SCF History Professor Promoted to Associate Professor

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 11, 2018)—Historian Philip Travis has been promoted to an associate professor of history at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) after serving as an assistant professor for three years. Travis, who holds a doctorate in history from Washington State University specializing in U.S. international relations and world history, has launched a public access television program “Lectures in History” since joining the faculty at SCF.

Travis is the author of the 2017 book “Reagan's War on Terrorism in Nicaragua: The Outlaw State.” He also is the author of several peer-reviewed articles with the “Oxford Encyclopedia of Latin American History”and the “Journal of Terrorism Research.”

He has been a guest on several radio programs and podcasts including “Origins: Current Events in History Perspective,”hosted by The Ohio State University history department. The program "From the Cold War to the War on Terror" also can be found on the National Public Radio website.

Travis, who has interviewed Nobel Prize Recipient and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias in San Jose, Costa Rica, introduced "Lectures in History" in 2018. The program can be found on Manatee Educational Television (METV). The program is filmed in class and is a curriculum-based lecture series about major anniversaries in history. The first edition was on the 100th anniversary of World War I. The second edition, filmed this month, is based on 1968 and the height of the Vietnam War. Travis also is one of the organizers of SCF’s faculty lecture series.

“Dr. Philip Travis has shared his knowledge of history with his students as well as the community. He presented a book talk at the Bradenton Kiwanis Club and appeared twice on Sarasota Public Radio 96.5 FM's Peace and Justice Report,” said Suzanne Bechtol, chair of social and behavioral sciences. “We are fortunate to have history faculty like Dr. Travis who are innovative, engaging, and impactful to SCF’s students.”

To view Travis’ lecture on the first World War, visit METV’s youtube channel. For more information about SCF, visit

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