Title: Retired History Professor
Company: University of South Carolina
Location: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Marcia Synnott, Retired History Professor at University of South Carolina, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.
Always interested in history, Dr. Synnott would read historical novels from a young age and watch historical films. Growing up in Concord, MA, a town positively full of history, also inspired in her a deep appreciation for that field of research as did her older brother Thomas, an academic who encouraged her to continue her efforts. She decided to professionally pursue her passion, earning a Bachelor of Arts in history from Radcliffe College, a Master of Arts in American civilization from Brown University and a Doctor of Philosophy in history from the University of Massachusetts, finishing her dissertation in 1974. She taught at MacDuffie School in Springfield, MA, from 1963 to 1968 before taking her talents to University of South Carolina, Columbia, in 1972. She remained at the institution for the remainder of her career and has held roles such as assistant professor, associate professor in 1979, full professor in 1997 and director of graduate studies of the history department before earning the title of emeritus professor of history.
Dr. Synnott loved her time at the University of South Carolina and remains grateful for her mentor Howard Quinn, who taught at the University of South Carolina until the late 1950s, was her dissertation adviser at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and recommended her for employment at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Synnott met her husband Willard Edwin Sharp during her time at the institution and the two have enjoyed a happy marriage, two children and two grandchildren. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Synnott has written “Student Diversity at The Big Three: Changes at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton since the 1920s,” has contributed articles to professional journals, writes book reviews, and still lectures in the field. As a testament to her success, Dr. Synnott has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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