front government had a hard time utilizing, was just published this past year by a prestigious university press. Professor Neulander has now established herself as an authority on the cultural and social history of twentieth century France. Indicative of her efficiency, she has already made significant progress on her second book project, which is tentatively entitled Selling Fame: Celebrity, Gender and Popular Culture in Interwar France.” The quality of her work has already resulted in her being elected to important leadership positions in the two most important academic societies of her field: she is president-elect of the Society of French Historical Studies and the Secretary of the Western Society for French History.

One might expect that Professor Neulander would have little time for activities outside of the classroom and library, but nothing could be further from the truth. She is ever ready to lend a hand, brainstorm, or pitch in for the betterment of her department, university, or community. On committees, one could not ask for a better colleague. She never shies away from work and will efficiently and without complaint do whatever task she is given. What is more, she is forever coming up with better ways of doing things. It was Professor Neulander’s idea that our majors should have a capstone class in which they would pull together and employ all of the knowledge and methods they had learned in their ordinary courses. She has also used her technical expertise to aid both the History Department and various academic societies. Beginning in 2003, she became our webmaster and completely redesigned our website. She has also designed and maintains the websites of the Western Society for French History and the George Rudé Society. On top of all that, she is also the chief web editor of H-France.net, which is the premiere review organ for books in French history in the United States and one of the most important websites for historians of France the world over.

All the while, Professor Neulander tirelessly works on behalf of students as well. Her service to them has included serving as the faculty advisor to the History Club, Phi Alpha Theta, and The Citadel Jewish Student Union. Even more impressive though, have been her efforts to promote study abroad opportunities for our undergraduates. Joelle has been the prime architect and director of the History Department’s study abroad semester at Royal Holloway University in London. This is The Citadel’s only semester long study abroad program. What is truly amazing about it is that Professor Neulander has nearly single-handedly crafted this program and then sustained it for two years. Unlike other universities, The Citadel neither has a study abroad office, nor a longstanding tradition of institutionally supporting study abroad. Professor Neulander did not let this stop her; as a result, she set up the program with Royal Holloway and then did everything to make sure that it worked successfully. Her activities included recruiting students and working with them in the spring prior to their departure. During the summer, she coordinated their opening week in London (acting as quasi-travel agent – booking tickets, coordinating walking tours, reserving hotel rooms). She also worked with Royal Holloway to finalize the student registrations there. As the program administrator, she collected payments, worked with the registrar and financial aid to coordinate courses and scholarships, and coordinated work with the registrar at Royal Holloway. She also finalized transcripts for the students who participated. In fall 2007, she took fourteen students to London; in fall 2007, she sent seven. Thanks to her tireless efforts, twenty-one cadets have been able to have the transformative experience of studying abroad. Without her steadfast dedication, unflagging energy, and administrative acumen, none of this would have ever happened.

Professor Neulander is a tremendous asset to our profession, college and department—and a most worthy recipient of the inaugural Wallace W. Brawley, Jr. Award for Faculty Excellence in The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

STUDENT (awarded annually to rising senior within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for recognition of well-rounded excellence of achievements).

Cadet Samuel Patrick Keeler

A resident of Beaufort, South Carolina Cadet Keeler has cumulative grade point ratio of 3.7, is the place kicker on the varsity football team, a member of the Marine Corps PLC program, and the newly elected honor representative for 4th Battalion. He also serves on the  Football Leadership Council and has been active in the Citadel's Republican Society.  In his spare time he helps out with Crisis Ministries Homeless Soup Kitchen downtown and with Habitat for Humanity.  He has excelled in French in the past and is now studying Arabic.  He wants to get his Masters of Divinity at either Princeton University or University of Edinburgh.  After that he would like to become a chaplain in the military. Ultimately he would like to get a Ph.D.