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Dr. Paul Vincent Receives 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award

KEENE, N.H. 8/8/08 - Dr. Paul Vincent, professor of Holocaust Studies, received the 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Keene State College Alumni Association at the New Student Convocation ceremony on August 24.

For 37 years, the Distinguished Teacher Award has been presented to a faculty member of extraordinary professionalism and dedication. The award is based on four criteria: excellence in the classroom, encouragement of independent thinking, rapport with students both in and out of the classroom, and effective student advising.

Colleagues and students who nominated Dr. Vincent describe him as a “master teacher” both in the classroom and through his work with the Biennial Holocaust Studies Summer Institute at the College, where teachers from the region and internationally come to learn about how to incorporate Holocaust studies into their courses. “Professor Vincent believes that students have the power to make a difference in the world,” one of his students wrote in support of his nomination.

Dr. Vincent has taught at Keene State since 1985, when he arrived as director of the Mason Library. He served as director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies from 1998-2007.

He received a B.S. in political science from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts in history from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Arts in library science from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

As coordinator of the Holocaust studies minor program, which includes genocide studies, he advises all students who select the minor. In 2007, he was awarded a Pinchas and Mark Wisen Fellowship to pursue a research project, “The United States and the Crisis of Nazi Racial Policy, 1938-1941,” during a five-month residency at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Vincent is the author of two books: The Politics of Hunger: The Blockade of Germany, 1915-1919 and A Historical Dictionary of Germany’s Weimar Republic, 1918-1933.

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