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Prof. Stephanie Mitchell named new Valor Distinguished Professor

By Office of the Provost

April 27, 2021

Professor Stephanie MitchellProfessor Stephanie MitchellStephanie Mitchell, professor of history, was named the new Valor Distinguished Professor. President John Swallow made the announcement during the full-faculty meeting on April 14.

“Prof. Mitchell is a highly-respected member of the faculty who advocates for the highest quality teaching and learning,” says Provost David Timmerman. “Through her work as a history professor, on committees, grant work, and her participation in campus-wide initiatives, she raises the bar for student learning and the student experience at Carthage.”

The Valor Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities, endowed by Lorraine Sinkler and Valborg Crossland, is given to those “dedicated to the teaching of history, literature, religion, and philosophy, subjects which fall under the Division of Humanities at Carthage.” Prof. Mitchell was selected for the professorship, previously given to Professor Emeritus Thomas Noer, due to her dedication to developing her students both intellectually and spiritually and to her contributions in her field of study.

“It is a great privilege and honor to succeed Prof. Emeritus Thomas Noer as the new Valor Distinguished Professor,” says Prof. Mitchell. “Prof. Noer’s many publications on U.S. and South African history have inspired our department to strive for excellence in the past. I hope to offer the best of myself to our college in scholarship, teaching, and service to follow in his footsteps.”

Prof. Mitchell joined the Carthage faculty in 2002. Her teaching and scholarly research focus on Latin American history and women’s history, and she has led study abroad experiences in Guatemala and England. Being an advocate for undergraduate research, she also regularly teaches senior thesis seminars.

Throughout her time at Carthage, Prof. Mitchell helped develop many new interdisciplinary courses and the Carthage College Oxford Study Abroad Program.

In 2018, she co-directed Women’s Suffrage in the Americas, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. “The Women’s Revolution, Mexico 1917-1943,” Prof. Mitchell’s co-edited volume, was published in 2007, and her new book, “Women’s Suffrage in the Americas” is currently being written.

Congratulations to Prof. Mitchell!