Faculty

All of the History faculty members at IWU have an earned doctorate in that subject. They are committed teachers, scholars, and Christians. A sample of the areas of historical study, interest, and expertise of our faculty includes: Ancient, Late Antiquity, Medieval, Early Modern Europe, England, Latin America, and U.S. Political and Constitutional History.

The History faculty strive to challenge untested assumptions, inspire thoughtful engagement, and cultivate a historical perspective in their students. They desire graduates who can critically analyze, appreciate, and honestly evaluate the past, resulting in a deeper understanding of the present, a greater appreciation of the human condition, and some inkling of where we may be headed in the future.

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Mark Smith; MAR, MA, PhD Assoc Prof; History mark.a.smith@indwes.edu Department - History Division - Social Sciences

Biography

Dr. Mark Smith teaches European history, and is currently developing a new course on the history of baseball. He has been married since 1974 to Terri (Rutherford); he has two daughters, Bethany and Erin, and three grandchildren, Brady, Halle and Sloan Elizabeth, with a fourth on the way. If you ever have difficulty finding him in Marion, you might just look for him in Middle Earth or Narnia.

Educational Background:

  • A.B., 1981, Asbury College
  • M.A.R., 1984, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M.A., 1989, University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., 1992, University of Kentucky

Interests

Dr. Smith's current research interests include Christian views and attitudes toward war, the history of anti-Semitism, and the history of baseball. He is currently beginning a research project on the issue of playing professional baseball on Sunday, in order to examine the respective attitudes, responses and potential differences exhibited by Protestants and Catholics.

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