New dean of the School of Education, Social Sciences, and The Arts named

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Dr. Timothy H. Baughman, a historian by training, is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's new dean of the School of Education, Social Sciences, and The Arts. Dr. Charles Williams, vice president of academic affairs, announced the appointment earlier this month.

    Baughman (pronounced BOCK-man) comes to UMES from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, where he was a faculty member for almost 11 years.

    He was a professor in UCO's Department of History and Geography for the past seven years. Between 2000 and 2004, he was dean of the university's College of Liberal Arts, where he also taught a class each semester.

    From 1990 to 2000, Baughman was a professor and served as history department chairman at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He also taught at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., in the mid-1980s.

    Baughman earned a bachelor's degree in history from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. His master's degree in European history is from The Ohio State University and his doctorate in British history is from The Florida State University.

    Before settling on a career in higher education, he worked for John Wiley & Sons, a publishing company, and CBS, Inc.

    Baughman has organized nearly two dozen work-study tours to Europe for students and has traveled to and written extensively about Antarctica.

    His interest in the polar regions began when Ian M. Whillans, the late glaciologist, invited Baughman to join an expedition to Antarctica as his token humanist. Lonnie Thompson, recognized as one of the foremost scientists of climate studies, also was a member of that expedition.

    Subsequently, Baughman has written extensively about polar history. Among his publications:

    • Before the Heroes Came:  Antarctica in the 1890s (University of Nebraska Press, 1994).
    • Ice:  The Antarctic Diary of Charles F. Passel (Texas Tech University Press, 1995).
    • Pilgrims on the Ice:  Robert Falcon Scott's First Antarctic Expedition (University of Nebraska Press, 1999).
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    He has also published a popular short biography, Shackleton of the Antarctic. He currently is working on an account of U.S. involvement in Antarctica since 1948.

    Baughman has lectured widely on his research interests, not only for their impact on polar history, but also on how historical and polar figures demonstrate leadership lessons for the business world.

    He lectures on expedition cruise ships that travel to both polar regions and throughout Europe. The Explorer's Club in New York, the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls have invited him to speak, and he's presented a lecture series in the Black Sea, the Baltic and Antarctica.

    Baughman's first day at UMES was April 6

    Biographical information was drawn from Dr. Baughman's personal website.