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Edward W. Holmes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0021


Edward W. Holmes was a professor at Towson State College (now Towson University) from 1971 to 1999 where be became the chairman of the Elementary Education Department in 1975, and then in 1991 assumed the post of coordinator for the Elementary Education Master of Education program. This collection consists of materials related to Dr. Edward W. Holmes’ career at Towson University. It includes correspondence, his dissertation, personal documents, working files, and promotion and tenure materials which include course listings, student evaluations, letters of commendation, and faculty annual reports.


  • Creation: 1971-2001, undated


Biographical Note

Edward W. Holmes was born November 1, 1939 in Post Chester, New York. He graduated in 1963 from State University College in Oneonta, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He then graduated from State University College in Cortland, N.Y. with a Master of Science in Education in 1968. In 1975 he received his Ph.D. from University of Maryland in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum. He moved his family moved from New York to Maryland in 1969 because he was offered a fellowship position at University of Maryland. He then began teaching at Towson State College in 1971. Mr. Holmes was able to teach two summer courses before formally starting in the fall. In 1973, Mr. Holmes was recommended tenure and in December of 1974, he was recommended by the Elementary Education Department Promotions Committee to be promoted to Associate Professor. In 1979 he was promoted to Professor. During his time at Towson, Holmes taught many classes, including Foundations in Education, Student Teaching in Elementary School, Elementary Curriculum, and Introduction to Special Education: K-12, Elementary Reading, and Introduction to Human Relations. Along with teaching courses, Holmes also supervised field experiences in teaching. In the spring semester of 1985, Holmes went on sabbatical and was a consultant at the Lida Lee Tall Resources Center on campus. He went on sabbatical again in the fall of 1994 where he was a Senior Fellow for the Association of Student Teachers in Reston VA. Holmes was a part of many committees and associations related to the Education Department at Towson State College. They are including but not limited to the Irene M. Steele Most Promising Teacher Award Committee, Careers in Education Instructional Team, Promotion & Tenure Committee, and was the chair starting in 1988. Holmes also served on committees and projects outside of Towson State College. He served on the Baltimore County Board of Education from 1981 to 1988. During his time serving on the Board, he was a part of many committees such as Central Area Educational Advisory Council, Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council, New Teacher Program, and the Assistant Superintendent Interview Team. In May of 1975, Mr. Holmes was selected as the Chairman of the Elementary Education Department. In 1989 Mr. Holmes was elected to the Promotions and Tenure committee. In 1991 he became the coordinator for the Elementary Education Master of Education Program. In July of 1999, Holmes retired from the University after 28 years of service.


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Guide to the Edward W. Holmes papers
Created by Jeanne Holland. Revised and transferred to ArchivesSpace by John Esh.
2014, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Albert S. Cook Library
8000 York Rd
Towson MD 21252 United States