Dr. Virginia Boynton
College Outstanding Faculty Award Winner -- Western Organization for Women's Woman of Achievement Award (2012)
Dr. Ginny Boynton (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1995) joined the Department in 1995 as its specialist in American women's history and the history of Interwar America (1914-1945). Her course offerings include the Department's upper-division/graduate course on U.S. History from 1914-1945 [History 418(G)], as well as its upper-division course on American women's history [History 317]. Her graduate seminars [History 510 and 511] deal with American women's history and twentieth-century U.S. social history. She also teaches sections of the Department's U.S. history survey courses [History 105 and 106] and its undergraduate seminars [History 201 and 491].
Prof. Boynton's most recent research and publications examine women's involvement, through the Illinois Women's Committee, in the state's government-sponsored war effort during World War I. Her current research focus is on the gendered nature of elite women's political culture in the period from 1890 to 1940, with a particular focus on Chicago reformer Louise de Koven Bowen.
Dr. Boynton has received several awards, including the WIU College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Faculty Award for Service and the WIU HOPE (Honoring Our Professors of Excellence) Award for Outstanding Teaching. She has also won the Illinois State Historical Society's Harry E. Pratt Memorial Award for outstanding scholarly publications in Illinois history. Most recently, she was the recipient of the Western Organization for Women's 2011-12 Achievement Award. In addition, Dr. Boynton served as the Department's Project Director for the U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, on which the Department partnered with the Regional Office of Education 26.
Dr. Boynton serves on the University Teacher Education Committee, the University Honors Council, the Faculty Senate's Council on General Education, and the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee. She sits on the Boards of the Illinois State Historical Society and the Friends of Tri-States Public Radio and is also a member of the WIU Foundation Fellows Society. She has served in the past as Chair of the Department of History, Chair of the CAS Faculty Council, Chair of the CAS Curriculum Committee, Vice Chair and Secretary of the University's Council of General Education, Chair of the Department's Personnel Committee, Chair of the Department of History Undergraduate Program Committee, President and Treasurer of the Western Organization for Women, and Faculty Senator.
In her spare time, Dr. Boynton enjoys spoiling her cats, reading mysteries, playing cards and Scrabble with friends, flower gardening, and vacationing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula's Lake Superior shore.