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History professor earns recognition for promoting strong research fundamentals

History professor earns recognition for promoting strong research fundamentals

Pictured from left to right: Howard Berthold, Ph.D., retired professor of psychology; Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; and Philip Sprunger, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.

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Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Lycoming College received the Howard C. Berthold Faculty Research and Information Competencies award for 2016 during a presentation on April 19 in the college’s Snowden Library.

Through collaboration with library faculty, Pearl’s students benefit from assignments that progressively develop their ability to navigate library resources including online databases, reference materials, the historical collection, and the general collection. He also encourages students to partner with library faculty to guide them with individualized help. As students progress from first year to more advanced studies, his research requirements become more sophisticated, emphasizing the importance of primary and secondary source research, analysis and critical thinking.

Pearl’s involvement with programs at historical organizations like George Washington's Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, The Philosophical Society, and the David Library of the American Revolution provides his students with research opportunities. Pearl is also involved in the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and submits original student research proposals for the society's annual national conference.

Christopher Pearl earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College, his master’s from SUNY Brockport and his Ph.D. from Binghamton University. His research and teaching interests center upon the political, religious, social and legal history of America to 1877. He has published articles in a number of history journals and is currently working on his first book, “Forged in Crisis: The American Revolution and the Rise of a Commonwealth, 1740-1790.” He has earned numerous awards, grants and fellowships over the course of his teaching career.

The annual award is named for Howard C. Berthold, Ph.D., retired professor of psychology in recognition of his long-standing service as chair of the Faculty Library Advisory Committee. The award recognizes a Lycoming College faculty member who actively supports student research by designing assignments that progressively develop strong research skills, participating in workshops and training sessions, collaborating with librarians, and contributing to the improvement of teaching research skills among professionals.

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