Dr. Bettye J. Gardner

Published Friday, August 07th, 2015

Bettye J. Gardner, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi graduated Howard University, where she received an undergraduate degree in History.

Dr. Bettye J. Gardner

College of Arts & Science and Education

Department of History, Geography and Global Studies

43 years of Service

Bettye J. Gardner, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi graduated Howard University, where she received an undergraduate degree in History. Dr. Gardner credits her love of history to growing up in Vicksburg, the historic city on the Mississippi River, which some historians identify as the place where the decisive battle of the Civil War was fought. Her love of history also emerges from the richness of her family's genealogy, from lessons learned from her mother and other relatives. Her parents and the larger African American community provided a nurturing environment in the midst of segregation of the 1950s, which allowed Bettye and her contemporaries to grow and excel.

Below is an abbreviate rendering of Dr. Gardner's distinguished career.

Teaching

  • All African American Survey courses
  • All United States History Survey courses
  • The Civil War
  • Blacks in American Cities
  • African American Intellectual History
  • African American Historiography
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar

Scholarship

  • Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Negro History, The MD Historical Magazine, The Negro History Bulletin, and in Southern Studies.
  • Her essays have appeared in the following books: The State of Afro-American History, Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of African American Education, The Encyclopedia of Blacks in Business, and The State of Black Baltimore.
  • She has lectured on 19th Century African American Communities with a special focus on Baltimore's Free Black Community.
  • Her papers have been presented at the national conferences of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, at regional conferences on Baltimore History, African Americans in the Civil War, and African Americans in Mississippi History.

Service, Consultancies, and Awards
Two of Dr. Gardner's prized administrative roles have been Chair of the Department of History, Geography and Global Studies (three occasions) and Dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences.
Selected University Committees:

  • Centennial Planning Committee (wrote historical essay on Coppin; later published in The State of Black Baltimore, edited by Dr. Stanley Battle)
  • African American History Month Committee
  • Foundations of Excellence
  • Planning Committee, Celebrating Excellence
  • First-Year Program
  • Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee
  • GER Task Force
  • Intellectual Life Committee

Chair, University Programs:

  • "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Remembering His Legacy and Spirit of Reconciliation" (series of programs sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council), Dean Ron Collins and Dr. Larry Martin, Co-Chairs
  • "Gandhi, King, and Ikeda Exhibit and Program with Dr. Lawrence Carter, co-sponsored by Soka Gakkai International
  • "Choosing Civility" lecture by Dr. P. M. Forni with Dean Ron Collins and Dr. Larry Martin, Co-Chairs
  • "Crisis in the Village" Symposium
  • "The Thinking Life" Symposium

National Boards and Committees:

  • Executive Board, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 1990-present
  • President, ASALH, 1995-1997
  • Federal Commissioner, Bethune House Historical Site
  • Executive Board, Humanities Council of Washington
  • Special Congressional Task Force to Study the Contributions of Slave Laborers in the Construction of the U.S. Capitol (testified before Congressional Committee)

Chair/Consultant for National Conferences and Symposia:

  • "Mind on Freedom," National Conference on HBCUs, Smithsonian Institution
  • "In Vogue, Black Culture and Identity," Humanities Council of Washington
  • "Lifting the Double Burden: A Critical Review of Race and Gender," National Park Service
  • "1998 and Beyond, A Symposium on the Impact of the Black Power Movement in America," National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution

Awards:

  • Recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for Independent Study and Research
  • Recipient of Smithsonian Research Fellowship
  • First Recipient of the Blassingame Award (Southern Historical Association) for her distinguished career as a Historian and for her mentoring of African American students
  • The Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Service to ASALH

Coppin State University community is grateful for Dr. Gardner's 43 years of service to the university.

Source: Dr. Gardner's retirement program