Charles F. Howlett

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Division: Social Sciences

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

The feeling of appreciation by faculty, students, and administration. It is a college, which encourages the pursuit of truth along with a willingness to foster values that guide us.

What I am working on

  • Completed a new centennial edition with an introduction to the famous Columbia University President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nicholas M. Butler, The International Mind for academic press, Information Age Publishing.
  • Finishing a co-edited reader for the University of Nebraska Press entitled, Patriotic Protest: Peace Activism and Antiwar Dissent during World War 1.
  • Wrote a Preface to a forthcoming book by Arcadia Publishers, Famous South Shore Mansions of Long Island
  • Editing a Special Issue for the academic journal, Peace & Change on the Nuclear Fall-Out Suits of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Contributor to a number of encyclopedia entries for the following publications: Encyclopedia of Western Politics (CQ Press); Encyclopedia of Military History (Sage Publications); Encyclopedia of Reform Movements in America (Facts-on-File); and Encyclopedia of the Mexican War.

Educational Philosophy

Learning is the pursuit of critical inquiry and without it the desire to promote scholarship and  appreciation for understanding will not prosper.

Educational Background

  • Received degrees from Marist College, University at Albany, and Columbia University.
  • Hold a Ph.D. in American Intellectual and Social History
  • A Fulbright Scholar to The Netherlands; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Teaching Fellow; National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Recipient; elected to Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society (Marist College) and Delta Kappa PI Education Honor Society (Columbia U.)
  • Serve on the editorial boards of Peace & Change, Excelsior; Social Science Docket.
  • Consultant to Columbia University Teachers College Encyclopedia of Peace Education

Additional Information

U.S. Military Veteran; currently serving as an officer in the 88th Brigade of the New York Guard (Department of Military and naval Affairs) as well as an Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer. In 2009 was awarded the academy Admissions Liaison Officer of the Year for Northeast United States. 

Favorite books

The Education of Henry Adams; Truman Capote's In Cold Blood; Garrett Mattingly's 1588; Bolt's play, "A Man for All Seasons"; Henry Miller's "The Crucible"; Frederick Lewis Allen's Only Yesterday.

Book published in 2005 awarded "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice.

Author of such books as Troubled Philosopher: John Dewey and the Struggle for World Peace (Kennikat, 1977), co-author of American Historical Association Teaching Pamphlet (1985); American Peace Movement: References and Resources (G.K. Hall, 1991); Brookwood Labor College and the Struggle for Peace and Social Justice (Mellen Press, 1993); co-author of For the People (IAP, 2009); co-author of Books, not Bombs: Teaching Peace since the Dawn of the Republic (IAP, 2010), & editor of Best Practices and Teaching Social Studies Methods to Adolescent Learners, 7-12 (Pearson, 2012), among others.

Author of over 200 encyclopedia entries and more than 100 articles in scholarly and popular journals, including newspapers.