Robert Grogin

Master Teacher Award - Fall 1995

Professor Grogin joined the Department of History during the 1966-67 academic year. He received his Doctoral degree from New York University in 1969. He was tenured in the Department in 1971, and promoted to Associate Professor that same year.

For over twenty-five years, Professor Grogin's fame as an undergraduate teacher has been so great that his students have encouraged their friends to take his classes or to attend some of his lectures. His ability to communicate his subject to others is characterized by his extraordinary adept, even inspired, manner. Professor Grogin has been described as the quintessential master lecturer and the qualities that mark his work as a teacher include perspicuity, accessibility, eloquence without populism, affection without condescension, and authority without pomp. While Professor Grogin has devoted most of his energies to teaching, he has not neglected scholarship. His book on French philosopher Henri Bergson has been widely reviewed and the reviewers were unanimous in their praise. His current book on the Cold War, intended for undergraduate students, should help to illuminate a complex epoch.

As a teacher, Professor Grogin has always wanted his students to do more than merely memorize the cold data of the historical record. He has wanted them to grasp the philosophical ideas underpinning the development of historical events. His lectures are packed with information that is infused with the grace of understanding. He has the unique ability to communicate very complicated ideas in a simple and entertaining manner. Without relaxing scholarly standards, Professor Grogin sets high standards for his students but allows them to pursue topics that will provide personal benefit and assist them to achieve intellectual growth in areas of personal interest.