Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award Winner

Tim Shannon, Chair and Professor of History

This academic year’s recipient of the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award is Tim Shannon, who holds the position of Department Chair and Professor of History.  Tim Shannon stands out for his conscientious and highly effective teaching, while maintaining an active research agenda and providing significant service to the college.

Professor Shannon teaches Early American, Native American, and British history. His most recent books are The Seven Years’ War in North America: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford, 2014), and with David N. Gellman, American Odysseys: A History of Colonial North America (Oxford, 2014).   His book Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754 (Cornell, 2000) won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars. His articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, the New England Quarterly, and Ethnohistory.  His work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Huntington Library.  Professor Shannon is currently working on a biography of eighteenth-century Indian captive Peter Williamson.

Professor Shannon’s students consistently rate him as an excellent instructor, a thoughtful and yet intellectually demanding professor.  His commitment to student learning also extends outside the classroom through advising, serving as the faculty director for individualized summer internships, and offering an independent study course. 

Professor Tim Shannon exemplifies the qualities we seek in our faculty.  Because he is an exceptional teacher, scholar as well as leader within the college community, he richly deserved this recognition.