Dr. John Tully was appointed Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in December 2020, moving over from his role as Professor and Chair of History. He is now in his twenty-first year overall at Central and is an alumnus, having earned his MA in 1995. Before that, he served as a Student Affairs professional here for four years. Most recently he has also served as a Presidential Fellow and then a Senior Presidential Fellow, working on special projects with the New Britain community and to help Student Affairs and Academic Affairs work collaboratively. As a Fellow, he was a member of the Executive Committee, the Council of Deans, the Integrated Planning Council, and other university committees, including the Student Affairs reopening workgroups this academic year. Dr. Tully has served on and chaired the Faculty Senate’s Student Affairs Committee and the University Athletic Board. An active member of the New Britain community, he received a “Mayoral Proclamation” in 2012 for his “commitment and dedication” to the city. He has won and administered almost $5 million in Teaching American History grants and has served as president of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.
He is a talented teacher and scholar. He has won the CSU Board of Trustees System Level Teaching Award and been a finalist for the American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award and Central’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of three books and co-edits the Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History, published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Two books in that series, Understanding and Teaching American Slavery and Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement have won the American Historical Association’s highest teaching resource award. Those two, along with Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, have been the focus of three seasons of Teaching Tolerance’s national podcast series “Queer America” and “Hard History.”
More information is available at: johndaytully.org.