USD professor honored by national history organization

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Clayton Lehmann, Ph.D., a professor of history at The University of South Dakota, was recently honored at the Phi Alpha Theta national conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Lehmann was recognized for his years of service to USD, the State of South Dakota and Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history.

Since arriving at USD in 1988, Lehmann has organized the annual Student History Conference for the northern plains region. Close to 100 undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities within a 150-mile radius attend the Student History Conference at USD to present and evaluate papers.

Lehmann earned his bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, his master’s degree from the University of Maryland and his PhD from the University of Chicago. Lehmann teaches Western Civilization, ancient and medieval history, and the history of the Renaissance and Reformation. His research includes archaeological excavation at Caesarea in Israel. He has published book reviews and articles about Greek history, Roman and late Roman epigraphy, and archaeology at Caesarea. He has also co-authored the corpus of inscriptions from Caesarea.

Phi Alpha Theta was established at the University of Arkansas in 1921.  Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas. About three dozen annual regional meetings provide forums for undergraduate and graduate students to present papers and exchange ideas while advancing Phi Alpha Theta’s fellowship and the historical profession in general. Since its inauguration, Phi Alpha Theta has grown to more than 839 chapters in 50 states, more than any other accredited four-year college honor society. The total number of initiates since 1921 is more than 281,000.