Professor Thomas H. Buckley is scheduled to retire in May
Monday, March 02, 2009
Generations of students remember Professor Buckley’s classes in American diplomatic and recent US political history for their intellectual rigor and the professor’s incisive wit
Professor Thomas H. Buckley, the Jay P. Walker Professor of American History, came to the University of Tulsa in 1971. Having received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1961, Professor Buckley taught at Indiana University and the University of South Dakota before coming to TU. Professor Buckley has served in many administrative capacities during his tenure at TU. He was chair of the department from 1971 to 1981, Director of Graduate Studies in History from 1985 to 1995, and Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 1995 to 1999 to name just a few of these positions.
Professor Buckley’s research has focused on twentieth-century American diplomatic history with an emphasis on US relations with East Asia. For his first book, The United States and the Washington Conference, 1921-1922 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1970) Professor Buckley received the 1971 National Phi Alpha Theta Prize for the best first book by a historian. The University of Tennessee Press also published his second book, co-authored with Edwin B. Strong, American Foreign and National Security Policies, 1914-1945 in 1987. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Professor Buckley received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1986 and a Non-Western International Studies Grant from the Ford Foundation in 1988 and 1989.
Generations of students remember Professor Buckley’s classes in American diplomatic and recent US political history for their intellectual rigor and the professor’s incisive wit. Professor Buckley has also devoted much of his time to the history department’s graduate program. In addition to the many grad students in his classes, he has also willingly guided innumerable masters’ theses. As testimony to his success in the classroom, Professor Buckley has received just about every teaching award that TU has to offer. But, just as important, Professor Buckley spends many hours listening to the variety of concerns that students bring to him, and in each case he offers them support and helpful advice. For all of these reasons, Professor Buckley was nominated for the American Historical Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2008.
At the end of this academic year, Professor Buckley will be retiring from TU. To honor him for his dedication as a teacher and scholar, a group of his former students will be sponsoring a symposium in April 2009 at TU. While we are delighted that Professor Buckley will soon enjoy a much-deserved rest from his labors, all of his colleagues and students will miss him very much.