Jim Blount Educator Award

The Michael J. Colligan History Project, an undertaking of Miami University Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation, seeks nominees for the Jim Blount History Educator Award.

We encourage you to nominate teachers working in the schools of southwestern Ohio. One award will be given to a history teacher of grades K-6, and one to a history teacher of grades 7-12.  Each awardee will receive a unique sculpture, a framed citation, and an honorarium of $1000.

Distinguished Hamilton native Jim Blount has taught and written history for almost sixty years.  His award-winning journalism career at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Hamilton Journal-News spanned a quarter century, and today he lectures widely and also writes about local history for the website of the Lane Public Libraries.  The Blount Award is given biennially to teachers whose inspired work stimulates historical inquiry and understanding, and exemplifies the dedication to history education epitomized in Mr. Blount’s life and career.

Awards will be presented at a public ceremony on April 5, 2016, to be held at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton.  Both awardees and their nominators will be recognized.  Miami University’s Dr. Jim Tobin, Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film, will give the Blount Award Lecture.   His topic, “Ernie Pyle and Americans at War,” explores the life and legacy of renowned World War Two correspondent Ernie Pyle, who played critical role in shaping popular perceptions of the war effort and the image of the American soldier.  A public reception will follow.

You may nominate a teacher by sending a letter or email that includes a brief comment on his or her work, and contact information.  Mail letters to Curtis W. Ellison, Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project, Mosler Hall, Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, or send email to ellisocw@miamioh.edu.  We will invite all nominees to submit a summary statement about their teaching, a recent vita, and names of three references that we may contact.  Representatives of Miami University Hamilton and the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation, who will select awardees, will review this material.

The deadline for submitting names is February 15.  We hope you find this opportunity to honor a dedicated teacher an appealing one, and we appreciate your active consideration of it.


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