Paul J. Zbiek, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Geography

King's College
Wilkes-Barre, PA
tel.: 570) 208-5900 Ext. 5751
fax:  (570)  208-5988
e-mail: pjzbiek@gw02.kings.edu


EDUCATION

Ph.D.: Kent State University, 1987

M.A.: East Stroudsburg University, 1982

B.A.: King's College, 1973


EMPLOYMENT (ACADEMIC)

1988-Present: King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA; 

1988-1996: Assistant Professor; 
1996-2002: Associate Professor;  
2002-present: Professor

1998: Temple University, Adjunct Professor in Sociology

1988: East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA; Instructor in History

1985-1988: Keystone College, La Plume, PA, Lecturer in Social Science

1982-1985: Kent State University, Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in History


EMPLOYMENT (ADMINISTRATIVE)

1997-present: Department Chairperson, History Department, King's College

1997-1999: Faculty Chairperson, King's College


AREAS OF INTEREST AND RESEARCH

United States Ethnic History and Studies

History and Sociology of Sport

History and Sociology of Popular Culture

Geographic History


UPPER LEVEL AND GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT

American Ethnicity

American Social History

Urban and Community Studies

Cultural Geography

Social Theory

Research and Methodology

Social Science Curriculum Development (Graduate)


HONORS AND AWARDS

Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker, 1998-present

Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations Honorable Mention Award, for Luzerne County: History of the People and Culture, 1996

League of Women Voters Pioneering Women Research Grant Project Director, 1995

Who's Who in the East, 24th and 25th Editions

Keystone Junior College Faculty Development Award, 1988

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Research Stipend, 1998

The University Fellowship, Kent State University, 1986

KSU Graduate Senate Research Award, 1986

Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History

Delta Epsilon Sigma, Honor Society of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy

Alpha Sigma Lambda, National Honor Society for Adult Learner (Honorary Member)


SCHOLARSHIP

Books:

The Jews of Wilkes-Barre: 150 Years in the Wyoming Valley. Wilkes-Barre, PA: JCC, 1999. Principal co-author with Marjorie Levin, ed., et al.

Luzerne County: The History of the People and Culture. Lancaster, PA: Strategic Publications), 1994.

Geographic Utilization, Ethnicity and Assimilation in a Rural American Society: Dushore, Pennsylvania: 1815-1870. Under review at Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY.

Book Articles and Chapters:

"Coal, Steel and Gridiron: Scholastic Football in the Pittsburgh Area," Upcoming in Sport in the Pittsburgh Area. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

"European Immigration to the United States: 1892-1943," Racial and Ethnic Relations in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1999.

"Polish Americans," Racial and Ethnic Relations in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1999.

"Olympic Games of 1964," The Sixties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1998.

"Eastern and Southern European Immigration, Encyclopedia of North American History. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 1997.

"Anthracite Coal Strike," Encyclopedia of North American History. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 1997.

"Multiculturalism," Encyclopedia of Contemporary Social Issues. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 1996.

"Situation Comedies Dominate TV Programming," Great Events in History: Arts and Culture. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1993.

"Dragnet is the First Widely Popular Police Show," Great Events in History: Arts and Culture, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1993.


Journal and Proceedings Articles:

"The Ethnic Heritage of the Wyoming Valley," The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Last 100 Years, 1993 edition.

"Wyoming Valley: The Legacy of Adversity and Diversity," Proceedings, Wyoming Commemorative Association, 1993.

Abstract of "Coal Towns and Gridiron: The Development of Scholastic Football and Community Consciousness in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region," NAASH Abstracts, 1991.

"Products of the Land: Geography and Ethnicity in Two Northeastern Pennsylvania Communities," Middle Atlantic Historical Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Proceedings, 1991.

Book review of An American History Primer, Richard L. Mumford. Thinking Skills Newsletter, Fall 1990.

"The Importance of High School Sports in Northeastern Pennsylvania," The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Last 100 Years, 1989 edition.

"Bibliographic Essay on Slavic-Americans in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Ethnic Studies Newsletter, Spring, 1988.

Conference Presentations:

"The Coal Mining Heritage of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Its Impact on Higher Education," Holy Cross History Association, Fifteenth Annual Conference, Wilkes-Barre, PA, June 1996.

"A Town and Its Team: Scholastic Basketball and Community Development and Decline in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania," North American Society for Sport History, Twenty-first Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, May, 1993.

"The Ethnic Heritage of the Wyoming Valley," The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania The Last 100 Years, Fourth Annual Conference, Nanticoke, PA, October, 1992.

"Coal Towns and Gridiron: The Development of Community Consciousness and Scholastic Football in Pennsylvania‚s Anthracite Region," North American Society for Sport History, Nineteenth Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, May 1991.

"Geography and the Ethnic Experience: A Comparison of a Coal Mining Community and an Agricultural Community," Middle Atlantic Historical Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Seventeenth Annual Conference, Scranton, PA, March 1991.

"The Importance of High School Sports in Northeastern Pennsylvania," The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Last 100 Years, First Annual Conference, Nanticoke, PA, October 1989.

"Pennsylvania-Germans in an Allegheny Highland Community: New Perspectives on German-American Ethnicity," Society for German American Studies, Twelfth Annual Symposium, Millersville, PA, April 1988.

"The Effects of the War on Poverty on the Economic, Political and Social Structure of Appalachia: A Study in the Failure to Break Down the Forces of Power and Domination in an Internal Colonialism Model," Pennsylvania Political Science Association, 1985 Conference, Huntingdon, PA, April 1985.


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