Southeast Missouri State University

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Dr. Joel Rhodes

Professor of History

jrhodes@semo.edu
573-651-2715
http://cstl-cla.semo.edu/Rhodes/
Office: CR  311J

Education

  • 2000 Ph.D. History, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • 1995 M.A. History, University of Missouri-Kansas City Thesis: It Finally Happened Here: The 1968 Riot in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1989 B.S. Education, University of Kansas Major: Secondary Social Studies

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

  • The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, Moody Research Grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, 2011
  • Grants and Research Funding Committee, Southeast Missouri State University, Research Grant, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 2011
  • College of Liberal Arts Honors Award for Outstanding Service, Southeast Missouri State University, 2011
  • Missouri Broadcasters Association, First Place Award in the Documentary/Public Affairs Category for KRCU’s “The Ghosts of the Mississippi” with KRCU Producer Jacob McCleland, 2011
  • Richard S. Brownlee Fund Award, The State Historical Society of Missouri, 2005
  • American Association for State and Local History, Certificate of Commendation, for the exhibit “COLD WAR: Promise and Fear in the 1950s” at the Johnson County Museums, Shawnee, KS, 2002
  • Outstanding Dissertation of the Year, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000
  • School of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1999
  • Chancellor’s Ph.D. Fellowship, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1999
  • The Missouri Conference on History, The State Historical Society of Missouri, Article of the Year Award, 1998
  • Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship, Edward Swinney Trust of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, 1998

Teaching Experience

  • Professor (2011-present)
  • Associate Professor (2007-2011)
  • Assistant Professor (2001-2007), Department of History, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO.
  • Lecturer (1998-2001), Department of History, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO; Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (1996-1998), University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Courses Taught:
    • The Sixties Experience in America
    • America in World War II
    • History of Missouri
    • Administration of Historic Sites
    • Problems in Historic Preservation
    • Introduction to Public History
    • Cold War America, 1945-1962
    • The Missing Decade: America in the 1970s
    • The Best Years?: America in the 1950s
    • Perspectives on the American Dream; Mass Media, Culture, and Society
    • United States Survey II
    • Graduate Readings in Cold War Era America
    • Graduate Readings in American Social History

Public History Experience

  • 2001-present: Assistant Director, Center for Regional History and Cultural Heritage, Southeast Missouri State University. As the public "outreach" arm of the Department of History, the Center documents, preserves, and presents local and regional history; architectural trends; archeology; ethnic and folk traditions. The Center offers a variety of consultative services and assistance to museums, historical societies, schools, and city, county, state, and national agencies.
  • 1999-2001 Assistant Curator, Johnson County Museums, Shawnee, KS. Conducting research and writing interpretative materials for exhibits, collections, publications and programs. As a member of the Exhibit Team, developing storylines, scripts and artifact checklists and coordinating exhibit production.
  • 1999 Supervisor, Historical Preservation Survey, Johnson County Museums. Directing staff in surveying pre-1950 structures in Johnson County in accordance with Heritage Trust Fund grant specifications. Researching and writing comprehensive reviews and State and National Register of Historic Places nominations.

Book Publications

  • A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: the Life of Louis Houck. (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2008)
  • Bonnie Stepenoff and Joel P. Rhodes, eds. Movers and Shakers in the Missouri Bootheel: Essays From the Missouri Historical Review, 1906-2006. (Columbia, MO: The State Historical Society of Missouri, forthcoming in 2009).
  • The Voice of Violence: Performative Violence as Protest in the Vietnam Era. (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2001)

Public History Book Publications

  • Haunted Cape Girardeau. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, under contract).
  • Tom Neumeyer, Frank Nickell, and Joel P. Rhodes. Historic Cape Girardeau: An Illustrated History. (San Antonio, TX: Lammert Publishing, Inc., 2004)

Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries

  • Joel P. Rhodes and Judson L. Jeffries, "Detroit," in Judson L. Jeffries, ed. On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities Across America. (Oxford: University Press of Mississippi, under contract)
  • "It Finally Happened Here: the 1968 Riot in Kansas City, Missouri," in Diane Mutti Burke and John Herron, eds. Kansas City, America's Crossroads: Essays From the Missouri Historical Review, 1906-2006. (Columbia, MO: The State Historical Society of Missouri, 2007).
  • "The Father of Southeast Missouri: Louis Houck and the Coming of the Railroad," in the Missouri Historical Review, January 2006, pp. 72-86.
  • "Radical Feminism," in Miriam Forman-Brunell, ed. Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia, (ABC-CLIO, 2001)
  • "It Finally Happened Here: the 1968 Riot in Kansas City, Missouri," in the Missouri Historical Review, April 1997, pp. 295-315.
  • Larry Easley, Steve Hoffman, Joel P. Rhodes, "Warning!: Technology Can Be Dangerous To Your Health," in the Journal of the Association for History and Computing, May 2005.
  • "Revolutionary Commitment?: Performative Violence and the Detroit Black Panthers," in Proceedings of the 1998 National Association of African-American Studies National Conference, February 1998.

Register of Historic Places

  • National Register of Historic Places nomination of Colonial Fox Theatre, Pittsburg, KS (entered 2008)
  • Register of Historic Kansas Places nomination of Spring Hill Historic District, Spring Hill, KS (entered 2000)
  • Register of Historic Kansas Places nomination of Colonial Fox Theatre, Pittsburg, KS (entered 2000)
  • National Register of Historic Places nomination of John McCarthy House, Edgerton, KS (entered 1999)

Selected Professional Service

  • Board of Directors, Missouri Humanities Council, 2008-present
  • Chairman, Membership Committee, 2010-present
  • Steering Committee, Missouri Conference on History, 2007-present
  • Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board, (appointed by Governor Jay Nixon), 2010-present
  • Board of Directors, Missouri Association for Museums and Archives, 2012-present
  • President, 55th Annual Missouri Conference on History, 2013
  • Steering Committee, Missouri Conference on History, 2007-present
  • Vice-President, 2010-2011
  • National Digital Newspaper Program in Missouri Advisory Board, The State Historical Society of Missouri, 2008-present
  • Producer, Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival: Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales, 2007-present
  • Board of Directors, The Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau, 2011-present
  • Board of Trustees, Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation (Pittsburg, KS), 2007-present
  • Regional Coordinator, National History Day, Missouri District 9, 2002-2011
  • Executive Board of Directors, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cape Girardeau Branch 4058, 2008-present
  • The Missouri History Speaker’s Bureau, presented by The State Historical Society of Missouri, 2007-present
  • Chairman, Missouri Humanities Council Chautauqua, Cape Girardeau Steering Committee, 2006
  • Program Chairman, 45th Annual Missouri Conference on History, 2003
  • Board of Directors, The Stars & Stripes Museum/Library Association, Bloomfield, Missouri, 2002-2011
  • Board of Directors, Missouri Alliance For Historic Preservation, 2001-2003
  • Chairman, “10 Most Endangered” Committee, 2002-2003

Selected Book Reviews

  • Will Sarvis, J.V. Conran and Rural Political Power: Boss Mythology in the Missouri Bootheel, in Missouri Historical Review (forthcoming in 2013)
  • Mary Sue Anton, New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend, in Missouri Historical Review (January 2011)
  • James B. Lane, ed. Steel Shavings, Volume 39, Brother in Arms, in Indiana Magazine of History (March 2009)
  • Robbie Lieberman, Prairie Power: Voices of 1960s Midwestern Student Protest, in Indiana Magazine of History (June 2006)
  • David Fiedler, The Enemy Among Us: POWs in Missouri During World War II, in Missouri Historical Review (July 2005)
  • Harper Barnes, Standing on a Volcano: The Life and Times of David Rowland Francis, in Missouri Historical Review (October 2003)
  • Edward Watts, An American Colony: Regionalism and the Roots of Midwestern Culture, in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley (Fall 2002)

Selected Conference Papers, Chair, and Commentator

  • American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 2000, “The Voice of Violence: Performative Violence as Protest, 1968-1970”
  • National Association of African-American Studies National Conference, Houston, TX, February 1998, “Revolutionary Commitment?: Performative Violence and the Detroit Black Panthers”
  • Mid-America Conference on History, Memphis, TN, September 2003, “A Born ‘Trouble-Maker’: Esther Brown and the Struggle for Civil Rights”
  • Indiana Association of Historians Conference on Political and Social Movements, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, February 1998, “Revolutionary Activism in the 1960s”
  • 54th Annual Missouri Conference on History, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Columbia, MO, March 2012, Chair, “Roundtable: Public History Programs in Missouri”
  • 53nd Annual Missouri Conference on History, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, April 2011, Commentator, “Media Manipulations”
  • Mid-America Conference on History, Little Rock, AR, September 2010, Commentator, “Radicalism and Reaction in the 1960’s”
  • 52nd Annual Missouri Conference on History, Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO, April 2010, Chair and Commentator, “Social Reform in the Missouri Press, 1966-1975”
  • 49th Annual Missouri Conference on History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, April 2007, “‘A Damn Fine Lawyer’: The Cape Girardeau Railroad War Between Louis Houck and the House of Gould”
  • 48th Annual Missouri Conference on History, Central Missouri State University, Sedalia, MO, March 2006, Chair and Commentator, “Hanging, Hazing, & Harangue”
  • 47th Annual Missouri Conference on History, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, April 2005, “The Father of Southeast Missouri: Louis Houck and the Gospel of Wealth”
  • 47th Annual Missouri Conference on History, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, April 2005, “The Future of Missouri History: A Roundtable Discussion” (invited panel participant)
  • Missouri Valley History Conference, University of Nebraska-Omaha, March 1997, “Beyond Fortas: a Late Sixties Assault on the Warren Court”
  • Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, University of Missouri-Rolla, April 1996, “It Finally Happened Here: the 1968 Riot in Kansas City, Missouri”

Selected Invited Lectures

  • Harry S. Truman Presidential Library's "Signature Issues and the Character of the Presidents" Series, Independence, MO, October 1997, "Passionate Conviction: Lyndon Johnson's Commitment to Civil Rights"
  • Kansas State Historical Society, "Bleeding Kansas: Conflict Over Slavery" Series, March 2001, "'Competing Visions': Territorial Slavery In Johnson County"
  • Friends of the Missouri State Archives Lecture Series, Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO, June 2010, “A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: the Life of Louis Houck”
  • Southeast Missouri State University, Kent Library Athenaeum Series, February 2011, “In a Land Called Honalee: The Sixties in the Lives of American Children”
  • Southeast Missouri State University, Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion Constitution Day Health Care Forum, September 2009, “Parallels Between the Establishment of Medicare and the Current Health Care Reform”
  • 100 Year Anniversary of the NAACP, NAACP Cape Girardeau Branch, March 2009, “Interracial History of the NAACP”
  • NAACP Cape Girardeau Branch, December 2008, “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow”
  • Cape Girardeau Public Library, October 2008, “The Father of Southeast Missouri: Louis Houck”
  • Missouri History Speakers Bureau, Perryville, MO, September 2008, “The Father of Southeast Missouri: the Life and Times of Louis Houck”
  • Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, Southeast Missouri State University, December 2007, “The Father of Southeast Missouri: Louis Houck”
  • Southeast Missouri State University, Department of History, Annual “Friends of History” Lecture, December 2005, “The Father of Southeast Missouri: Louis Houck and the Coming of the Railroad”
  • Southeast Missouri State University, Kent Library, “The Harrington & Cortelyou, Inc. Mississippi River Bridge Papers Opening,” September 2003, “Mississippi River Bridge in Regional History”

Professional and Honorary Organizations

  • Society for the History of Children and Youth
  • American Association For State and Local History
  • State Historical Society of Missouri
  • American Historical Association
  • Sigma Pi Kappa, Historic Preservation Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History, President, Pi Phi Chapter, 1997-1999
  • President, Pi Phi Chapter, 1997-1999

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