After 43 years of teaching, Professor John Sharpless will be retiring at the end of this month. Professor Sharpless has taught American history and political history at UW-Madison since 1975. Some of his former students returned to campus on Tuesday and attended his last lecture for the class, “History since 1945,” to honor the impact that he has had on their education and their lives. He is hoping that retirement will afford him more time to spend with his family at his cabin in Minnesota, as well as more time to travel.
Professor Sharpless has committed himself tirelessly to the betterment of the Department, the University, his field, and his students over his years of teaching. Please join us in thanking him for his contributions, and wishing him well in the next chapter of this life.