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Dr. Jeannette W. Cockroft


Faculty Bio: Jeannette W. CockroftAssociate Professor of History & Political Science
Program Coordinator, History
Fulbright Scholar, Southwest University, College of Political Science and Public Administration, Chongqing, China, 2016-2017
Email:  jcockroft@schreiner.edu

Classes Taught
HIST 1301 (pre-Civil War American history)
HIST 1302 (post-Civil War)
HIST 3313 (American women’s history)
HIST 3361 (Modern East Asian history)
HIST 4360 (Discourses/Senior capstone course)
HIST 4399 (Senior thesis)
POLS 2301 (US/Texas government)
POLS 3384 (Regional studies: Asia)


EDUCATION

Ph.D. Department of History, Texas A&M University, 2000
M.A.  Department of Political Science, University of Kansas, 1989
B.A.  Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Pennsylvania, 1980

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE             

2002-present    Associate Professor, History/Political Science, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX
2001-2002    Director, Joint Language Institute, Suzhou University, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

PUBLICATIONS
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
 
2013   “The Transformative Power of Work: The Early Life of Margaret Chase Smith,”
  Maine History, 47/2: 235-254.                                       

Book Reviews                                       

2013   Review of Keira A. Williams. Gendered Politics in the Modern South: The Susan Smith
Case and the Rise of a New Sexism. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.
2012. https://h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=39306.

2008   Review of Scott Kaufmann.  Rosalynn Carter: Equal Partner in the White House.
Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press. 2007.
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=22924.


2006   Review of Steven L. Piott. American Reformers, 1870-1920: Progressives in Word and
Deed.  New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006.  Teaching History.32/2.

2003   Review of Patrick Jordan, ed.. Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal. Collegeville,  
    MN: The Liturgical Press. 2002.  Mystics Quarterly.152-153.    
      
Manuscripts in Submission

“The Road Not Taken: Margaret Chase Smith, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Republican Party in the 1950s,” (revise/resubmit), Journal of Women’s History

“Just ‘Doing What Any Woman Would Do’: Margaret Chase Smith, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 1955 Visit to Skowhegan, Maine,” (revise/resubmit), Journal of New England History


HONORS AND AWARDS

2016 Recipient, Fulbright Scholar Grant, School of Political Science & Public Administration, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, Sept 2016-July 2017

2016 Participant, NEH Summer Institute, Confucian Asia: Traditions and Transformations, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI, June 13-July 15

2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, Schreiner University Chapter, Sigma Alpha Pi, National Honor Society of Leadership and Success

2008 Delta Kappa Gamma, International Honor Society for Women Educators, Eta Xi Chapter
 
2008 Schreiner University Faculty Development Grant

2007 Who’s Who in American Education, 7th edition

2006 Schreiner University Academic Advisor of the Year

2004 Honorary Member, Schreiner University Chapter, Alpha Lambda Delta

2000 Who's Who in America, Millennium edition

2000 Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 26th edition

2000 Who's Who of American Women, 21st edition


INVITED TALKS

2017   “American Political Culture,” Ministry of Science, Education, Culture and Sports, Association of Mongolian Women Scientists, WSTEM, Sustainable Development and Urgent Problems of Social Development, National University of Mongolia, Ulaan Baatar,  Mongolia, June 17.

2017  “Race and Gender in American Politics,” WSTEM Workshop: Supporting Scientists To Participate in Exchange Practices and Politics, Mongolian University of Science and Technology,  Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, June 16.

2017  “How the American Government Works,” WSTEM Workshop: Supporting Scientists To               Participate in Exchange Practices and Politics, Mongolian University of Science and                     Technology,  Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, June 16.

2017  “Applying for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program: Enhancing Your Application and Maximizing Your Chances,” Rongchang campus, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, May 25.

2017  “The American College Experience,” Rongchang campus, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, May 25.      

2017  “Richard Hofstadter, Donald Trump and the Future of American Democracy,” Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, April 20.

2017  “Basic American Values: What Makes America Unique?,” College of Political Science and Public Administration, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, March 30.     
    
2017  “The American College Experience,” International Education Week, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, March 21.

2016  “The American College Experience,”  Honors College, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, December 17.

2016  “General Characteristics of American Politics,” Honors College, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, December 15.

2016  “Race and Gender in American Politics,” Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, November 26.

2016  “Analysis of the American Presidential Election,”  China Ocean University, Qingdao, China,  November 25.

2016  “The American College Experience,” College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, November 18.

2016  “Analysis of the 2016 American Presidential Election,” Honors Program, Shanghai International Studies University, November 10 & 11

2016  “How the American Electoral Process Works,” U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, November 9.

2016  “What Happens Between Election Day and Inauguration Day?” U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, November 9.

2016  “Race and Gender in American Politics,” Beijing Foreign Studies University, November 8.

2016  “Race and Gender in American Politics,” American Studies Forum, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, October 29.

2016  “2016 American Presidential Election,” American Studies Forum, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, October 28.

2016  “2016 American Presidential Election,” College of Political Science & Public Administration, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, October 25.
 
2002  “An Historical Overview of American Public Education,” Suzhou Education College,
    Suzhou, China, June 29.

2002  “Gender and Politics in the United States: Why More Women Don’t Hold Elective
    Office,” University of the Philippines, Los Banos, February 2.

2001  “Differences Between the American and the Chinese College Experience,” Suzhou
    University, Suzhou, China, December 19.


CONFERENCE ACTIVITY
Papers

2017  “The Fragile State of American Democracy in the Age of Trump,” 2017 Annual American Studies Network Conference, US-China Relations after the 2016 Election: Trump, Congress, and the Issues,” Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, April 21-23.
 
2016  “Exploring the Texas Hill Country: Using Local Resources and Local History to Illuminate the Challenges of the 21st Century,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Seattle, WA, March 22-25.

2015  “Just ‘Doing What Any Woman Would Do’: Margaret Chase Smith, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 1955 Visit to Skowhegan, Maine,” Southwestern Historical Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 8-11.

2013  “Mr. & Mrs. Smith Go to Washington: The Political Partnership of Clyde H. and Margaret Chase Smith in the 1930s,” National Social Science Association Fall Professional Development Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 7-9.

2008  “Dwight D. Eisenhower, Margaret Chase Smith, and the Reconstruction of the Republican Party,” National Social Science Association Professional Development Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 19-21.

2008  “The Transformative Power of Work and Place: The Early Life of Margaret Chase Smith,” Rural Heritage Institute, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT, June 10-15.

2008  “Declaration of Conscience as a Declaration of Self: The Autobiography of Margaret Chase Smith,” International Society for Educational Biography, Chicago, April 23-26.

2005  “The Road Not Taken: Eisenhower’s Party and Sen. Margaret Chase Smith” Mid-
    American Conference on History, Lawrence, KS, September 22-24.
            
2000  “Margaret Chase Smith and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy in the 1950s,”
    Fifth Southern Conference on Women’s History, University of Richmond,    June 15-17.

Discussant
2017    Graduate Student Panel III, 2017 Annual American Studies Network Conference,
             US-China Relations after the 2016 Election: Trump, Congress, and the Issues,”
             Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, April 21-23.
2015    Gender and Law Panel, Southwestern Historical Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 8-11.



CAMPUS TALKS

2011    “This I Believe,” Lenten Meditation, Schreiner University, April 4

2010    “The Last Lecture,” Student Senate, Schreiner University, April 27

2010    “Gendercide in China,” Global Awareness Week, Schreiner University, November 11

2004    “Adventures in the Middle Kingdom,” Hallman Chautauqua Series, Schreiner University,
     February 23

2003    “What Happened to American Feminism?” Schreiner University 80th Birthday
     Celebration and Convocation, Schreiner University, August 22

2003    “What I Wish I Had Known in My First Year as New Faculty,” New Faculty Orientation,
     Schreiner University, August 13

2002    “Chinese vs. American College Experiences,” Parents’ Weekend, Schreiner University,
     October 28.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Southwest University
    Introduction to American government (fall 2016; spring 2017)    
    English Corner/practicing conversational English (fall 2016, spring 2017)

Schreiner University
    Pre-Civil War/Post-Civil War American history (fall/spring 2002-present)    
    American women’s history (fall 2003/2005/2012/2014)
    Traditional/Modern East Asian history (fall 2006-present)
    Historiography/Research methods (fall 2006-fall 2015)
    Interdisciplinary studies (spring 2008, spring 2011)
    American government (spring 2002, summer 2005-2015)
    Sino-American relations (spring 2009/2011)
    International Political Economy (spring 2013)

Suzhou University
    Conversational English (fall 2001, spring 2002)
    English composition (fall 2001, spring 2002)
    Research skills (spring 2002)


Blinn Junior College, Adjunct Faculty
    Texas government (fall 1992-fall 1996)
    American government (fall 1992-fall 1996)


Texas A&M University, Lecturer
    Pre-Civil War American history (spring 2001)


Texas A&M University, Instructor
    Pre-Civil War American history (fall 1992-fall 1998; fall 2000)
    Post-Civil War American history (fall 1992-fall 1998)
    Traditional East Asian history (spring 1997; fall 1998)


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
 
To Profession
    Judge, Thomas D. Clark Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper on an American History topic, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH), September 2015
    Judge, Raymond F. Betts Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper on a World History topic, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH), September 2015
    Judge, Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH), September 2015
    “Margaret Chase Smith” in Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders (forthcoming)
    Peer Reviewer, International Social Science Review, Official Journal of Pi Gamma Mu, Honor Society for the Social Sciences
    Reader, AP US History Exam, Louisville, KY (June 11-19, 2007)

To University
    Supplemental Instruction Mentor (fall 2014-spring 2016; fall 2017)
    Coordinator, History Program (fall 2014-spring 2016; fall 2017)
    Diversity Committee (fall 2015-spring 2016)
    Faculty advisor for Student Organizations (fall 2003-fall 2006/2010/2015; spring 2011)
    Advisor, senior theses (fall 2015/ 2016/2017; spring 2002/2008/2010)
    New Student Enrollment & Success Committee (fall 2014-spring 2015)
    Honors Advisory Committee (fall 2010-spring 2011)
    Committee on Institutional Goals (fall 2010, spring 2011/2012)
    Teacher Education Committee (fall 2010/2012; spring 2011)
    Chair, Assistant Professor of Political Science Search Committee (spring 2011)
    Chair, Admissions Committee (spring 2005-spring 2007)
    Faculty Affairs Committee (fall 2005, spring 2006) 
    Retention Committee (fall 2005-fall 2007)
    Mentor/faculty evaluator for adjunct faculty/junior faculty (fall 2004/2007/2012)



To Community
 
    TESOL Instructor, Families and Literacy, Kerrville, TX, (August 2011-May 2012)
    Campus Liaison, Delta Kappa Gamma Community Book Drive, Kerrville, TX (spring 2008)

Selected Community Talks

2016    “George Washington, Superhero, and His Sidekick, Martha,” Sons of the American Revolution, February 9

2013    “Women’s Political Participation before Suffrage and Why the Vote Matters,” League
        of Women Voters, August 23

2008    “My Vote is My Voice: Education,” League of Women Voters Panelist, October 20

2005    “Lessons from a Chinese (Re)Education Camp,” Delta Kappa Gamma, February 7                 

2005    “Lessons from a Chinese (Re)Education Camp,” Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, December 12

2004    “Women in the American Revolution,” Sons of the American Revolution, Sept. 21

2004    “Adventures in China: A Year in the Middle Kingdom,” Kerrville Noon Rotary Club, June 9


Related Professional Skills

2011    CELTA training, International Language School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July


LANGUAGES

French, Intermediate reading with dictionary
Mandarin, Beginner speaking, intermediate reading with dictionar

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