Name: Randolph Boothe- Pharr
Title: Associate Professor of History
Campus: Suffolk and Franklin, Virginia
Office: Faculty Office Room 112E
My goal as a professor in the field of history is centered on a desire to create an atmosphere of relevant vibrancy. My professional studies, instructional experiences, personal literary knowledge, and background serve as the foundation upon which the student-learning environment is designed. My greatest ambition is to guide students towards becoming self-initiated, proactive citizens. Students are provided with an opportunity to connect the past with the present and subsequently the present with the future. Utilizing all community resources available will serve to enhance the developmental approached multi-culturally, so that the needs, concerns, achievements, and goals of all ethnic groups can be addressed.
My educational background includes: Columbia University School of Public Health New York, New York -Doctorate of Public Health, New York University -(Further studies) Curriculum Development and Education Administration; New York University M.A. Medieval and Modern European History; University of Paris (Sorbonne) Foreign studies towards M.A. degree; American University Lyons, France Summer Foreign Studies; Norfolk State University- B.A. History and Political Science.
Some of my achievements include: Fellow to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in collaboration with the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation – Seminar for Community College History faculty in Virginia. I spent a semester at the Manchester College of Arts and Technology -Manchester, England as a guest professor and I developed a Student and Faculty Exchange Program-Emphasis in English, History, Developmental Writing and Math. I received a Fullbright-Hayes Fellowship for Group Study, University of the Gambia-The Gambia, West Africa. I also participated at the University of Iowa, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship-Sponsored by the African-American Cultural Centre, the theme was: Blacks in the Depression (1930-1947).
I have travel extensively to historical destinations. The experiences from my travels enhance my teaching of history to my students. As a history professor, I aspire to make history come alive for all students I instruct. History comes alive by using various mediums, which paint a mental picture in the mind of the students of historical events. One then takes that picture and places it in a modern or current setting in which students can identify. This is done in a multiplicity of ways: (1) Role playing of current events, (2) discussion groups, (3) interactive modules, (4) hands on experiences via field trips, and (5) video presentations. This overview of my teaching strategies and philosophy, highlight my experiences as a professor of history.