History Professor Emeritus
History Professor Emeritus James E. Scanlon is the author of Randolph-Macon College:
Traditions and New Directions, 1967-2005 (Randolph-Macon College, 2013).
“This work came from Trustee Emeritus John Werner’s and the administration’s desire
to have a continuation of my earlier volume, which ended its coverage in 1967,”
says Scanlon, author of Randolph-Macon College: A Southern History 1825 – 1967
(University Press of Virginia, 1983). “Four years of research and writing, and nearly
40 years of experience at Randolph-Macon, went into what I hope is an insight into
why and how Randolph-Macon College developed from a small, nearly all male, and
nearly all white institution to one which is physically larger, far more diverse
socially, and academically more complex and rich.” Included in the book are 75 illustrations.
Scanlon joined the R-MC faculty in 1968. He served as chair of the
history department from 1982 to 1986 and was a member of the planning committee
for the restoration and renovation of Washington-Franklin Hall, one of the six buildings
on R-MC’s campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
He received numerous awards during his career at R-MC, including the Thomas Branch
Award (1973), the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award (1984), and the
Nöe-Kilgore Award (2007). He was also awarded the Isaac Newton Vaughan Chair in
History in 1993, a title he held until 2004. In 2010 he was elected to the Randolph-Macon
chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and in 2011 he was presented with the honorary degree
of Doctor of Humane Letters during Randolph-Macon College’s Commencement.
Twice elected as faculty representative to the President’s Cabinet, Scanlon has
chaired or served on numerous faculty committees, including the Strategic Planning
Commission, the Curriculum Committee, the Academic Status of Students Committee,
and the Faculty Development Committee. Additionally, he served as secretary of the
faculty for more than 20 years.
Scanlon, who serves as R-MC’s historian, earned his A.B. (cum laude) degree
from Georgetown University, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison),
and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he had a DuPont Fellowship
and was elected to the Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. He is the author of
numerous articles and reviews.
Randolph-Macon College: Traditions and New Directions, 1967-2005 is available
for purchase in the R-MC Bookstore.