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Press Release for Monday, June 13, 2005

Professor Awarded Inaugural Presidential Professorship

Contact: Joanna Norris

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102

Dr. David Courtwright, a history professor at the University of North Florida, has been awarded $7,500 as the first recipient of the John A. Delaney Endowed Presidential Professorship, which was designed to enhance faculty research productivity. Financial support for this award was provided by Joan Wellhouse Newton and her sons, Martin E. Stein Jr., Richard W. Stein and Robert L. Stein.


A UNF faculty member since 1988, Courtwright has authored or coauthored six books, including the prize-winning Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World and his most recent book Sky as Frontier: Aviation, Adventure and Empire. He plans to use the funds for researching a book on America's moral revolution and the origins of the culture war.


"Dr. Courtwright is known around the world as an expert on many topics," said UNF President John A. Delaney. "We're fortunate to have him here on campus."


Courtwright has a Ph.D. from Rice University and was a Mellon visiting faculty fellow at Yale University. Before coming to UNF, he taught at the University of Hartford. Courtwright has received numerous honors including, UNF's Distinguished Professor, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship and Students' Choice Teaching Award. He has also been awarded fellowships in the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.


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