WaddyNL

Waddy, Nicholas L

Email: WaddyNL@alfredstate.edu
Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office Location:Hunter Student Development Center
Office Phone: 607-587-4289

Education

Terminal Degree: Ph.D., History, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., received May 2001.Dissertation: “The Growing Divide: British and South African Parliamentary Attitudes to Racial Policy, 1945-1948.” Advisor: Prof. Stewart Weaver. Annual Fellowship in the Ph.D. program (1998-2000), Salomone Prize, Elwitt Memorial Prize. Coursework in European History (Modern, Early Modern and Medieval), African History (especially Southern Africa, Colonial and post-Colonial), World History, Politics/Political Theory.


Teaching Overview

Teaching Experience:

  • Fall 2002-Present, Alfred State College: Successfully taught 5 classes, including Western Civilization Since 1648, International Relations, Africa and the West, Cross-Cultural Encounters, and Minority Cultures. Normal teaching load has been 2-3 preparations and 5 classes per semester (there are usually 30+ students per class). The student population includes many ethnic minority students, international students, and non-traditional students. I have continuously refined my teaching methodologies, including increasing my use of active learning, discussion, and group work to involve students more vigorously in the learning process.
  • Alfred State College: In Spring 2005 I taught a new course, of my own design, “Africa and the West,” which covers many aspects of the historical, political, military, diplomatic, social/cultural and economic relationship between Sub-Saharan Africa and the West from 1500-present.
  • Alfred State College: Achieved excellent student opinions of my teaching abilities, as well as improvement in my scores.
  • Alfred State College: Brought several guest speakers to my classes, including arranging a college-wide Minority Issues Lecture Series for Fall 2003.
  • Alfred State College: Continuously refined my teaching methodology, including increasing my use of active learning, discussion, and group work to involve students more vigorously in the learning process. All classes stress critical thinking, writing, class participation, and online learning as important skills, in addition to fostering the acquisition of content knowledge. My classes also employ a mixture of lecture, discussion, student presentations, guest speakers, video presentations, and online exercises to maintain students’ engagement in the course.
  • Spring 2009: I taught an independent study course on “The Bahamas in World History.”
  • Spring 2005: I taught for the first time a new course of my own design called “Africa and the West,” which covers many aspects of the political, military, diplomatic, social/cultural, and economic relationship between Sub-Saharan Africa and the West from 1500 to the present.
  • Spring 2004: Trained in the use of “Blackboard.”
  • Fall 2003: Arranged a college-wide Minority Issues Lecture Series.
  • Fall 1999,University of Rochester: After an extensive training program, including a 5-credit Pedagogy course and a teaching practicum, taught two sections of the Freshman Writing Course.
  • Fall 1998, University of Rochester: Teaching assistant/discussion leader for Professor Celia Applegate.

Research

See Publications and Events.


Publications and Events

Writing, Research and Professional Growth:

  • Engagement in an ongoing program of scholarly research and writing. Articles/books recently submitted/published include:
  • May 2010: Published “The Fork in the Road? British Reactions to the Election of An Apartheid Government in South Africa, May 1948" in Historia: The Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa.
  • Published a revised and updated version of my dissertation in 2009 with Verlag Dr. Miller. The book is entitled The Dawning of Apartheid: Debating Racial Policy in the British and South African Parliaments, 1945-1948.
  • Custom published a preliminary edition of my textbook, the Essential Guide to Western Civilization, with Pearson in 2008. The official version is scheduled for publication in December 2011.
  • “Certain Destiny: the Presentist Obsession with ‘Apartheid’ in South African History,” published in Historia, Vol. 49, no. 2, in November 2004.
  • “Affirmative Action versus Non-Racialism in the New South Africa,” published in Fall 2004 in African Issues, issued by the African Studies Association. In 2007, this article was translated and republished in the Italian book, La societa di tutti.
  • “Restoration By Stages: The Debate over the House of Lords During the Reign of Richard Cromwell, 1658-1659,” published in Parliaments, Estates and Representation, Volume 24, November 2004.
  • September 2010-August 2011: Received a sabbatical from Alfred State College to facilitate the completion of my Western Civilization textbook.
  • 2005-present: Wrote and extensively revised a two-volume Western Civilization textbook for Pearson.
  • Chaired a panel at the annual conference of the New York State Association of European Historians.
  • June 2010: Submitted an application for a Fulbright Scholarship to support an oral history research project in Durban, South Africa in 2011-2012.
  • July 2009: Served as the external examiner at a Master’s Thesis Defense at the University of Rochester.
  • July 2009: Submitted an application for a Fulbright Scholarship to support an oral history research project in Durban, South Africa in 2010-2011.
  • May 2009: Submitted a proposal for a paper to be presented at the annual conference of the International Studies Association in New Orleans in February 2010. Proposal was accepted, but I could not attend due to financial constraints.
  • September 2007: Chaired a panel at the annual conference of the New York State Association of European Historians. I served on the Executive Committee of the organization from 2005-2008.
  • September 2006: Chaired a panel at the annual conference of the New York State Association of European Historians.
  • April 2006: Signed a contract with FOLIO Literary Agency to represent me and my historical novel, set in 18th century India, entitled Jewel of the East.
  • December 2005: Signed a contract with Longman Publishers (which subsequently merged with Pearson) to write a two-volume survey text entitled, The Essential Guide to Western Civilization. In the fall of 2006, I received a one-course teaching load reduction to facilitate work on the textbook. Publication of the final version of the textbook is scheduled for December 2011.
  • November 2005: Chaired a panel and presented a paper at the annual conference of the African Studies Association in Washington, D.C. The paper was entitled, “The Fork in the Road? British Reactions to the Election of an Apartheid Government in South Africa, May 1948.”
  • October 2005: Attended annual conference of the New York State Association of European Historians.
  • 2005: Nominted by Alfred State College to attend an annual dinner hosted by the SUNY Research Foundation.
  • January 2005: Reviewed a Western Civilization text for Longman Publishers.
  • October 2004: Presented a paper at the conference of the New York State Association of European Historians in Rochester, New York on the topic of the debate over the restoration of the House of Lords in 1658-1659.
  • 2004: My short story set in contemporary Iraq, entitled “Iraqi Freedom: A Mystery,” was submitted to several literary journals for their consideration.
  • Visited Europe, May/June 2004, and completed successful archival research at the National Archives in London and at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre in Manchester.
  • September 2003: Presented a paper at the conference of the New York State Association of European Historians, held in Oswego, New York.
  • October 2002: Served as a colloquium participant at the conference of the Society for Empirical Ethics, held in Cazenovia, New York.
  • Fall 2002: Published a letter to the editor in the Natal Witness in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
  • Researched, wrote, and revised a dissertation, completed in 2001, entitled, “The Growing Divide: British and South African Parliamentary Attitudes to Racial Policy, 1945-1948.”
  • Dec. 2000-Jan. 2001: Completed a research trip to Great Britain and South Africa.
  • May 2001: Published an opinion piece on the Kosovo conflict in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  • 1999: Helped edit Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe by Professor Richard Kaeuper at the University of Rochester.
  • 1998-2006: Wrote a novel, entitled Jewel of the East, set in 18th-century India.
  • 1998: Wrote and Presented Second-Year Paper at the University of Rochester entitled, “Restoration by Stages: The Debate over the House of Lords during the Reign of Richard Cromwell, 1658-1659.”

Service

College Service and Community Involvement:

  • Fall 2002-present: Participated fully in departmental activities, Professional Development activities, search committees, assessment, and student advisement.
  • August 2009: Gave a talk in the “Smooth Transitions” series at Alfred State College. The talk concerned how high school teachers can better prepare their students for college-level history classes.
  • Fall 2008: Agreed to serve as Faculty Advisor to the “Alfred Medieval Club.”
  • Fall 2008: As Chairman of the Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee, prepared letters in support of two candidates for promotion to the rank of Professor.
  • Fall 2008: Wrote several election-related articles for the Tor Echo at Alfred State College.
  • Spring 2008: Chaired departmental workload committee.
  • 2007-2008: Chairman of the Symposium Committee.
  • Spring 2007: Membership in an Ad Hoc Committee studying the Mission and Vision of SUNY’s Colleges of Technology.
  • February 2006: Served as editor of the department’s newsletter, The Social Register.
  • 2003-2006: Served as a Faculty Senator. I also served on the Academic Affairs Committee.
  • Fall 2003: I offered a Minority Issues Lecture Series.
  • Past leadership role in Rochester Young Professionals, which provides social, networking and volunteering opportunities to young people in the Greater Rochester area.
  • 2003-present: Service as a co-advisor to the Alfred State Political Alignment,a student club seeking to foster political awareness and debate.

Other Information

Summary List of Publications:

  • “The Fork in the Road? British Reactions to the Election of An Apartheid Government in South Africa, May 1948.” Historia: The Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa 55/1 (2010).
  • The Dawning of Apartheid: Debating Racial Policy in the British and South African Parliaments, 1945-1948. Saarbrucken, Germany: Verlag Dr Muller, 2009.
  • The Essential Guide to Western Civilization: Preliminary Edition. Vol. II. New York: Pearson Custom Publishing. 2008.
  • “Certain Destiny: the Presentist Obsession with ‘Apartheid’ in South African History.” Historia: The Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa 49/2 (2004): 59-77.
  • Affirmative Action versus Non-Racialism in the New South Africa.” African Issues 23 (2004): 1-8. Republished in Pompeo, Francesco, ed. La societa di tutti: multiculturalismo e politiche dell’identita. Rome, Meltemi, 2007.
  • “Restoration by Stages: The Debate over the House of Lords During the Reign of Richard Cromwell, 1658-1659.” Parliaments, Estates and Representation 24 (2004): 173-191.