Ph.D., University of Alabama, Department of History, 2009
M.A., University of Alabama, Department of History, 2005
B.A., Berry College, Department of History, 2003
Western Governors University
Project Manager, General Education Program Development, 2015-present
- Manages the projects and communications of a matrixed team of Instructional Designers, Assessment Program Managers, Curriculum Program Managers, and Learning Resource Specialists
- Develops curriculum within a team structure for the General Education courses used by all WGU students
- Serves as Subject Matter Expert and content contributor for History and Constitution courses
- Certified Scrum Master (2016)
Western Governors University
Curriculum Program Manager (interim), General Education, January-May 2016
- Directed curriculum development efforts for the College of General Education
Course Mentor, General Education Social Sciences, 2011-2015
- Courses Taught: Themes and Applications in U.S. and World History, Survey of U.S. History, Survey of World History, Introduction to Geography
- Team Lead, 2012-2014
- Program Development Specialist, Survey of U.S. History and Survey of World History, 2013- 2015
- Course Maintenance Specialist, Survey of U.S. History and Survey of World History, 2013-2015
Course Mentor, Teachers College, Secondary Education Social Sciences, 2011-2013
- Courses Taught: U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History since 1865, World History to 1500, World History since 1500
Stephen F. Austin State University
Adjunct Faculty, Department of History, 2008-2011
- Courses Taught: U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877
- Instructed four to five courses a semester in a bricks-and-mortar environment with an average enrollment of 48 students per class
Ministers and Masters: Methodism, Manhood, and Honor in the Old South (Louisiana State University Press, 2011).
“The Making of the Southern Megachurch” (Louisiana State University Press). Under contract and in progress.
Articles and Chapters:
“’Contraband’ Women: Gender, Race, and Resistance in Union Camps,” in Megan Bever and Laura Mammina, eds., Civil and Uncivil Wars. In progress.
“Sanctifying the SUV: Megachurches, the Prosperity Gospel, and the Suburban Christian,” in John Archer, Paul J.P. Sandul, and Katherine Solomonson, eds., Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), 240-258.
“A Popular Historian: A Conversation with James M. McPherson,” in Megan L. Bever and Scott A. Suarez, eds., Historian Behind the History: Conversations with Southern Historians (The University of Alabama Press, 2014), 46-64.
“The Sacred Circle: Evangelical Ministers and Family in Antebellum Alabama,” Alabama Heritage 106 (Fall 2012): 16-23.
“Lakewood Church and the Roots of the Megachurch Movement in the South,” Southern Quarterly 50 (Fall 2012): 60-78.
“The Basement: Foundations of Alabama’s Largest Christian Youth Movement,” Alabama Heritage 100 (Spring 2011): 62-64.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Contributions to Mentoring Award, Western Governors University, 2015
Contributions to Mentoring Award, Western Governors University, 2014
Dedication to Student Success Award, Western Governors University, 2013
Several fellowships and awards also granted by:
The University of Alabama History Department
The University of Alabama Graduate Council
The University of Alabama Department of Women’s Studies
REFEREED PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS
“Teaching the College Survey as a Dual Enrollment Course: A Syllabus Workshop,” Louisiana Historical Association, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 2017.
“Show and Tell: Creating Videos with Animation and Images to Make Abstract Ideas Stick,” American Historical Association, Denver, Colorado, January 2017.
“The Traditional Survey is Dead, Long Live the Survey: Refashioning the U.S. and World Survey Courses for the Twenty-First Century, A Panel Discussion,” Louisiana Historical Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 2016.
“Adventures in On-Line Courses, Distance Learning, and MOOCs,” Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, Hammond, Louisiana, March 2014.
“‘Delay Doesn’t Mean Denial’: Women and the Prosperity Gospel,” American Academy of Religion Southwest, Irving, Texas, March 2013.
“Lakewood Church: The Message of Utopianism in Megachurch Architecture,” Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, March 2012.
“Warehouses for God: Megachurches, Religious Consumerism, and Suburban Utopia,” Urban Historical Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2010.
“Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Mega-Religion in Lone Star Suburbia,” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2010.
“The Spiritual Slave: Disobedience and Inverted Hierarchy in Antebellum Southern Methodist Rhetoric,” American Society of Church History, American Historical Association, New York City, New York, January 2009.
“’The Sacred Circle’: Evangelical Ministers and the Family in Antebellum Alabama,” Alabama Historical Association, Opelika, Alabama, April 2007.
Review of My Brother Slaves: Friendship, Masculinity, and Resistance in the Antebellum South by Sergio A. Lussana, in American Historical Review, forthcoming.
Review of The Civil War in Southern Appalachian Methodism by Durwood Dunn, in Civil War History 61 (December 2015).
Review of Southern Crucifix, Southern Cross: Catholic-Protestant Relations in the Old South by Andrew H. M. Stern, in Alabama Review 67 (July 2014).
Review of Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power since World War II by Elizabeth H. Flowers, in H-Net Reviews (January 2013).
Review of Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South by Paul Harvey, in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 111 (Winter 2013).
Review of Downhome Gospel: African American Activism in Wiregrass Country by Jerrilyn McGregory, in The Journal of Southern History 78 (August 2012).
Review of The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction by Scott Romine, in The East Texas Historical Journal 49 (January 2010).
Review of The Faiths of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes, in Southern Historian 28 (Spring 2007).
Review of A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 by Anne Sarah Rubin, in Southern Historian 27 (Spring 2006).
Contributor, Huffington Post Religion Blog, July 2014-present
Member, Teaching History Committee, Louisiana Historical Association, August 2015-present
Member, History Tuning Project, American Historical Association, January 2015-present
Contributor, Religion in American History (academic blog), edited by Paul Harvey, Randall Stephens, and Kelly Baker, http://www.usreligion.blogspot.com, March 2011-present
Manuscript reviewer, University of Georgia Press, review of manuscript on urban development in the New South, June 2017
Presenter, “Understanding Feminism Today,” Women’s History Month Program, Western Governors University, March 2017
Member, Conrad Prize Committee (for best published work on Louisiana History), Louisiana Historical Association, 2016-2017
Referee, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, October 2016
Invited Lecturer, “The Confident Woman: Women’s Growing Authority in the Evangelical Church,” Louisiana Technical University, March 2016
Columnist, “Faith Traditions,” Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches, Texas, newspaper), April 2013-December 2015
Referee, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s History, review of article-length manuscript on Tammy Faye Bakker and televangelism, September 2015
Referee, Alabama Review, September 2014 and March 2015
Manuscript reviewer, Oxford University Press, review of manuscript on the prosperity gospel, May 2014
Panelist, “Panel Discussion: 12 Years a Slave,” Black History Month Program, Western Governors University, February 2014
Founding Member, Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Western Governors University, 2013-2014
Invited Book Talk, Ministers and Masters, Berry College, March 2013
Commenter, “Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?: Women’s Rights in a Federal System,” Constitution Week Program, Western Governors University, September 2013
Panelist, “’Lean In’ Circles and Feminism,” Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Panel Celebrating Women’s History Month, Western Governors University, March 2013
Panelist, “Bodies of the Enslaved: Sexuality, Masculinity, and Femininity as Represented in Django and in the History of the South,” Black History Month Celebration, Western Governors University, February 2013
Lecturer, “Public Education and the State: The 10th Amendment and the Rejection of National Standards,” Western Governors University, Constitution Week, September 2012
Referee, Culture, Society & Masculinities, September 2011
Panelist, “Should Your President Share Your Faith?: A Discussion of Religion and the Presidency,” Western Governors University, Social Sciences Week, February, 2012
Advance Placement U.S. History Grader, June 2011
Board Member, Nacogdoches Friends of the Visual Arts, July 2010-July 2011
Representative, Faculty Senate, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), May 2010- December 2010
Invited Lecturer, “Using Electronic Sources,” SFASU, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
Invited Lecturer, “Methodist Manhood in the Antebellum South, Where the Spiritual and Secular Meet,” Stephen F. Austin Lecture Series on Religion, Society, and Culture, June 2009
Invited Lecturer, “United by Faith, Separated By Color: Black Churches, Community, and American Culture,” Lest We Forget: Preserving African American Culture and History Program, Nacogdoches, Texas, February 2009
American Historical Association
Louisiana Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Southern Historical Association