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Dr. Leland Estes

Associate Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of History
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 135
Office Hours: W 11a-1p; 2:30-4p
Phone: (714) 997-6550
The University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Los Angeles, Master of Arts
University of Chicago, Ph.D.

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Since the last program review in the 2007/2008 academic year, students in my Integrated Senior Seminar courses (HIST 496 and 498) have won an exceptionally large number of local, regional and national research paper prizes for their senior seminar papers. They have won 12 of 19 university-wide Leatherby Libraries Undergraduate Research Prizes offered since the inception of this award in 2008 including all but one of the first place awards. In addition, since 2007 these same senior seminar students have won 11 of 20 research paper prizes at the annual Southern California Regional Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) Conferences.  Finally, in 2009 one of my senior seminar students won the Nels Andrew Clevens Research Paper Prize from the national office of Phi Alpha Theta and the following year won the first Frederick J. Cunningham Prize for an undergraduate research paper from the American Historical Association. In addition to these research paper prizes, 5 of my students gave papers at the National Biennial Convention of Phi Alpha Theta at Santa Ana Puebla, New Mexico in 2008 and 7 at the same convention in San Diego in 2010.  In 2008 I founded our online student history journal, Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Journal.  I have been the faculty advisor since then.  In 2009 Voces Novae won the Gerald D. Nash Best Electronics Journal Prize from Phi Alpha Theta, an award it won for a second time in 2011.  I initiated and acted as faculty advisor on the 150th Anniversary Oral History Project, a video interview history of the last 40 years of Chapman University, which was published in the summer 2011 issue of Voces Novae.  I also founded and am still faculty advisor for our in-house Alpha Mu Gamma History Conference, which we have held every March since 2009, and designed our new methodology course, The Historian as a Sleuth, which the department launched in the fall of 2012.  From the summer of 2008 to the summer of 2012, I taught a travel/study course called The Grand Tour which took students to Rome, Paris and London.  Many students did senior seminar research while along with me. I  have won numerous teaching awards in the last six years including an university-wide Teaching Excellence Award in 2008, the first university-wide Pedagogical Innovation Award in 2010, the first Wilkinson College Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, also in 2010, and the first university-wide Teaching Mentor Award (with stipend) in 2011, which was renewed in 2012.  Finally, I was awarded the first university-wide Outstanding Teaching Professorship for 2011-2013, which also includes a considerable stipend. I have been researching, writing and revising a book-length manuscript, The Feminization of Politics in the Age of Oligarchy, 1720-1760, for possible publication.

Lee Estes,  Associate Professor of History who specializes in British History. Dr. Estes received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and joined the faculty of Chapman University in 1985. He is founding member of Chapman University's London Summer Program that offers a range of courses that bring students to one of the most exciting cities in the world, including Dr. Estes's course in Historical London.  Dr. Estes regularly teaches courses in British History and Film, Modern British History, Western Civilization, the Middle Ages, Modern Europe, and Western Intellectual Thought. In the spring, 2005, Dr. Estes provided the mentorship that enabled two history majors to present the findings of their senior seminar papers at a professional historical conference.