With the end of the spring semester, the History Department bids a fond farewell to Dr. T. DeWayne Moore, a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor who taught for the Department during the 2019/2020 academic year. DeWayne specializes in African American, 20th-century, and public history. The Department was fortunate to have him on the faculty, if only for a year.
During his time with us, DeWayne contributed to the Department in a number of ways. Using his expertise with social media, he revamped the Department’s Facebook presence by creating audiovisual material, posting frequently, and increasing the Department’s followers from 300 to almost 1,000. DeWayne also maintained our African American history curriculum while Dr. Nicole Brown was on leave, teaching Aspects of African American History, and mentoring an MA student who finished his thesis. He also taught a graduate course on Historical Society Administration, employing a project-based format, and a first-year Honors course on critical thinking. DeWayne has also been active in research and publishing: he authored a well-received article for the Public Historian, “Ripped Spike, Tie and Rail from Its Moorings”:Blues Tourism, Racial Reconciliation, and the ‘Yellow Dog’ of the Mississippi Blues Trail,” and continues to work on other article and book projects. DeWayne has also been a good departmental citizen, colleague, and mentor. As Robyn Perry, an MA student, put it:
Dr. Moore has been very helpful and supportive of my research, especially since our areas of research are similar as they deal with (popular) music and race. He and his work with the Mount Zion Memorial Fund inspired me to start my own research blog (www.postwarjapanesepop.blogspot.com) to get my thoughts organized, out of my head, and all in one place. It has been a pleasure getting to know Dr. Moore and I hope to get a tour of the Mississippi Blues Trail some day! :)
We will miss you, DeWayne, and wish you well in your future endeavors. Don’t be a stranger – the Department will always be eager to hear about your teaching, and service.