The Ohio State University at Lima

Associate Dean Gilmore retires

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Allison B. Gilmore, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of History, retires from her administrative post June 30, 2015. 

Gilmore began her career at The Ohio State University at Lima in 1991. Since then, she has delved into the history of World War II in the Pacific, served as the History program coordinator, written an internationally acclaimed book, and inspired countless numbers of students in the classroom. Her classroom efforts were recognized with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000.

Gilmore was the Ohio State University faculty liaison for two Teaching American History Grants awarded through the U.S. Department of Education totaling more than $1.9 million. She also helped shepherd two Ohio Chautauqua performances on campus, and two homegrown history experiences: Ohio and Its People, and WWII: Morale at Home and Abroad

Her area of expertise is American military history. She is the author of You Can’t Fight Tanks with Bayonets: Allied Psychological Warfare against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Southwest Pacific, a study of Allied propaganda operations designed to undermine Japanese military morale during the Pacific War. Gilmore teaches courses on American history, military history, comparative Asia, and modern Japan. She was awarded the Ohio State Lima Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999 and the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000.

Gilmore plans to take some time off, including a family trip to Hawaii, before returning to the classroom in 2016. She will also be contributing to Writing Toyko, a documentary about Japanese American linguists translating propaganda from Japan during World War II. It is a follow up to the 2004 documentary Calling Toyko about Allied radio broadcasters sending propaganda to the Japanese home islands.

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