Paul J. Zbiek, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Geography
tel.: 570) 208-5900 Ext. 5751
fax: (570) 208-5988
Ph.D.: Kent State University, 1987
M.A.: East Stroudsburg University, 1982
B.A.: King's College, 1973
1988-Present: King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA;
1988-1996: Assistant Professor;
1996-2002: Associate 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
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
UPPER LEVEL AND GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
American Social History
Urban and Community Studies
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)
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.
"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 Pennsylvanias 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.