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Dr. Charles "Al" Pilant
Professor of History

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Dr. Charles "Al" Pilant, a member of the University of the Cumberlands' faculty since 1987, attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, earning a B.S. in History in 1978, followed by an M.A. in History in 1980. For his doctoral studies, he moved on to Marquette University, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in History in 1989.

Since coming to UC, Dr. Pilant has frequently been recognized for outstanding achievement in teaching and in community service. He has received the William T. Miles Memorial Award for Community Service and has been named Honored Professor by the Student Government Association, for which he serves as faculty advisor. In 1996, 1999 and 2004 , alumni selected him to receive the J.B. Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also been selected to appear in Who’s Who of American Teachers in 1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005. Dr. Pilant is also faculty advisor of UC's Academic Team which is a member of the Kentucky Quick Recall League and competes numerous times each semester.

Dr. Pilant is a member of the Organization of American Historians. His principal area of interest is American social and intellectual history to 1840.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 137 World Civilization to 1648
  • HIST 138 World Civilization since 1648
  • HIST 231 American History to 1877
  • HIST 232 American History since 1877
  • HIST 337 China and Japan
  • HIST 430 Selected Topics: Africa and the Arab World
  • HIST 430 Selected Topics: Women and Minorities in American History
  • HIST 433 Expansion and the Civil War Era
  • HIST 435 Twentieth-Century America
  • POLS 430 Selected Topics: American Political Thought

Publications and Presentations

“Where is the Middle East heading,” Phi Alpha Theta Lecture, Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY, 2005.

"Myths of the West That Were Accepted as Reality." Phi Alpha Theta Lecture, Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY, 2000.

"Myths of the West That Were Accepted as Reality." Faculty Colloquium, Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY, 1999.

" Africa’s Role for the Future." Phi Alpha Theta Lecture, Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY, 1996.