Before becoming a historian, Allison Hepler was a journalist, a printer, and a house builder. History was something she became excited about almost accidentally when she took an introductory-level US History course at night at the University of Maine at Augusta, 15 years after she’d graduated from college. She persuaded her husband to sell the dream house they’d built, flew through graduate school in Philadelphia, came back to Maine and landed a job at UMF in 1994. When not teaching at, or commuting to, UMF from her midcoast home, she messes about with boats at Rob's boatshop, is an elected official, works at her friend’s woodworking tool store, and tries hard to keep her elderly cars road-worthy. She’s currently writing a book that examines the life of a librarian caught up in the swirl of 1950s anti-Communism. Historians, she feels, have a tremendous responsibility to ordinary people of the past who made a stand against fear.
Professor O'Brien is past president of the faculty and chair of Faculty Senate. He is involved in campus leadership on issues as diverse as budgeting, enrollment management, academic strategy, judicial policy, information technology, university accreditation, and community college outreach. Previously the Coordinator of History Department, he helped overhaul the curriculum, revise the capstone project, grow the number of majors and minors, and launched a newsletter that helped students secure $30,000+ in research funding, along with internships and volunteer opportunities throughout the state and region. He serves on UMF’s honors council and the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board and has been awarded research fellowships from Oregon State and Bowling Green State universities, and holds a Management Development certificate from Harvard. He is the author of several articles on the social and cultural history of the Cold War.
An Ohio native, Dr. Schoeppner moved around quite a bit before graduating high school in High Point, North Carolina. A first-generation college graduate, he liked school so much decided to stay and earn three degrees, the last of which was a PhD in American legal history. After finishing graduate school, Dr. Schoeppner taught for two years at the California Institute of Technology before coming to Farmington in the fall of 2013. He has presented his work at Harvard University, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Wisconsin Law School and has received grants and awards from the American Historical Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Society for Legal History, and he is finishing up a book on the quarantining of black sailors in the antebellum South. Besides history, Dr. Schoeppner also enjoys sports, traveling, eating Italian food, watching movies, and hiking with his dogs.
Anne Marie Wolf came to UMF in 2010 via Portland, Oregon. A military brat (sort of), she grew up in many places, including Iceland, and does not consider herself to be from anywhere. She has finely developed tastes in chocolate, novels, and Spanish foods and wines. Three years in Spain cemented a desire to return there as often as possible and to live without a car. She has been carless since 2001. She has taken students to Spain for a May term travel course and plans to do this regularly – and welcomes inquiries. Dr. Wolf practices yoga in the Iyengar tradition and is committed to healthy choices about eating and exercise, hoping to enjoy her later years instead of suffering through them like several of her relatives did. She enjoys classical music, cooking (but not doing dishes) and reading cookbooks, farmers' markets, hiking, travel, and photography. Her first book should be published later this year. Fun new research underway.