Special Advisor to the President
Dr. McClurken’s research areas include the history of the Civil War, veterans, families, the Pinkertons, mental institutions, the 19th-century American South, and the digital humanities. Along with his sought-after classes in digital identity and digital history, Dr. McClurken serves as special advisor to the University’s president, providing advice and counsel on the strategic direction of the university.
In 2014, Dr. McClurken received the Teaching with Technology Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia, the highest award the state gives higher education faculty. He has taught classes in varied U.S. history topics, including Civil War and Reconstruction, American technology and culture, women’s history, and history and film. He has blogged for the Chronicle of Higher Education about teaching and technology, is the digital history projects review editor for the Journal of American History, and served as special assistant to the provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation.
Recognized by The Princeton Review as one of The Best 300 Professors in 2012, Dr. McClurken has appeared on Virginia Public Radio’s With Good Reason, and his class lectures have been featured on C-SPAN. His book, "Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing the Confederate Veteran Family in Virginia," was nominated for both the Library of Virginia Literary Award and the Jefferson Davis Award of the Museum of the Confederacy.
Jeff McClurken in the News
- McClurken Named as Special Advisor to UMW PresidentUniversity of Mary Washington faculty member Jeffrey W. McClurken has been appointed as special advisor to the president. President Troy D. Paino made the announcement today, May 16, in an email message to the UMW community. McClurken is professor of history and American studies and also currently serves as special... Read more »
- Davis Publishes Book and ArticleJanine S. Davis, assistant professor in the College of Education, has published a text titled Building a Professional Teaching Identity on Social Media: A Digital Constellation of Selves. The text was initiated during her work on the Digital Scholars Institute in 2014-15 and was completed during her Jepson fellowship year in 2015-16. The text features... Read more »