Galveston, October 14 – The East Texas Historical Association presented its prestigious Ottis Lock Endowment Award for Educator of the Year to Professor Jeffrey Littlejohn of the Department of History of Sam Houston State University at the Fall Convention of the Society on October 14, 2017, in Galveston. Littlejohn lives in The Woodlands with his family.
The Ottis Lock Endowment Award honors outstanding teaching or the best book on East Texas each year, and awards research grants for the recipient to further his or her research on East Texas history. The Award is very similar to a MacArthur Research Grant in that regard, because it seeks to foster further research by its very talented recipient.
Founded in 1962 on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, the East Texas Historical Association works for the preservation and enhancement of East Texas’ great historical heritage and welcomes all individuals as members who share its vision and interests.
During the Fall Convention, Littlejohn presented a paper on the horrific Cabiness family lynching near Huntsville, Texas, in 1918.
ETHA President George Cooper presented the Award to Littlejohn at the Association’s Annual Business Luncheon.
Littlejohn is a Professor of History at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). A native of Dallas, Texas, and a devoted Cowboys fan (as unfortunate as that may be), he completed his undergraduate degree at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas. His first book — co-authored with Charles H. Ford — was entitled Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk’s Public Schools and appeared with the University of Virginia Press in 2012. In 2015, Littlejohn coauthored and co-edited “The Enemy Within Never Did Without”: German and Japanese Prisoners of War at Camp Huntsville, Texas, 1942-1945. He has also teamed up with History Department graduate and undergraduate students to develop numerous digital projects, including East Texas History, HistoricalMX, and the Living History Podcast.