Like many departments on campus, Truman State’s history department will be affected by the Baldwin Hall renovations during the 2016-17 school year. With both history classrooms and offices out of commission in Baldwin, the department has been moved to various other buildings.
Kathryn Brammall, history chair and professor, says half of the history faculty have had their offices relocated. Brammall says history made up half of the Social and Cultural Studies faculty housed in Baldwin. She says professors with offices in McClain remained in their offices, but other faculty were moved from Baldwin to Fair Apartments and the General Services Building.
Brammall says having faculty in three buildings has been a bit of a logistical challenge, but the facilities themselves have presented more of a problem. Brammall says some relocated offices have poor lighting and some faculty have to share a single office. She says these offices do not have cleaning assistance and some faculty have discovered mice.
Brammall says once the Baldwin renovation is complete, offices will be closer together, organized in pods. She says in general, the facilities–including lights, bathrooms and air conditioning–will better. Brammall says she is excited for the publishing center which will be housed in Baldwin. Brammall says this center will benefit the Sixteenth Century Journal and Phi Alpha Theta’s student-run journal among other student-run publications.