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Stakeman Receives Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff

Story posted June 13, 2001

Randolph Stakeman, associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin, was named the recipient of the 38th annual Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, presented at Reunion Convocation Saturday, June 2.

The award was established in 1963 by the Alumni Council and is presented “for service and devotion to Bowdoin, recognizing that the College in a larger sense includes both students and alumni.”

Professor Stakeman is a leading scholar on African colonialism and the history of African-Americans in Maine, and served as a consultant for a 1994 documentary film Anchor of the Soul, which explored the history of African-American culture in the state.

He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1978, and he has served as director of Afro-American/Africana Studies since 1989. To students of color at Bowdoin, Professor Stakeman has been an advisor and mentor, offering career and personal advice with a warm sense of humor.

His work outside the classroom has led to notable improvements in campus life. He was instrumental in creating the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which provides enrichment for students of color seeking careers in academia; and the Hewlett Pluralism and Unity Project, designed to promote dialogue about race and campus culture. He helped establish the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Off-Campus Study Program in Cape Town, South Africa, and taught there in the summer and fall of 2000.

He has served as Acting Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the faculty representative to the Board of Overseers, and as a member of the 1980 Presidential Search Committee, the Strategic Planning Task Force, and the Presidential Committee on Race Relations.

He is a former trustee of the Maine Historical Society and has earned the National Fellowships Fund Middle East and Africa Research Fellowship for Black Americans, as well as National Defense Foreign Language grants. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Stanford University.

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