May 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

Uhalde Wins Distinguished Mentor Award from Honors Tutorial College

Dr. Kevin Uhalde

Dr. Kevin Uhalde

The Ohio University Honors Tutorial College recently selected Dr. Kevin Uhalde, Associate Professor of History, as one of the recipients of the 2017-18 Distinguished Mentor Award.

This honor recognizes “faculty tutors whose work as thesis directors not only produces outstanding HTC thesis projects but also creates exceptional mentoring relationships.”

During the 2017-18 academic year, Uhalde worked with HTC History major Francisco Cintrón on his senior thesis, titled “‘Immersed in the Snares of Apostasy’: Martyrdom and Dissent in Early Al-Andalus.”

Cintrón’s thesis analyzes the role of the Islamic legal system in the voluntary martyrdoms of 52 Christians during the 850s. Cintrón also won a Fulbright Research Fellowship to pursue his studies in Spain next year, working in part with Dr. Santiago Castellanos (Universidad de León), a long-time colleague of Uhalde.

“Dr. Uhalde’s advising has taught me that my success will never be measured in sleepless nights or formalities; similarly, I’ve learned that working with people I enjoy being around (and on topics I truly feel passionate about) has a huge impact on the quality of my work and how that work influences the rest of my life. Knowing this has completely enhanced my thesis journey and will forever inform my future endeavors,” said Cintrón in his nomination of Uhalde.

Since joining the History Department in 2002, Uhalde has offered numerous tutorials to HTC students from a variety of majors on topics including “History, Philosophy, and Biography,” “Jerusalem in Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages,” and “Medieval Ireland.” In addition to supervising Cintrón’s thesis this spring, Uhalde taught a tutorial on the “History of Early Christianity.”

Uhalde will offer HIST 3520 Roman Law & Society in Fall 2018 before conducting research of his own during a Faculty Fellowship Leave in the spring. He also takes over as History’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, a position he held before during 2007-10.

For more on Uhalde’s teaching and research interests, visit his department website.

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