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History professor again brings recognition to APSU

January 14, 2002

This semester Dr. Malcolm Muir is holder of the Edwin P. Conquest '14 Chair, a military history chair at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Lexington. As such, Muir will be teaching courses on World War II and on sea power in the 20th century.

An internationally known scholar, author and military-history expert, Muir was chosen to serve in 1987-88 as the Secretary of the Navy's Research Chair in Naval History.

Then in an unprecedented action, officials at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point invited Muir to be a visiting professor there for two consecutive years, 1988-89 and 1989-90. In 1996-97, he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force War College.

Most recently, Muir was asked to work as an associate editor of two multivolume encyclopedias on the world wars: The World War I set is to be four to five volumes; the World War II set will be slightly larger.

In a letter to Muir, Dr. Spencer Tucker, professor of history at VMI, wrote: "I am thrilled to be working with you on this project. Our goal here is nothing less than the finest encyclopedias available on both World War I and World War II."

Dr. Dewey Browder, chair of APSU's department of history and philosophy, said, "Dr. Muir is a strong scholar whose work is admired by military historians far and wide. The fact he was invited to occupy the Conquest Chair at VMI attests to this reputation.

"The encyclopedias most certainly will become standard tools at the desk of many a historian." For more information, telephone Browder, at 7919.