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College of the Ozarks Professor Dr. David Parrish receives The Mildred Letton Wittick Professional Achievement Award

Dr. David Parrish, associate professor of history, received The Mildred Letton Wittick Professional Achievement Award on May 10, 2024, at the 117th Commencement Ceremony at College of the Ozarks. 


The Mildred Letton Wittick Professional Achievement Award honors faculty members for their professional accomplishments, which may include research, publications, performance, creative productions and service to professional organizations.


Dr. Parrish has been exceptionally productive professionally since joining the College in 2014. Most noteworthy is his publication of a book in 2017 titled “Jacobitism and anti-Jacobitism in the British Atlantic World, 1688-1727.” He also has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on related subjects. He is a significant international voice in his research field.


Besides the significant influence in his field, Parrish also has used his research to directly impact his students in the classroom. Many of the courses he teaches directly benefit from his research, including “The Atlantic World, c. 1500-1850” and “Britain and Empire, c. 1500-present.” He is committed to training students to research as an act of empathy in his seminar classes. As a C of O alumnus, he seeks to instill enthusiasm in his students for research and travel abroad. He is known as an excellent classroom teacher and has made vast contributions to the College through his work as Director of Academic Assessment.


“Dr. Parrish mixes a commitment to developing as an effective classroom teacher with attention to expertise in his discipline,” said Eric Bolger, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Students benefit from his thoughtful and intentional approach to teaching and his deep knowledge of history. He is a great mentor for our students.”

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