Dr. Irvin D. S. Winsboro is senior professor of history at Florida Gulf Coast University who has traveled many countries and regions around the world. He has personally published more than seven books,contributed to other books, many articles and reviews. Most of this editorial work embraces scholarly journals, national works, and publishing houses and academic presses.
Some of his achievements include:
- Florida Historical Society's Stetson Kennedy Book Award, 2011.
- Florida Historical Society's Harry T. and Harriettee V. Moore Book Award, 2010.
- Florida Historical Society's Arthur W. Thompson Award for the best scholarly article on Florida history.
- Board of Directors, Florida Historical Society.
- Editorial Board, Florida Historical Quarterly.
- Featured author and speaker at the Florida Heritage Book Festival and the Florida FRESH Book Festival.
- President, Florida Conference of Historians.
- Appointed by the Florida Secretary of State to the Florida Historical Marker Council in Tallahassee for the 2000/2002 and 2009/2012 terms.
- Certified as an expert witness in the State of Florida: Matters of historical significance and historical preservation.
- Created and funded with community support the Dr. Irvin D.S. Winsboro History Prize Award fund at FGCU. The fund, maintained at over $2,000, has been used to pay the tuition of needy minority students majoring in history.
- Selected by the president of Florida Gulf Coast University to sit on the FGCU Presidential Advisory Council.
- Research historian for the City of Fort Myers' monument to the black soldiers (the 2nd USCT) who served at the Battle of Fort Myers during the Civil War. The City project grew from my extensive research at the National Archives and scholarly publications documenting the USCT service at Fort Myers (a subject undocumented until I uncovered and published this information). The City of Fort Myers dedicated the 8-foot, $78,000 monument at Centennial Park on Veterans' Day 1998. I served as one of the featured co-speakers for the dedication, which drew state and national coverage.
- Selected, while a professor at the University of South Florida, to create and shepherd through the Florida Board of Regents and the State University System, and then to implement, the new History Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. In this capacity, I created from the ground floor the nation's newest state university History Program, including my creating and coordinating all aspects of Catalogue courses, requirements, and resources needs.
- Served as the first History Program Director at Florida Gulf Coast University.