Dr. Mark Boulton Named 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient

Department of History Chair Dr. Mark Boulton recently visited his home in Wales with his partner, Associate Dean of Faculty Dr. Cinnamon Brown, and their three-year-old son, Evan.

Westminster College proudly announced on Aug. 19 that Dr. Mark Boulton is the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. Boulton serves as chair of the Department of History and is the Harry S. Truman Fellow at the College.

Dr. David Roebuck, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, says Boulton received the award because of his outstanding service to the institution as a whole and for his tireless commitment to students.

“Mark is a wonderful teacher who is passionate about history, and that passion in turn helps students love it as well,” Roebuck explains. “He also is very involved in the life of the campus and is an active and productive scholar.”

Boulton is noted for traveling with students to Vietnam in May 2018 to commemorate the lives of Westminster veterans who died in battle. Additionally, Boulton is in the process of raising funds for a campus memorial for Westminster veterans who lost their lives in service to the country. He joined the faculty at Westminster in 2012.

“Working with our veteran community has been a highlight of my time at Westminster,” Boulton says. “Those who served represent the very best of what this college does, and they are, without exception, always willing to talk to my students and share their experience.”

The Welsh native adds that he is thrilled to receive the award. “To receive this recognition is incredibly humbling. I’ve taught at three other institutions, and none of them come even close in providing the quality of instruction I see from my colleagues at Westminster,” he reflects.

Boulton earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2005. He received an M.A. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg in 1997 and a B.A. in history and American studies from the University of Wales in Swansea in 1995. He is the author of Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation, which was published in 2014 by NYU Press.

In his free time, Boulton plays with his son, watches Liverpool football and Welsh rugby games, plays pool, dabbles in painting and writes screenplays.

But Boulton says his favorite pastimes pale in comparison to his responsibilities at the College. “I don’t think you can ever stand still in this profession,” he explains. “So even though this award comes with a lovely certificate, I probably won’t put it on my wall … I might send it to my mother — she’ll be chuffed!”

The Excellence in Teaching Award is given to one Westminster faculty member annually after a voting process and recommendation by the Faculty Personnel Committee.




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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.