Faculty Profile

Tom Mandeville

T. R. Mandeville

Professor - History and Political Science

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M.A. Political Science & American History, Bowling Green State University
B.A. Political Science & American History (Cum Laude), Eastern Michigan University

Courses Taught:

America in the Sixties, American Government and Politics, American Historical Myths, Constitutional Law, Early American History to 1865, History of the American West, History of the Civil Rights Movement, History of the U.S. Civil War, History of the Vietnam War, Honors Seminars (History of the Champlain Valley 1609-1860 & Paradox of Freedom), Modern American History, Native American History, Senior Seminar: Political Persuasion, and State and Local Government.

Academic Background and Interests

I have received and implemented numerous grants, some of which include the Hulda B. McLennan Bequest for teaching History of the Champlain Valley, grants from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to coordinate summer historical workshops, twenty-six grants from the South Lake Champlain Trust to coordinate workshops on topics ranging from the regional wars (French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812) to prominent historical persons in the region (Benedict Arnold, Theodore Roosevelt, etc.), and a grant from Ward Lumber Company to coordinate Exploring the Adirondacks. I also participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities workshop War of 1812 in the Great Lakes and Western Territories. 

I have served as the delegate representing Clinton Community College to the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges and as a board member of the Clinton Community College Faculty Student Association. I currently serve as the Clinton Community College Campus Liaison Officer for the New York State Senate Undergraduate Assistants Program and as a Founding Advisory Board Member of the Clinton Community College Center for Governance.

I am also an active member of the community; I am currently a member of the Lake Champlain Scenic Byways Clinton County Advisory Committee, a member of the Northern Consortium SUNY Native American Initiative, a honorary lifetime member of the North Country Vietnam Veterans Association, a board member of Clinton Essex Franklin Library System, a member of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, and serve as a Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Reenactor.

Personal Interests and Hobbies

I like to spend my spare time fishing, gardening, birdwatching, cooking, playing fantasy baseball and football, and watching and rooting for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, and the University of Michigan.

Keys to Success

This is a college and you must take every course you take very seriously; this means you will be extremely busy! I am not trying to intimidate or scare you; I have a great deal of college teaching experience (30 years) and the basic facts are that college courses are not easy, nor should they be! If obtaining a college degree was extremely easy and effortless, then it would be meaningless, and everyone would possess a college degree, but only 34% of Americans have a four-year college degree. Regular class attendance, thorough note taking, and keeping up with the readings are essential for success in all of my courses.