Professor Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Teach in Poland


Humanities, History and Social Sciences Faculty Dominic Pacyga to teach American and Chicago History at Jagiellonian University During 2013-2014 Academic Year

CHICAGO (April 22, 2013) – Columbia College Chicago Professor Dominic Pacyga, who teaches in the college’s Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences (HHSS), recently was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is an educational exchange program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. As a representative of the U.S. in Poland, Pacyga will help fulfill the Fulbright Program’s purpose, which is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the more than 150 countries that currently participate in the Fulbright Program.

While in Krakow, Pacyga will be a guest faculty member in the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, teaching American and Chicago history. Although he speaks Polish, he will teach the classes in English.

“Dr. Pacyga is renowned as a historian, and his scholarship in and knowledge of the history of Chicago are unparalleled in higher learning,” said Deborah H. Holdstein, dean of Columbia College Chicago’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “His Fulbright is more than well deserved and brings further distinction to our Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences. His students-to-be in Poland are more than fortunate.”

Pacyga has authored, or coauthored, five books concerning Chicago’s history, including “Chicago: A Biography” (2009); “Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago” (1991); “Chicago: City of Neighborhoods” (1986) with Ellen Skerrett; “Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods” (1979) with Glen Holt; and “Chicago’s Southeast Side” (1998) with Rod Sellers.

Pacyga has been a faculty member in HHSS since 1984, lecturing on topics including urban development, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations. He has worked with various organizations, including the Chicago History Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum in Chicago, on a variety of public history projects. Pacyga holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“We have a long tradition of Fulbright Scholars at Columbia College,” said Louise Love, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Dominic is joining an exclusive group of faculty members who have represented our school across the globe.”

Pacyga has also consulted with numerous neighborhood organizations, student groups, and ethnic, labor and fraternal groups to preserve and exhibit their histories. He was guest curator for a major exhibit, “The Chicago Bungalow,” at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and is a coeditor of the exhibit’s companion volume, “The Chicago Bungalow” (2001). Pacyga is a winner of the Oscar Halecki Award from the Polish American Historical Association and a winner of the Catholic Book Award. He received the Columbia College Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999 and in 2011.

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