Wesley Dick

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Professor
U. S. History

Office: Robinson Hall 213
Phone: 517/629-0348
Email:

 

Education

  • Whitman College, B.A., history (1961)
  • University of Washington, M.A., history (1965)
  • University of Washington, Ph.D., history 1973

Teaching Experience:

  • University of Washington, 1961-1968
  • Albion College, 1968-Present

COURSES TAUGHT IN RECENT PAST
  • American Dreams & Realities
  • A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream
  • U.S. History Since 1877
  • America in Crisis: Great Depression, World War II, & Cold War
  • 1960s
  • Environmental History

ACADEMIC AWARDS
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Ford Foundation Cooperative Teaching Fellowship (1960-2)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowships
  • (1973) (1977) (1984) (1988)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship (1998)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange Environmental Program, China (1999)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Summer Seminar Fellowships (1978) (1979) (1980)
  • American Historical Association/American Political Science Association Fellowship (1983)
  • Albion College Students’ Choice Award (1997)
  • Albion College Arthur Anderson Teacher of the Year Award (1997)
  • Albion College Richard Baird Excellence in Teaching Award (2000)
  • Designer of National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Grant for Interdisciplinary
  • study of the community of Albion, Michigan—awarded for 2003-2004; renewed for 2004-2005.
  • Director, (NCUR)/Lancy Initiative Grant (2003-2005)

COMMUNITY & SERVICE AWARDS
  • Albion College Black Student Alliance Kwanzaa Committee Community Contribution Award (2011)
  • Inductee, Albion Multicultural Hall of Fame (2009)
  • NAACP Community Service Award for contributions to the goal of “equality and justice for all by
  • precept and example” (1988)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award for “commitment to making Dr. King’s Dream a reality”
  • (Albion Kwanzaa Youth Group) (1997)
  • Recognition “for commitment to the youth of Albion” by Albion Minority Program Services (1997)
  • Faculty Award: Michigan Campus Compact “in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Community
  • Service Learning at Albion College” (2003)
  • NAACP President’s Award in recognition of “outstanding service and commitment to Human and Civil
  • Rights” (2004)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • 2013: “America in Search of its Conscience: History & Hope,” presentation for the Albion
  • community sponsored by the Albion Historical Society on participation in the 50th Anniversary
  • Commemoration of the March on Washington.
  • 2013: Participant at August 24th Commemorative March for the 50th Anniversary of the March on
  • Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech.”
  • 2013: Participant as representative of Albion Branch, NAACP at 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther
  • King, Jr.’s march and speech in Detroit—commemorative march and symposium.
  • 2013: Participant at Newseum, Washington, D.C. symposium commemorating 50th anniversary of the
  • assassination of Medgar Evers, featuring Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julian Bond, & Gwen Ifill (PBS).
  • 2013: Participant at Kent State symposium, march, and vigil, commemorating May 4, 1970.
  • 2013: Coordinated visit of MLK Convocation keynote speaker and Coy James Memorial lecturer, Dr.
  • Cleveland Sellers.
  • 2013: Coordinator and discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Scarred Justice: The
  • Orangeburg Massacre, 1968.”
  • 2013: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps,” tour directed by Julian Bond.
  • 2013: Faculty Mentor for Center for Sustainability and Environment trip to New Mexico (May).
  • 2012: Invited as liaison for Judge Damon Keith, fall convocation speaker.
  • 2012: Invited speaker as part of Albion Branch, NAACP, for Black History Month at Coldwater State
  • Reformatory.
  • 2012: Coordinator and Discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Freedom Riders.”
  • 2012: Faculty Mentor, Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to South Carolina.
  • 2012: Coordinator for Albion College CSE students and faculty seminar with President Cleveland
  • Sellers at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina.
  • 2012: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” with Julian Bond.
  • 2012: Participant at “Malcolm X” forum at the Charles Wright African American History Museum.
  • 2012: Delegate to Michigan State NAACP Convention, Detroit.
  • 2011: Invited to give the Coy James Memorial Lecture, “Albion & the American Dream.”
  • 2011: Keynote co-speaker with Robert Wall for MLK Convocation: “In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin
  • Luther King, Jr.”
  • 2011: Invited to introduce Daoud Lecture, Steven Solomon, author of Water, The Epic Struggle for
  • Wealth, Power, and Civilization.
  • 2011: Coordinated Coy James Lecture with Phillip Mason, “Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties:
  • Michigan and Prohibition.”
  • 2011: Albion College Faculty Lecture: “Albion & the American Dream.”
  • 2011: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
  • Bond.
  • 2011: Faculty Mentor for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to Louisiana.
  • 2011: Albion Branch representative to NAACP conference on “Environmental Justice,” Detroit.
  • 2010: Participant, “Race to the South: From the Klan to Katrina,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
  • Bond.
  • 2010: Faculty Mentor for Environmental Institute to Oregon and Washington.
  • 2010: MLK Convocation Committee, featured speaker: Dr. Clayborne Carson, editor of the MLK
  • papers.
  • 2009: Witness to History: Participant, Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
  • 2009: Faculty Mentor, Environmental Institute trip: “California: Imperial Valley, Salto Sea,
  • Imperial Valley, Joshua Tree.”
  • 2009: “Following in the Footsteps: Civil Rights Tour with Julian Bond.”
  • 2009: Participant: NAACP Centennial Convention, New York City.
  • 2009: Invited by the Elkin Isaac Honors Symposium to introduce James Gignac (Sierra Club), as
  • the Alumni Speaker.
  • 2009: Coordinated Washington, D.C. First-Year Seminar trip with World War II theme—World War II
  • Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Museum of American History, U.S. Holocaust Museum,
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.
  • 2009: Wrote columns for the Albion Branch NAACP Newsletter: “Making History: Campaigning for
  • Barack Obama in Albion, Michigan”; “New York City: The NAACP & Dorothy Height—Long Distance
  • Runner.”
  • 2009: Wrote “Brief History of Albion NAACP” for annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
  • 2009: Sabbatical, spring semester: “Albion, Michigan Goes to War.”
  • 2008: Appointed by Albion College President to committee for designing and implementing Albion
  • College Sustainability Initiative
  • 2008: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement.” (Civil Rights tour of Georgia and
  • Alabama with Julian Bond, Professor History, U. of Virginia, civil rights pioneer, NAACP
  • Chairman)
  • 2008: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida Everglades
  • (Albion College Environmental Institute)
  • 2007: Participant, conference on “Environmental Justice and Diversity,” University of Michigan
  • 2007: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
  • Watershed
  • 2006: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Appalachia (Smoky
  • Mountain National Park, TVA, Oakridge National Laboratory, and mountain-top removal site.
  • 2005: Published with co-author Jennifer Cook, “A Window on America: Bringing Home
  • Interdisciplinary Research” in CUR QUARTERLY (cover article)
  • 2005: Presentation with Leslie Dick, “A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream” to Michigan
  • Archivists Association Conference for session entitled “History in the Classroom: Fostering
  • Relationships Between Students and Archives.”
  • 2005: Faculty mentor for environment trip with students and faculty to California (Yosemite
  • National Park, Hetch Hetchy, Mono Lake, Central Valley, Steinbeck Museum, Monterrey Bay, and Big
  • Sur)
  • 2005: Directed NCUR/Lancy student scholars who presented at National Conference for
  • Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Virginia
  • 2004: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
  • Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
  • 2004: Coordinated & mentored NCUR/Lancy scholars who presented at National Conference for
  • Undergraduate Research in Indianapolis.
  • 2004: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Louisiana (New Orleans
  • and the Gulf)
  • 2003: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
  • Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
  • 2003: Faculty Mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
  • Watershed (Amish farms, Three Mile Island, Susquehanna River, and Eastern Shore)
  • 2003: Individual travel to Japan to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorials & Museums
  • 2002: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Southwest: Nevada, Utah,
  • Arizona (Yucca Mountain nuclear burial site, Zion, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Hoover Dam)
  • 2001: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference,
  • Ball State U., Muncie, Indiana
  • 2001: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Pacific Northwest
  • (Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River, Hanford Atomic
  • Reservation)
  • 2000: Coordinator for Albion College Symposium: “Environmental Activism for the New Millennium”
  • in honor of the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. keynote speaker)
  • 2000: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida (Florida Keys,
  • Everglades, Florida Coast)
  • 1999: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference at
  • Ball State University
  • 1999: Participant, Orion Society National Conference on Community Based Environmental Action,
  • National Conservation Training Center at Shepardstown, West Virginia.
  • 1999: Delegate to Chinese Environmental Conference with focus on the Three Gorges Dam Project on
  • the Yangtze River arranged through the Council for International Education Exchange in
  • cooperation with the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1998: Fellow, NEH Summer Institute: “Environmental History and World History, 1500-2000,” U. of
  • California, Santa Cruz
  • 1998: Participant, “Green & Gold: California History Conference,” U. of California, Santa Cruz
  • 1996: Participant, “Watershed: Writers, Nature, and Community,” Washington, D.C. (sponsored by
  • the Orion Society, the Library of Congress, and Poet Laureate Robert Hass.)
  • 1994: Presented paper, “Dammed Salmon: Economy, Equity, Ecology, and Columbia River Dams in the
  • 1930s,” to conference on Power and Place in the North American West, Third Annual Symposium of
  • the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • 1994: Presented Commentator’s paper, “Resource Utilization Through History,” to “The Environment
  • Through World History” program for the World History Association Annual Meeting, Aspen Insitute,
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • 1990: Published “When Dams Weren’t Damned: The Public Power Crusade and Visions of the Good
  • Life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s” in Environmental Review
  • 1990: “Declaration of Interdependence,” Earth Week Symposium featuring David Brower
  • 1990: Hosted Cesar Chavez on campus for program on Farm Workers, Pesticides, and Social Justice,
  • including a viewing of the film, “The Wrath of Grapes.”
  • 1989: Chaired Workshop on “The Columbia and the Music of Woody Guthrie,” the classic documentary
  • film, American Society for Environmental History meeting, Evergreen State College
  • 1988: Delegate, “North American Bio-regional Congress,” British Columbia, Canada
  • 1988: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The American West: Environment & History,” directed by Donald
  • Worster at the Mountain West Center for Historical Studies at Utah State University
  • 1986: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” coordinated by David Brower (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 1986: Coordinated “A Declaration of Interdependence: Society, Environment, and the Land Ethic,”
  • A Symposium in honor of the Aldo Leopold Centennial (Gaylord Nelson, keynote speaker)
  • 1984: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” Washington, D.C.
  • 1984: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The Frontier & the Environment,” Indiana University
  • 1983: Participant, “Appalachian Life & Culture,” featuring Harry Caudill, author of Night Comes
  • to the Cumberlands and My Land Is Dying, Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky
  • 1982: Participant, “Energy Futures, Energy Implications,” National Science Foundation Chautauqua
  • Short Course with Amory and Hunter Lovins at the University of Iowa
  • 1982: Delegate, “Fate of the Earth Conference,” inspired by David Brower, linking environmental,
  • peace, and social justice groups at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
  • 1980: Participant, “Energy Policy in the Southwest and the Native American,” USDOE Institute,
  • University of San Diego
  • 1978: Participant, “Indians and Ecology, “NSF Chautauqua Short Course with Clara Sue Kidwell,
  • MSU
  • 1978: Participant, “Energy, Conservation, & Public Health,” USDOE Seminar at Harvard School of
  • Public Health, Boston
  • 1977: Fellow, “American West: New Trends in Historical Interpretation,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of
  • California, Davis.
  • 1973: Fellow, “Literature and the American West,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of Oregon
  • 1973: “Visions of Abundance: The Public Power Crusade in the Pacific Northwest in the Era of
  • J.D. Ross and the New Deal,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington