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Thanks for visiting my page. I enjoy teaching history courses at EU, and the courses in our new public history minor. I utilize living history in my classes, portraying historic figures from the past, such as Civil War soldiers. I work with various historic sites in the area, including nearby Wilson's Ceek National Battlefield, the second major battle of the Civil War. I am a reenactor and take students with me to reenact the Civil War.
Title: Professor of History
Professional Information: BA (History), 1982 Ball State University. MA (American History), 1984, Ball State University. PhD (American History), 1990, Ball State University. Prior employment: Assistant/Associate Professor of History, Brewton-Parker College, 1991-2006. Areas of specialization: Civil War, military history, Indian Wars, public history.
Job Responsibilities: Teaching history is my passion as well as my job.
Org Memberships: National Association of Interpretation;Oklahoma Historical Society.
Courses Taught: American history survey (111/112), World Civilization, Colonial, Early Republic, Civil War, Early Christian Era, Modern Middle East, Introduction to Public History, Museum Administration, Mexican War, War of 1812, Historic Site Interpretation, plus topics courses like Living History, World War I and II, American Indians, and the American Revolution.
Publications: I have written and presented a variety of interpretive programs for the National Park Service, written intepretive programs for Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, and presented a variety of histoic talks for historic organizations and schools. My research interests are in mid nineteenth century American history and public history.
Started Work: 2006
Favorite Thing About Work: I enjoy sharing my passion for the Lord and for history with my students. I like being able to mentor students and to expose them to the hobby of reenacting.
Was an Evangel Student: No.
Originally From: Muncie, IN
Personal Information: I live in Springfield with my wife, Mary, and our children, Zachary and Daniel. I am a Royal Ranger Commander at Life 360 Church, Park Crest Campus, and I am a Certified Training Instructor in Royal Rangers, and a member of Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship.
Other: I have been involved in Christian higher education for over 20 years. Prior to coming to EU I served on staff at a small Baptist college in southern Georgia, where I also served as the Chi Alpha leader on my campus, and as a local pastor. My hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, target shooting, spending time with my family, and living history/reeancting. I serve as a Seasonal Park Ranger at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, and I volunteer at Fort Scott National Historic Site in Kansas, Fort Gibson Historic Site in Oklahoma, and the Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site in Ash Grove, Missouri.
Top 5 Strengths:
EU Students Working with the National Park Service
Wilson's Creek Movie
Living History at EU
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Pea Ridge Battlefield
Fort Gibson Historic Site
Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site
Frontiersman Camping Fellowship