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Emeritus Faculty: Paul Ewing


B.A., University of Toledo

M.A., University of Toledo

At A Glance

Started August 1989

Liberal Studies Core, Western Civ I, II, & III, U.S. History I & II, Intro to Philosophy, Intro to Critical Thinking, English 060, English 100, Conversational Russian, Soviet History, Technology & Human Values, Technology & Human Values, Environmental Crises and Opportunities, Rock Music and American Consciousness, Philosophy of Time, A Sense of Place, AIDS: a Modem Plague, Community Service & Leadership, Lewis and Clark &  the Core of Discovery, The City in Context, Shakespeare on Film, Environmental Crises and Opportunities, Media and Society, & Capstone Portfolio

Department  Liberal Arts, Arts & Humanities
Retired  August 2017

Your College Newspaper (YC)

May 1994

Faculty Appreciation

Students appreciate the following teachers because:

Paul Ewing

.. he prepares a great lecture and puts everything into it. He is always enthusiastic and makes you glad you're here. He even wears costumes!

... he treats each student's ideas with fairness. He is open to differing opinions and views. Paul creates for students a true learning environment.

Additional Information

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  • Nomination materials of faculty for Emeritus status
  • Classes taught by individual Emeritus faculty 
  • Evidence of their superior teaching at YC
  • Their involvement in committee work and special projects
  • Photographs of them during their time at YC
  • List of written works published, public artwork, music written and performed

Yavapai College Career

Over his nearly three decades of service, Professor Ewing was integral to the growth and development of the Verde Campus and his gonzo presence in the classroom and in the community have left an indelible mark on thousands of grateful students and dozens of colleagues.

From registering community members at the local grocery store to lecturing honors students in the. ruins of Athens' agora, Professor Ewing's dedication and enthusiasm were a benchmark for this institution.

Evidence of superior teaching, contributions to the Yavapai College community, and contributions to the communities of Yavapai County is as follows:

Awards:  2006-2007 Outstanding Innovation and Creativity in Teaching, 2007-2008 NISOD Excellence Award

Administration: From 1998-2002 Professor Ewing served as the Liberal Studies Coordinator on the Verde campus. Responsibilities included curriculum decisions, development, and scheduling.

Curriculum Development: With Professor Merrill Glustrom, proposed and implemented "Connections: Media and Society" to fulfill YC's Mission Statement for the existence of the new Student Newspaper.

Implementation of the LSC: Capstone Portfolio class for the Verde Campus

Assessment: PHI 101 course assessment project in conjunction with Nina Perlmutter.

Committee Work: 

  • Faculty Senate, Standards, Faculty Affairs (Secretary for 2 years), Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (SLOA), all from 1989- 2005
  • Liberal Studies Core/General Education Committee, 1989-2008
  • Chair, Faculty Grievance Committee, 2007-2008. Successfully steered a grievance through the rigorous 30-day process, October 2007
  • Personnel Service Review, Retention, Developmental Education, Assessment (core member), Operation Appreciation (Verde), Gerontology Board, Publications Board, 2004-2008
  • History/Political Science Articulation Task Force, 2001-2006
  • Chair, State of Arizona History/Political Science Articulation Task Force 2006-2007. Co-hosted the annual statewide meeting on the Prescott Campus, October 2006.
  • GIFT/Teaching and Learning Committee, 2013-2017
  • Hiring Committees: one dean, one English instructor, two Western Civ instructors, one Geography instructor, and a Director of the Center for Productive Aging
  • New Faculty Peer Review: Participated in the three-year process for three new faculty members.


  • Foundation for Critical Thinking Conference, Sonoma, CA, 1991 Presenter with Carol Hammond, College Reading and Learning Association/ Southwest Association for Developmental Education Conference; Phoenix, AZ, 1992
  • AAHE Assessment/TQI Conference, Chicago, IL, 1993
  • League for Innovation, Technology in Education Conference,
  • Phoenix, Arizona, 1996
  • NISOD's International Conference on Teaching and Leadership
  • Excellence; Austin, TX, May 2008
  • Critical Thinking Conference, Berkeley, California, 2009
  • Student Activities:
  • Founder, Verde Campus Environmental Club.
  • Founder, Verde Free Associates. A club dedicated to discussing controversial topics in current events.
  • Lead Faculty, Banned Books Awareness Week.
  • Chaperone, Student Leadership Board Student Trip to Los Angeles County Art Museum for the "Degenerate Art" exhibit, a partial re­creation of the exhibit Adolf Hitler put together to shame and disgrace modem artists in Germany, 1991
  • Yavapai College Student Newspaper. Resurrected the YC Student Newspaper with Professor Merrill Glustrom. To meet YC's mission statement, Professor Ewing had to develop a course in journalism to justify the existence of the paper. With Professor Glustrom created "Connections: The Media and Society." The paper was up and running in the fall of 1993. Ewing served as advisor from 1994 to 1998 and served on its Publications Board thereafter. He wrote numerous articles and published one political cartoon for the Rough Writer.
  • Chaperone and mentor, College Honors Program Trips: Greece and Italy, 1999; Washington, DC, 2009; Greece and Italy, 2015.
  • Historical Reenactments: Aristotle, Thucydides, Socrates, Brother Paul (14th-century monk), John Colter (mountain man), Comrade Stalin. and "Condom Man" for the course "Connections: AIDS, a Modem Plague"
  • Classroom Situations: "Doing Time in Plato's Cave" and "The Trial of Socrates"

Art Gallery Exhibition: 30 Year Retrospective Show of my Artwork, Verde Campus Art Gallery, Yavapai College, Clarkdale, AZ August-September 2010

Student Art Shows, Verde Campus; every spring in the 90s.

Community Service:

  • Focus Group on Elder Abuse with Attorney General Janet Napolitano: As a member of the Gerontology Board, I attended this meeting in Sedona. I received a thank you letter from the Attorney General. 2001
  • Russian Language Interpreter: Delegation of 15 communication professionals from the Russian Center for Citizen Initiatives visited the Prescott Campus for one day to learn about student journalism at Yavapai. Terence Pratt chaired the visit and I gave the welcoming address in Russian. I accompanied the tour of the campus and used my Russian language skills to smooth the way. November 2002.
  • Served on an ad hoc committee to address the issue of hate speech at Yavapai College, 2016-2017
  • Guest Speaker "Trial of Socrates" Mingus Union High School, 2017

Paul Ewing retired in 2017 and was given Emeritus Faculty status in 2019.

Oral History Interview

Videos & Public Speaking

"Diagnosis Plagiarism" Tutorial Video: Starred as "Mr. Teacher" in Yavapai College's award-winning documentary, "Diagnosis Plagiarism." March 2010

"Can You Accept the Challenge?" Commencement Address at Oak Creek Ranch School; May 1991

"Arm Chair Travel to Russia" lecture for Verde Campus "Older is Better Series, May 1991

Verde Valley Campus Faculty Commencement Address, May 1998

Host Speaker for Women's History Lyceum's showing of film

"Equality: A History of the Women's Movement in America," 2001

"Socrates' Commencement Address" First Graduation for Old Dominion University's Verde Valley Campus, December 2002

"Technology, Distance Learning, and Education," Videotaped interview with Thatcher Bohrman, February 2003

Verde Valley Campus Faculty Commencement Address, May 2007

"Transition" Address to the Y.C. Foundation, May 2008

"Comrade Stalin" for "Older is Better Series"

"Hubris, Empire, and War: The Nemeses of Athenian Democracy" for OLLI' s Brown Bag Brain Buzz, April 2015

"Compass Points Theory of American History" 10 Minute Video Produced by YC's Public Information Department, 2010

"All Quiet on the Eastern Front: The Untold History of Russia in World War I." Yavapai College's Interdisciplinary Symposium on World War I. November 6 and 8, 2014.

"Adventures of the Mind" Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, Faculty Speaker, 2015

Additional Photographs