Today, 6 September, Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite, officially assumes directorship of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. Dr. Finley-Croswhite is Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she has held many positions since 1991 including Chair of History and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. She thus brings deep experience in directing operations of academic institutions. The Mission of the Society, with its worldwide membership of 170 academics, practitioners and supporters, is to promote research, scholarship and publication in the history of maritime and naval medicine.
Professor Finley-Croswhite says that she is looking forward to energizing and expanding the Society’s programs. These include:
• Sponsoring papers panels at academic meetings
• The Society’s Graduate / Professional Student Travel Grant program, which pays a stipend for students whose papers are accepted for presentation at Society panels
• The Society’s Graduate / Professional Student Research Grant program, which pays up to $1,500 to support original historical research in the area of maritime / navy medicine
• The Society’s ebook subvention program
Professor Finley-Croswhite also plans to institute a new program, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine Book Prize, a biennial award to the author of a notable book on the history of navy / maritime medicine.
The Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, receives tax deductible gifts and Society dues-donations for the benefit of the Society’s programs.
Our new Executive Director says:
I take over today as your Executive Director of the Society
for the History of Navy Medicine. I’m pleased to be able to serve in this office and want to grow the Society over the next few years. Tom Snyder has already mentioned some of the programs I hope to re-energize or develop.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up mostly in Virginia (outside Washington, D.C.) and earned a BA from the University of Richmond and a PhD from Emory University. I have been at Old Dominion University in the port-town of Norfolk, Virginia since 1991 where I am a full Professor of History. My specialization as an historian is in the area of religious violence, particularly in France in the sixteenth century. For the past several years I’ve been working on Holocaust history and have been fortunate to work quite a bit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. But how does that connect me to Navy Medicine? One of my teaching fields is the History of Medicine and some years ago as Chair of my Department of History, I led the faculty to develop a maritime focus for the Department and we hired our first maritime historian. From there I became interested in sailors’ health in the early modern context, and this led me to Tom Snyder. I was one of the very early members of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine and have held the post of Vice-President of the Foundation since 2008.
I look forward to an exciting year. We need to soon identify a conference in which we can participate and present papers. As a scholar I am most interested in advancing our research focus.
It is an honor to be named your Executive Director. What makes this society significant is its interdisciplinarity. We are an integrative organization linking scholars and researchers in the field of history with medical professionals in the U.S. Navy, uniting historians focused on STEM research with doctors and nurses interested in the humanities. I look forward to working with you.
Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.