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Ettinger receives Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson commencement


POTSDAM - Laura E. Ettinger, an associate professor of history in Clarkson University’s School of Arts & Sciences, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award during the University’s 120th commencement ceremony.

Ettinger teaches courses in modern American history, the history of medicine and science, gender studies, and oral history. She was a previous winner of the Outstanding New Teacher Award.

Ettinger’s scholarly work has focused on the history of women, gender, and the medical, scientific, and technological professions in the United States, with a particular focus on nurse-midwifery.

Ettinger’s book, Nurse-Midwifery: The Birth of a New American Profession, was published in 2006 by Ohio State University Press. This study was the first book-length examination of the topic. It was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

Ettinger’s current research focuses on the history of women and gender in the professions. She is working on a project on the history of women and gender in engineering since the 1960s. Her most recent publication is an article in collaboration with a 2013 Clarkson graduate on the history of a Clarkson professional fraternity that fought against prevailing gender norms in the 1970s by admitting women.

In 2012, Ettinger was a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Rijeka in Rijeka, Croatia.

Ettinger is committed to historical scholarship that reaches beyond the academy. She is on the board of the Ultimate History Project (an on-line journal) and the Potsdam Public Museum, and she was on the program committee for a recent National Council on Public History Annual Meeting.

Ettinger has served on many University committees, including the University’s Strategic Planning Team, the Gender Issues Committee, and the Pre-Health Professions Committee, and moderated the 2012 Convocation on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Ettinger has been a faculty member in the department since 1998. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, her M.A. from the University of Rochester, and her A.B. from Vassar College, Phi Beta Kappa, all in history.

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