Barnett Named Distinguished Professor at Lee

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Barnett - Distinguished Professor

Dr. Robert Barnett was recently awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor of History in Lee University's College of Arts and Sciences.


"The Board of Directors awarded the title of "Distinguished Professor" to Dr. Barnett because he epitomizes the talent for teaching and the commitment to students which Lee University seeks to make our distinctive," said Lee President Dr. Paul Conn.


A professor at Lee since 1995, Barnett has established his reputation as an excellent teacher among students and colleagues alike.


"In all my years as president, I have never known any professor to receive as much spontaneous praise from students for his classroom teaching as Bob Barnett does," added Conn.


Barnett is one of four professors in Lee's history to be awarded this title.  

"While I believe that there are many here more deserving, this is a wonderful honor and one that I truly appreciate," shared Barnett. "I feel privileged to be part of what we do at what is a very special university. I'm excited by what Lee has become and look forward to being involved in what God has in store for the university."


Barnett was the recipient of Lee's Excellence in Advising Award in 1998, Lee's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, and the Janet Rahamut Award in 2006.


Prior to his arrival at Lee, Barnett was the chair of the Department of History and the director of the International Studies Division at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He was also a member of the Russian Bureau of the Tennessee Humanities Council, and project evaluator of the Tennessee Humanities Council. Barnett twice received the Faculty/Staff award at TWC, and he also twice received the Lockmiller Teacher of the Year Award.


Specializing in the Russian Revolution, Barnett also teaches courses on Modern Europe, Tudor and Stuart England, and various seminars in history. In addition to teaching, he sponsors Alpha Kappa Eta, Lee's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, and serves as a national mentor for Phi Alpha Theta.

He has been selected for "Who's Who Among American Teachers" many times and has been published in Nineteenth Century, and Historians and Historiography.

Barnett is a native of Berkeley, Calif. and enjoys architecture, literature, music, art and travel. He has five children, Christina, Brooke, Andrew, Jordan, and Aimee.