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Denver Alexander Brunsman Faculty Member

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RESEARCH. I have made excellent progress in my research during the reporting period. I am grateful to have had a research leave in fall 2021, which allowed me to nearly complete my monograph, Citizens and Subjects: British Naval Impressment in the Revolutionary Atlantic (University of Virginia Press). I have two chapters left to draft, which I hope to complete in spring 2022. I have also continued to collect research materials for my book under contract with Oxford University Press, The World of George Washington (hardback)/George Washington: A Very Short Introduction (paperback). I now plan to start drafting chapters for the book in summer 2022. During my research leave, I also submitted two major grants (as project director) to the National Endowment for the Humanities: (1) NEH Public Humanities Projects Planning Grant ("Equality for All: The Declaration of Independence at 250"); (2) NEH Summer Institute Grant ("The Making of America: Colonial Era to Reconstruction"). Finally, I have continued to share academic history research in a wide range of public forums, including multiple workshops for K-12 educators. TEACHING. I also continued to thrive in the classroom in spring 2021 and summer 2021 (due to my research leave, I did not teach in fall 2021). I received the highest possible score of 5 on "overall rating of instructor" in my two courses with evaluations; my overall evaluation scores rated consistently above the department and college average. I have also continued to carry one of the heaviest advising loads in the History Dept., even during my research leave. During the reporting period, I had one PhD student graduate, one PhD student complete comprehensive exams, and one PhD student defend a dissertation prospectus. In all, during the summer and fall of 2021, I advised four PhD students, four MA students (three of whom are actively working on theses to complete in spring 2022), and two BA senior thesis students. SERVICE. Despite my research leave, I still maintained a high service profile. I began my fourth year as Associate Chair of the History Department and continued to oversee the department's assessment program. At the college level, I served on the committee to select GW's two nominees for the NEH Summer Stipend and mentored one of the winners as she prepared her grant submission. For the university, I continued to serve as a resource on the issue of naming, particularly the Colonials moniker. In October 2021, I addressed the GW Alumni Association Executive Board about the issue. Outside the university, I began my service as the Higher Ed Chair of the AP US History Development Committee (the group that oversees the writing and implementation of the annual exam). I also served as a reviewer for the Journal of the Early Republic. In addition, I continued my special service project for senior citizens during the pandemic by moderating a monthly online history discussion series (called the History Cafe) through the Washington Metropolitan Oasis Institute.

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