Texas A&M University-Texarkana Associate Professor of History Dr. Craig Nakashian has been named to the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp.

The Academy is an initiative of the Texas A&M University System, acknowledging teaching excellence. According to a press release, the program is supported by the Chancellor’s Century Council, a group of private donors committed to advancing the future of higher education in Texas.

Dr. Nakashian will be recognized at the Council’s annual banquet in March, where he will receive a certificate, a stipend, and commemorative medallion that is to be worn on occasions requiring academic regalia. “It’s often said that good history professors have a way of bringing the subject to life for their students,” said Dr. Del Doughty, Dean of TAMUT’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Education. “Dr. Nakashian certainly does that. But he also helps them to see the joy in history, and his enthusiasm for the subject is contagious.”

Dr. Nakashian holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Government from Western New England University, a master’s degree in Medieval History from Durham University in England, and a PhD in History from the University of Rochester. He has been at Texas A&M University-Texarkana since 2010, and taught previously at Southeastern Missouri State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Rochester.

Dr. Nakashian is originally from western Massachusetts. His wife Zoe, originally from Plymouth, England, is the Collections Manager for the Texarkana Museums System. They have two children- a son, Meran (11) and a daughter, Pelin (7).

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