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Columbia College professor receives historical society distinguished teaching award
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Professor Brad D. Lookingbill, Ph.D., has been awarded the Eugene Asher Distinguished teaching prize through the American Historical Association. The Excellence in Teaching award was established in 1986, and is awarded to a history teacher at two- and four-year institutions as well as master’s granting institutions. This recognition also includes a $1,000 cash award.

“Dr. Lookingbill is most deserving of this national recognition,” said Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs. “He is not only Columbia College’s most prolific young scholar, but he is also consistently rated by students as one of our very best teachers. He receives accolades in general education classes as well as classes for history majors.”

Lookingbill was nominated by Michael Polley, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Columbia College. “Professor Lookingbill is one of the most student-oriented professors I have encountered in my 37 years in higher education,” Polley said. “His rigorous standards, unique sense of humor, and devotion to the craft of history inspire both his students and his faculty colleagues.”

“It has always been a privilege to teach students about my area of interest and expertise,” Lookingbill said. “It is such an honor to receive recognition for doing something I love.”

Lookingbill will be honored at the General Meeting of the American Historical Association. The annual meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

Lookingbill teaches history at Columbia College and has written two books: Dust Bowl, USA: Depression America and the Ecological Imagination, 1929-1941 (Ohio University Press, 2001) and War Dance at Fort Marion: Plains Indian War Prisoners (University of Oklahoma Press, 2006). Lookingbill has also written for multiple scholarly journals including American Indian Quarterly and Reviews in American History. He has received multiple awards, including the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002 and the Columbia College Trustee’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007. In 2003 he was selected as a Frederick W. Beinecke Fellow in Western Americana at Yale University.

Lookingbill holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of Toledo. He joined the Columbia College faculty in 1996.

Lookingbill lives in Columbia, Mo., with his wife, Deidra and a son, Augustus.

Columbia College, a private, regionally accredited, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 27,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit