OU College of Education Honors Southeast Professor



June 6, 2005 – Dr. Dalton “Rusty” Curtis Jr., professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University, recently was among a group of alumni honored by the University of Oklahoma’s (OU) College of Education as “75 Who Made a Difference.”

 Curtis was honored for “making a difference” during the college’s Diamond  Anniversary observance.

“We decided there is no better way to celebrate our 75th anniversary than by  honoring 75 alumni who have made a difference in the world by using the values and philosophies they learned at the college,” said Joan K. Smith, dean of the college.

“These 75 represent the wide range of contributions made to education and the  world in general by the thousands of people who have studied at the college,” she said.

Curtis has served as a faculty member at Southeast since 1979. He has taught courses in education, philosophy and history. Now a history professor, he teaches courses in University Studies, history and social studies programs. He has served as director of the Honors Program, associate to the provost, director of the University Studies interdisciplinary program and chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Southeast. He has been a member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners and Appeals Board.

His scholarship has dealt with the history of modern American and European educational, political and social thought. He has written articles and reviews on topics in historical, philosophical and social foundations of education; liberal education; and biographical studies in education, and he is a contributing author of Lives in Education: A Narrative of People and Ideas, Thirteen Questions: Reframing Education’s Conversations and Strong Foundations: Twelve Principles for Effective General Education.

 In 1982, he received Southeast’s College of Education scholarship award and The Educational Foundations Society named him the 2004 William E. Drake Lecturer.

He holds advanced degrees in history from the University of Rhode Island and in history and philosophy of education from OU. He has been an instructor at the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., and a high school social studies teacher in Moore.

Curtis is one of more than 18,000 graduates from OU’s College of Education. The 75 alumni, along with the college’s Board of Advocates, are being honored in a new special edition anniversary publication, 75 Who Made a Difference, as well as recognition through a plaque in the college identifying the group as the inaugural initiates into the college’s Hall of Fame.

The college took nominations for more than four months from alumni, faculty and friends.  Each nominee had to have taken a course through the college and demonstrated contributions to society.  Further nomination materials were gathered on 125 finalists, from which 75 were chosen.