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APSU professor learned, taught through military institute post

September 24, 2002

An Austin Peay State University professor completed a faculty fellowship at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., this past spring semester.

Dr. Malcolm Muir, military history expert and professor of history, was asked by VMI officials to occupy the Conquest Chair in Military History. He taught two senior level courses: “World War II” and “Sea in Power in the 20th Century.”

While this was Muir's first appointment with VMI, he has enjoyed previous stints as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Each teaching experience brings new insight into these prominent military institutions, and VMI is no exception. Muir says that he is proud to have been associated with such a historically important establishment—one that has provided the United States with many famous military leaders since the time of the Civil War.

The Virginia Military Institute, founded in 1839, boasts such prominent alumni as Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and General George C. Marshall, the Army's Chief of Staff during World War II and creator of “The Marshall Plan,” which was used to reconstruct Europe after World War II. Later, he was the only man ever to serve as both Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense.

During his VMI fellowship, Muir finished work on a three-volume encyclopedia set titled “Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia,” for which he contributed 21 entries and was associate editor. The work was published in June by ABC-CLIO.

Muir's next project as an associate editor is to put together a four-volume encyclopedia on World War I and a five-volume encyclopedia for World War II. Both projects will be published by ABC-CLIO in 2004.

Muir has been a professor of history at Austin Peay for 19 years. He has published two books: “The Iowa-Class Battleships: Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and Wisconsin” and “Black Shoes and Blue Water: Surface Warfare in the United States Navy, 1945-1975.” He contributed to the edited series “The Human Tradition in America” and has written 64 essays, entries and articles, as well as 39 book reviews on military matters.