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Dr. Richard Garlitz, associate professor of history, receives prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Award


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. Richard Garlitz, of Martin, recently received a 2015 Love of Learning Award from the National Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Garlitz is an associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee at Martin and the first UT Martin faculty member to receive the award.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Students, faculty and staff from around the country who have reached high levels of academic success are honored with membership each year.

The Love of Learning Awards are given to 80 active society members each spring and fall to help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development. The national organization received more than 400 applications for the spring 2015 award cycle.

Garlitz plans to use the award to conduct research at the National Archives in College Park, Md., for his upcoming book “A Mission for Development: Utah Universities, the Point Four Program, and U.S.-Iranian Relations.” The book is under contract with University Press of Colorado and anticipated for release by 2017. It will examine how three American universities contributed to Iranian economic and social development during the 1950s – the formative years of the U.S.-Iranian Cold War alliance. The book will also offer an analysis of why that alliance failed.

Garlitz completed undergraduate work in history at Purdue University. He received a master’s degree in history from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in history from Ohio University. He joined the UT Martin faculty in 2008 and teaches courses on American foreign relations, the Middle East and world history.


Dr. Richard Garlitz, associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is pictured.


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