PhD History, Auburn University, 2000
MA, History, Auburn University 1992
BA, History, Samford University, 1985
Melvin Charles "Chuck" Smith has been with the University of the Cumberlands since 2005, rising to Full Professor in the process. He taught at a variety of institutions before arriving at UC, including a year at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a specialist in Modern Military History and teaches a variety of classes in that discipline for the University. He is as a certified concealed-carry instructor for the state of Kentucky.
Awarded for Valour: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of the British Concept of Heroism. Palgrave MacMillan, 2008.
“‘You Have to Shoot Somebody.’ A Paradigm Shift in Heroism: The Victoria Cross and the Great War,” War and Virtual War: The Challenges to Communities Interdisciplinary Symposium, Mansfield College, Oxford University, July 2002.
“‘We Give the Afreedeeman Fits:’ The Tirah Campaign of 1897,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., January, 2004.