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Citadel News Service
9 May 2009

Seniors pick Sinisi for Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award

More Class of 2009 commencement news

The Class of 2009 has selected History professor Kyle S. Sinisi as the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award winner. Sinisi received the award during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement May 9, 2009 in McAlister Field House.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa (left) and History Professor Kyle Sinisi, recipient of the 2009 James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award.

The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award is for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students. The award was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.

“Professor Sinisi’s outstanding leadership and service to The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets extends beyond the classroom,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. “As faculty advisor to the cadet Honor Committee, he works tirelessly with cadets to ensure that the letter and spirit of the Honor Code is adhered to and that our cadets develop the skills necessary to serve as leaders of honor in the Corps of Cadets.”

Sinisi, who received the Grimsley award in 2006 as well, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1984 with a bachelor’s in history. Following four years of active duty service in the United States Army, he attended Kansas State University where he earned both a master’s and his doctorate. Before coming to The Citadel in 1994, Sinisi taught for a year at Georgia Southern University.

Sinisi has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate level, including Western Civilization, Revolutionary America, the Early Republic, Patterns of Warfare and the Civil War in Film. His graduate courses have emphasized the Civil War, Gilded Age, and Historiography. He specializes in the study of the government and military of the Civil War era. Sinisi is author of “Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism, 1861-1880” and a co-editor of “Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century.” He is currently at work on a book-length manuscript that examines Sterling Price's Confederate invasion of Missouri in 1864.

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