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Janet L. Schmelzer

Janet L. Schmelzer, American history professor, researcher. Fellow, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, 1980; Moody fellow, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, 1979.


  • Schmelzer, Janet L. was born on December 7, 1950 in Milwaukee. Daughter of Robert Benjamin and Jessie Mae (Brady) Schmelzer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, 1973. Master of Arts in History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy in American History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, 1978.


    • Instructor Temple (Texas) Junior College, Texas, 1978—1979. Assistant professor Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, 1979—1980. Visiting assistant professor Texas Technology University, Lubbock, 1980—1982.

      Assistant professor University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1982—1983. Professor Tarleton State University, Stephenville, since 1983.


    • Author: Where the West Begins, 1985. Co-author: Texas United States of America, 1996.


    Pacifists should be honored because they do not allow us to become complacent about war and violence.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Through Jesus' death on the cross, and his resurrection, the power of evil in the world is broken.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Small groups inside the Methodist Church should be developed. Thus all members of “societies” could receive support and be challenged in their faith.


    President Southwestern History Association, 1992—1993, Erath County Women's Plit. Caucus, 1987—1988; Member of Texas Faculty Association (president since 2004), East Texas History Association, Southern History Association, Texas State Teachers Association (board directors), Texas State History Association (Distinguished Speaker 2005, Coral H. Tullis award 1993), Southwestern Social Science Association (president 2001-2002), Phi Alpha Theta (international advisory board 1995-1999), Delta Zeta.


    • Married Charles H. Woods III, June 28, 1998.
    • father: Robert Benjamin Schmelzer
    • mother: Jessie Mae (Brady) Schmelzer
    • spouse: Charles H. Woods III
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    Born December 7, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1973
      Texas Christian University
    • 1975
      Texas Christian University
    • 1978
      Texas Christian University
    • 1978 - 1979
      Instructor, Temple (Texas) Junior College
      Texas, United States
    • 1979 - 1980
      assistant, professor Sam Houston State University
      Huntsville, Texas, United States
    • 1980 - 1982
      visiting assistant, professor Texas Technology University
      Lubbock, Texas, United States
    • 1982 - 1983
      assistant, professor University Nebraska
      Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
    • 1983
      professor, Tarleton State University
      Stephenville, Texas, United States