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11-08-2005


An Interesting New Professor On Campus

Williamsburg, Ky. –Chuck Smith walks to school. On mornings when he is running late, he jumps onto his Honda UTX 1800 motorcycle and cruises onto University of the Cumberlands’ campus. One might think Smith is a student, but Dr. Melvin (Chuck) Smith is actually the most recent professor added to the history and political science department.

Smith came to Cumberland after having filled many other teaching positions at such institutions as the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

When asked why he chose to teach history he says, “I’m a lousy mathematician, but I always did well in history classes and I had an interest in the past.”

Two courses he teaches are world civilization to 1648 and world civilization since 1648. Smith’s primary area of interest is European history, with a heavy emphasis on military, colonial and imperial British history.

One of Smiths’ students says his classroom atmosphere is more upbeat than most of his other college classes. “I haven’t thought about sleeping in,” says Eric Blevins. “His lectures aren’t in monotone and they have a little humor to them.”