Szymczak honored by Polish American Studies journal

November 18, 2011

Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of the Swastek Award given by the Editorial Board of the Polish American Studies journal in recognition of the best article that appeared in the publication in the past year.

Szymczak was honored for his article, "Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952,” which appeared in the journal, Vol. LXVII, No. 2 (Autumn 2010), pp. 5-33. He will receive the award in January at the awards ceremony hosted by the Polish Consulate in Chicago.

The award was announced by Stephen M. Leahy, second vice president and awards committee chair of the Polish American Historical Association.
Szymczak is the recipient of numerous honors within Penn State, including the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award, and the Penn State Commonwealth College Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, he is a three-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award.

Szymczak joined Beaver campus in 1983 and during that time has taught a wide variety of courses, including History of the Holocaust 1933-1945, History of Fascism and Nazism, and History of the Soviet Union.

He holds a doctorate in modern world history from Carnegie Mellon University; a doctorate in recent American history and politics from Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University. In addition, he has a master’s degree in history/international relations and a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from West Virginia University and holds a certificate of study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Szymczak can be reached at or 724-773-3895.

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Last Updated November 21, 2011