UNC Board of Governors names Dr. Glen Bowman as 2017 Excellence in Teaching Winner

Glen Bowman

For Elizabeth City State University’s Dr. Glen Bowman, 2017 is shaping up to be a great year. The history professor and author was just recently honored with the Chancellor’s Legacy Award, and now the University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s has named him one of the system’s winners of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Bowman is in his 18th year at ECSU. Over that time he has contributed a great deal to the university, including the recently published book, “Elizabeth City State University, 1891-2016: The Continuity of a Historical Legacy of Excellence and Resilience.” It is a scholarly work focusing on the history of ECSU, looking at the good and bad times throughout the institution’s 126 year history.

Dr. Bowman also wrote a weekly column for The Daily Advance, highlighting historic and interesting facts and people pertaining to ECSU.

Since his start at ECSU in 1999, Dr. Bowman has earned accolades for a number of additional accomplishments, including the publication of “The Razor’s Edge.” Sold as a teaching text, royalties earned from the sales of the book went to the Ballou Fund, helping students with research travel and training as they become history teachers. Bowman also founded the fund, named after long-time ECSU archivist, Leonard Ballou.

But perhaps most notable of all is Dr. Bowman’s dedication to teaching. In a statement and bio for the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award, it states that, “Bowman emphasizes critical thinking and clear, concise, and crisp writing in his courses. He wants students to question what they hear, even what they hear from him; and to demand evidence before they believe something to be true.”

Dr. Bowman is from suburban Philadelphia in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D., in history at the University of Minnesota, his Master of Arts in History at West Virginia University, and his bachelor’s degree, graduating with the highest honors, from Cedarville University.