Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Clifton Hood, professor of history and the George E. Paulsen '49 Professor of American History and Government, recently conducted an external review of Niagara University's history department.
He examined the department's self-study, faculty curriculum vitas and syllabi. During a campus visit, he met with faculty, students and administrators, and then wrote a report assessing the department and making a series of recommendations about hiring, the history major, and alumni relations, among other issues.
"I've come back with a wider perspective about what other history departments do and what contexts they operate in, "says Hood, who has conducted two external reviews previously. "I think it's crucial professionally and intellectually to seek out new challenges and new opportunities to make a contribution."
Niagara University is a private coeducational institution in Lewiston, N.Y. Founded in 1856, it has more than 3,300 undergraduate students and nearly 880 graduate students. It offers degree programs in the arts and sciences, business and teaching, and hospitality and tourism. The history department at Niagara has nine faculty members.
Hood notes the department is considering hiring an urban historian, so his expertise as an urban historian was likely appealing in choosing a reviewer.
A member of the HWS faculty since 1992, Hood holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University, as well as a master's degree and doctorate from Columbia University. His main fields of study include elites, New York City, historical memory, and mass transit. Hood is the author of "722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York" and is currently completing his second book, "In Pursuit of Privilege: New York City's Upper Class and the Making of the City, since 1754." Courses taught regularly by Hood focus on American urban history, elites in America, U.S. environmental history and U.S. ethnicity and immigration. Hood served as a senior Fulbright Lecturer in Seoul National University in Korea. Hood has previously conducted two external departmental reviews.