Instructor Bill Jordan honored for excellence, service

The New England History Teachers Association names him the 2020 recipient of the Horace Kidger Award.

March 7, 2021

Instructor in History Bill Jordan has been awarded the Horace Kidger Award for dedication to his field and for inspiring the next generation of historians.

The Kidger Award, bestowed by the New England History Teachers Association, has been awarded annually since 1952 to recognize excellence in teaching, research, writing and service to the history profession.

Jordan has taught history at Exeter since the fall of 1997. He has published a book on history, Black Newspapers and America's War for Democracy, 1914-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2001), as well as articles and reviews in journals, including the Journal of American History and the American Historical Review.

He was nominated by his students and his nomination was confirmed by colleagues. In the announcement, the NEHTA board quoted one of Jordan’s colleagues, who said, “Bill is an educator. Teaching is not his job; it’s his identity. He reads widely, thinks deeply, and engages passionately with history and contemporary political discourse.”