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Charles Cashdollar '65

Dr. Charles Cashdollar

Charles D. Cashdollar is honored as a 2009 distinguished alumnus for his contributions in education, research, and administration and for his meritorious leadership and service promoting Pennsylvania history.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education from IUP in 1965. He earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966 and 1969, respectively.

Dr. Cashdollar began his teaching career at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 1969 and came to the IUP History Department as an assistant professor in the fall of that year. He was promoted to associate professor in 1974 and professor in 1977 and was chosen University Professor in 1994. After his retirement in 2005, he was named professor emeritus.

From 1987 to 1993, he served as the university’s first director of Liberal Studies and was responsible for implementing and administering a new undergraduate general education curriculum. He also chaired the preliminary planning committee that led to the university’s Robert E. Cook Honors College in 1996, and he subsequently taught in the Honors College.

Currently, Dr. Cashdollar is researching and writing a new history of IUP from its founding to the present; the book is scheduled to appear in 2011.

A scholar specializing in the history of nineteenth-century American and British religion, he is the author of three earlier books, The Transformation of Theology, 1830-1890: Positivism and Protestant Thought in Britain and America (1989): A Spiritual Home: Life in British and American Reformed Congregations, 1830-1915 (2000); and Let All Give Thanks: A Bicentennial History of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 1807-2007 (2008).

He has also written numerous book chapters and reviews, and his articles have appeared in quarterlies such as the Journal of the History of Ideas, Harvard Theological Review, and Pennsylvania History. Among his several research grants is a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, 1995-96.

In 2007, Dr. Cashdollar was elected to a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, the state’s most important professional society for historians. Previously, he had served the PHA as book review editor, secretary, vice-president, and council member.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the American Society of Church History, the Presbyterian Historical Society, and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Juniata Foundation.

Dr. Cashdollar was recognized by IUP with a Distinguished Faculty Award for research in 1989 and another for service in 1993. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.

A native of Mars, Pennsylvania, Dr. Cashdollar resides in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Donna.

Profile published on 3/5/10

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