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Many fields in the arts and sciences contribute useful knowledge. Public Policy programs make such knowledge transferable across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors by giving students the ability to acquire information and knowledge from across the disciplines to formulate comprehensive analyses of past, present, or future public policies, and to be able to present these analyses to decision makers. Faculty members from various disciplines such as Biology, Economics, History, and Political Science contribute to student training in ways that enable graduates from diverse disciplines to become culturally aware and socially sensitive policy leaders who are ready for career opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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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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