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Donald G. Nieman, a historian whose specialty is law and race relations and civil rights in the United States, became dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in 2008, after serving as dean of arts and sciences at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for eight years. An Iowa native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drake University. He earned his PhD at Rice University, where he developed a passion for teaching and research and a deep commitment to balancing discovery and mentoring.
Nieman taught at Kansas State University, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and Clemson University before becoming professor and chair of the History Department at Bowling Green in 1994. He was promoted to dean there in 2000.
All Rights Reserved Jonathan Heisler 2013
This is Prof. Don Neiman. I took a few history classes with him and can say without a doubt that he is one of Binghamton University’s most valued assets. As the Dean of Students, he still took the time in one of my classes (African-American History since 1848) to act as the Teaching Assistant, getting real teaching time with his students. That class was a difficult one, a class were we learned about the true oppressive history America has dealt against African-Americans. Neiman allowed racial tensions to appropriately be recognized, and worked with us to come to an understanding of how we could use history to improve black-white relations, starting in the classroom.
He is simply amazing and I implore anyone at BU to take a class with him even if it has nothing to do with your major.