Department of History
Associate Professor; Director of the WCU Mountain Heritage Center (MHC)
Phone: 828-227-7129 (MHC); 828-227-3907 (history department)
Office Address: HFR 151 (MHC); McKee 204B
Dr. Philyaw earned his B.A. from WCU, his M.A. from the College of William and Mary, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Director of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, Philyaw is a specialist in the colonial and revolutionary periods. He also has strong interests in early American Material Culture and public history. He published Virginia's Western Visions: Cultural and Political Expansion on an Early American Frontier with the University of Tennessee Press in 2004. His essays have appeared in A Companion to George Washington, Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés, After the Backcountry: Rural Life in the Great Valley of Virginia, 1800-1900, and The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.
Dr. Philyaw received the Hunter Scholar Award in 2000-2001, Mellon Fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society (1992, 1998), and an Archie K. Davis Fellowship (2000). He won the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award in 2002, the Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006, and WCU’s Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award in 2006. In 2003, he served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Summer Institute in the Decorative Arts at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem.
- History 341: "North Carolina History"
- History 431/531: "Colonial America"
- History 432/532: "The Revolutionary Era"
- History 471/571: "Introduction to Public History"
- ASI 250: "Introduction to Appalachian Studies"