I was born on the western slope of Colorado at Grand Junction and spent my early years in the small farming town of Palisade. At various times in my youth, I lived in Arkansas, Wyoming and New Mexico.

I started my undergraduate education at New Mexico State University and completed a B.A. in History and Political Science at Eastern New Mexico University. Subsequently, I attended Texas Tech University and earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. there. While I teach a variety of courses on European, United States and World history, my area of research and interest remains nineteenth century British foreign relations. I concentrate my research on Anglo-German relations in the 1870s and 1880s.

My wife, SuNell, is Director of the Compassionate Care Pregnancy Center here in Plainivew. We have two children: Ashley and Ian. During leisure time I enjoy genealogy, stamp collecting, and bird watching. Of course my favorite pastime is reading.

When I am not reading books for my courses or research, I enjoy reading nineteenth century British biography. As well, I am a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and have read his numerous works many times. I reread the Lord of the Rings every other year or so. Books I have recently read that have influenced or shaped my thinking about British history include Norman Davies The Isles, Graham Stewart Burying Caesar: the Churchill-Chamberlain Rivalry, and Richard Aldous The Lion and the Unicorn. When students express a new interest in reading history, I generally recommend Garrett Mattingly The Armada. It is well researched and well written and is the kind of book that can get a person hooked on reading.

Traveling has been a valuable part of my education and life experience. I enjoy vacationing in the Colorado mountains with my family and I have led travel/study tours to Great Britain. The west country of England and the highlands of Scotland have been my favorite destinations. My last trip to Great Britain included an all too brief stop over on the Isle of Man. It is a place to which I will definitely return. Wayland is a member of the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities which has numerous opportunities for students to travel and study abroad. I encourage and urge my students to take advantage of these opportunities.


Professional Affiliations:

  • North American Conference on British Studies
  • American Historical Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 1986
  • M.A., Texas Tech University, 1988
  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1992

Full-time at WBU since 1992

Course Inventory:

HIST 1303 World Civ to 1500

HIST 1304 World Civ Since 1500

HIST 2301 U.S. History to 1877

HIST 2302 U.S. HIstory since 1877

HIST 3300 England to 174

HIST 3302 England Since 1714

HIST 3314 Rise of Modern Germany

HIST 3316 The British Empire

HIST 4314 Age of Reason and Revolution

HIST 4328 Renaissance and Reformation