Title: Regents Professor of History, Research Fellow
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Margaret Connell-Szasz, Regents Professor of History, Research Fellow, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.
Dr. Connell-Szasz demonstrates proficiency in all aspects of her profession and cites that her pathway to teaching history was illuminated by her parents, who instilled in her a passion for the field. With this in mind, she pursued the field in her own academic studies, earning a Master of Arts from the University of Washington in 1968 and a PhD from The University of New Mexico in 1972. She later joined her alma mater, UNM, in 1989, first in the Snead Wertheim Endowed Lectureship role, then as a professor in 1994, and later, in 2012, as the College of Arts and Sciences Regents Professor of History. In addition to these roles, she has served as a Regents Professor of History and Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen since 2003. She has previously served as a seminar fellow at the McNickle Center at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
In her career, Dr. Connell-Szasz has focused on Western and Native American history. Her expertise in these areas has resulted in serving on the panel of judges for the Native American Public Telecommunications documentary proposals and receiving the Spencer Foundation Grant, the William Shoemaker Endowment in History Grant and as president of the Western History Association. She has written extensively in these areas as well, publishing such works as “Education and the American Indian: The Road to Self-Determination Since 1928,” “Indian Education in the American Colonies,” “Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans: Indigenous Education in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World” and “Between Indian and White Worlds: The Cultural Broker.” Throughout her career, Dr. Connell-Szasz has maintained professional affiliation with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the American Society of Ethnohistory, the Organization of American Historians and the Western History Association.
Dr. Connell-Szasz has been distinguished for her work on many occasions with awards and accolades. She cites the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award she received from the University of New Mexico from 2008 to 2009 to be one of the most important in her career. Furthermore, she has received an American Indian History Appreciation Award from the Western History Association in 2000, a research fellowship from the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and an honorary fellowship from the University of Exeter. The US Department of Education recognized her as a scholar on the Task Force on Indian Nations at Risk.
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