Ph.D. American History, Auburn University, December 2003; Dissertation: “New Prophets for Emerging American Subcultures: The Rise of Women and African American Evangelists in the Independent Charismatic Movement, 1950-2000;” Examination Fields: United States since 1877, United States before 1877, Early Modern Europe; Breadth Fields: Archival Studies, History of Technology; Major Professor: David Edwin Harrell Jr.
M.A. American History, Middle Tennessee State University, December 1996; Thesis: “The Newbern Trial: A Study of Restorationism and Primitivism in American Religion;” Examination Fields: United States since 1877, Europe to 1715; Major Professor: David Rowe
B.A. History, David Lipscomb University, May 1991; Major: Social Studies Education
Associate Professor of History and Program Director of Graduate Social Studies Education, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. General education courses in U.S. history, upper-division and graduate courses in American history, and graduate courses in Social Studies Education. Fall 2009-Present
Assistant Professor of History and Program Director of Graduate Social Studies Education, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. General education courses in U.S. history, upper-division and graduate courses in American history, and graduate courses in Social Studies Education. Fall 2004-Spring 2009
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. General education courses in U.S. history and upper-division courses in the history of American religions. Fall 2003-Spring 2004
Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. World history survey courses in the University’s core curriculum. Fall 2002-Spring 2003
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Sophomore-level survey course of U.S. history since 1877. Spring 2002
Adjunct Instructor, Western Civilization, Southern Union State Community College, Opelika, Alabama. Sophomore-level survey course of European civilization from 1700 to the present. Spring 2001
Graduate Research Assistant, The Alabama Review, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Duties included editing book reviews and journal manuscripts, checking sources and facts in reviews and essays, writing book notes, and soliciting scholars to review books for the journal. March 1999-December 2001
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Assisted professors with large sections of World History classes. Duties included taking attendance, operating computer and audio/visual equipment, grading exams and quizzes, and counseling students. September 1998-March 1999
Adjunct Instructor, American History and Tennessee History, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Sophomore-level survey course of U.S. history since 1877 and junior-level survey course of Tennessee history. Spring 1997-Spring 1998
Adjunct Instructor, American History, Motlow State Community College, Tullahoma, Tennessee. Sophomore-level survey courses of U.S. history. Fall 1997-Spring 1998
History Teacher, American History and World History, Fort Worth Christian High School, Fort Worth, Texas. Sophomore- and junior-level survey courses of United States and World History. August 1991-June 1993
United States History
Twentieth Century America
History of American Religions
History of Technology in America
History of the American South
Social Studies Education
Recovering the Margins of American Religious History: The Legacy of David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Co-edited with B. Dwain Waldrep. Religion and American Culture, edited by David Edwin Harrell Jr., Wayne Flynt, Edith L. Blumhofer. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2012. This collection of essays traces some of the important interpretive arcs that have emerged in American religious history in the last half-century and David Harrell’s significant contributions to this field of study.
"The Midas Touch: Kenneth E. Hagin and the Prosperity Gospel," chapter in Recovering the Margins of American Religious History (Tuscaloosa, 2012).
It's A New Day: Race and Gender in the Modern Charismatic Movement. Religion and American Culture, edited by David Edwin Harrell Jr., Wayne Flynt, Edith L. Blumhofer. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2008. This book examines the rise of African American and female evangelists in the independent charismatic movement during the last half of the twentieth century.
Review of Countercultural Conservatives: American Evangelicalism from the Postwar Revival to the New Christian Right. Studies in American Thought and Culture, ed. Paul S. Boyer. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011. Reviewed for The American Historical Review, February 2013.
Review of The Black Mega-Church: Theology, Gender, and the Politics of Public Engagement by Tamelyn N. Tucker-Worgs. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011. Reviewed for PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2012.
Review of James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesman by Thomas J. Nettles. American Reformed Biographies, edited by D. G. Hart and Sean Michael Lucas. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 2009. Reviewed for The Journal of Southern History, August 2011.
Review of Pat Robertson: An American Life by David John Marley. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. Reviewed for PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2010.
"Progressivism." Article describing the nature and character of Progressivism and its role in North American religious, political, and cultural life. Encyclopedia of Religion in America, Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, eds. Washington: CQ Press, 2010.
Review of A. J. Tomlinson: Plainfolk Modernist by R. G. Robins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Reviewed for Journal of Southern History, May 2006.
“T. D. Jakes.” Encyclopedia article in African American Biography. London: Brown Reference Group, 2006.
“James H. Cone.” Encyclopedia article in African American Biography. London: Brown Reference Group, 2006.
“Religion and Religious Tension.” Encyclopedia article in TwentiesUSA. London: Brown Reference Group, 2005.
Review of A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow by David L. Chappell. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Reviewed for H-POL e-mail listserv, August 2004.
Review of Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995 by Mark Newman. Religion and American Culture, edited by David Edwin Harrell Jr., Wayne Flynt, and Edith L. Blumhofer. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001. Reviewed on H-SOUTH e-mail listserv, June 2002.
Review of Religion in Twentieth Century America by Randall Balmer. Religion in American Life, no. 3, edited by Jon Butler and Harry S. Stout. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Religious Studies Review, January 2002.
Review of The Churches of Christ: Student Edition by Richard T. Hughes. Denominations in America, no. 10, edited by Henry Warner Bowden. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2001. Religious Studies Review, January 2002.
Review of The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South During the 1950s by Numan V. Bartley. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1969. Reprint edition with a new preface by the author, 1999. The Alabama Review, April 2001.
Dual review of Tennessee Baptists: A Comprehensive History, 1779-1999 by Albert W. Wardin Jr. Brentwood: Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, 1999; and A Genealogy of Dissent: Southern Baptist Protest in the Twentieth Century by David Stricklin. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1999. The Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Winter 2001.
Session chair and commentator, “Evangelicals, Hollywood, and Social Reform,” American Society of Church History Spring Meeting, Portland, Oregon, April 2013.
Organizer of Luncheon Honoring David Edwin Harrell Jr., Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, June 2012.
Guest on “Centered TODAY” radio program, WYRM, Norfolk, Virginia, and WEBA/WEPA, Roanoke, Virginia, January 10, 2010.
Session chair and presenter, “Move that Mountain: Understanding the Rhetoric of the Modern Charismatic Movement,” Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, June 2009.
Guest on "Centered TODAY" radio program, KFNX News-Talk Radio, Phoenix, Arizona, February 1, 2009.
Session chair and commentator, "Holy Cures," American Society of Church History Winter Meeting, New York City, January 2009.
Guest on “Academe Today” television program, WNCP-TV, Pembroke, North Carolina, March 23, 2006.
Session chair and commentator, “Perspectives on Religion and Education,” Christian Scholars Conference, Malibu, California, July 2005.
Presenter, “The Midas Touch: Kenneth E. Hagin and the Prosperity Gospel,” American Society of Church History Spring Meeting, Savannah, Georgia, March/April 2005.
Presenter, “A New Life for Women: The Rise of Female Leaders in the Independent Charismatic Movement,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee, November 2004.
Presenter, “A New Life for Women: The Rise of Female Leaders in the Independent Charismatic Movement,” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2002.
Presenter, “Going Their Separate Ways: A Social History of Post-World War II Churches of Christ,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2001.
Presenter, “The Modernization of Post-World War II Churches of Christ,” Graduate Student Conference in Southern History, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, March 2000.
Presenter, “The Newbern Trial: A Study of Restorationism and Primitivism in American Religion,” Graduate Student Conference in Southern History, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, March 1999.
Presenter, “The Newbern Trial: A Study of Restorationism and Primitivism in American Religion,” Ohio Valley History Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, October 1994.
Honors and Awards
Directed Academic Leave of Absence. This competitive, university-sponsored program is designed to give full-time, tenured faculty the opportunity to pursue an intensive program of research in one or more of the four domains of scholarship as defined by Ernest L. Boyer in Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professorate. The leave period is scheduled for Spring 2014 and is designed to provide me with an extended period of time free from teaching and service responsibilities to conduct research on my biography of Barton W. Stone. Spring 2014.
Faculty Research and Development Grant. The goal of this competitive grant is to encourage full-time faculty in the area of professional development and to provide financial support for professional research and development activities. January 2010.
Faculty Research and Development Grant. The goal of this competitive grant is to encourage full-time faculty in the area of professional development and to provide financial support for professional research and development activities. Spring 2008.
UNCP Outstanding Teaching Award. This Award is selected by the University’s Faculty Awards Committee. 2006-2007
Faculty Travel Award. This award, funded by UNCP’s Office for Academic Affairs and administered by the Task Force on Teaching Excellence and the Teaching and Learning Center, is a competitive travel grant designed to enhance the teaching skills of University faculty. Spring 2005
Christian Scholarship Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award. This dissertation fellowship provides a stipend to encourage scholars studying religion or the history of religion to complete their Ph.D. work. 2002-2003
W. C. Bradley Award for Graduate Student Achievement in the Humanities. This award is given annually by the College of Liberal Arts and the Humanities Advisory Council of Auburn University to recognize graduate student achievement and promote the study of the humanities. 2002
Recipient of a research grant from Auburn University’s Graduate School and College of Liberal Arts. 2002
Marguerite Scharnagel Scholarship. This scholarship carries a stipend to help defray the cost of tuition and dissertation research. It is awarded to graduate students in the latter stages of dissertation research and writing. 2001-2002
Robert D. Reid Memorial Fellowship. This fellowship provides tuition for one academic year. 2001-2002
Milo Howard Award. This award provides travel funds for dissertation research. 2001
Recipient of four travel awards from the Auburn University Graduate School. 1999-2002
Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. 1996
Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. 1991
UNCP Graduate Council. 2004-Present
UNCP Teacher Education Committee. 2004-Present
UNCP Faculty Representative for the James Madison Junior Fellowship. 2005-Present
UNCP Professional Development Collaborative. 2006-Present
UNCP Faculty Athletic Associates. 2006-Present
UNCP University Athletic Committee. 2006-Present (Chair, 2007-Present)
UNCP Graduate Appeals Committee. 2010-Present
UNCP Council for Faculty Scholarship and Creativity. 2007-2008
UNCP Blackboard/Open Source Committee. Spring 2008
UNCP Faculty Grants Committee. 2005-2006
TEC Hearing Appeals Board. 2004-2005; 2007-Present
Graduate Appeals Committee. 2010-Present
Served on search committee to hire a new dean for the School of Education. Spring 2008
Served on search committee to hire a new dean for the School of Graduate Studies. 2010-2011 and 2012-2013
Professional and Departmental Service
American Religious History Committee for the Christian Scholars Conference. 2013-2016
“The Mormon Faith.” Series of public lectures delivered at First Baptist Church in Lumberton, North Carolina. Fall 2012
“Overview of Supplemental Instruction.” Panel discussion sponsored by UNCP’s Teaching and Learning Center, January 25, 2012.
American Society of Church History Research and Awards Committee. 2011-Present
Coordinated SACS Evaluation of History Department. 2008-2011
American Society of Church History Program Committee (Winter Meeting). January 2009
Public speeches delivered to the Kiwani’s Club of Lumberton, North Carolina, June 24, 2004 and February 2, 2011.
Public speeches to history clubs at Bladen Community College (November 6, 2008) and Lumberton Junior High School (March 5, 2009).
"It's A New Day." Public address delivered at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of Historians, March 28, 2008.
Chaired search committee to hire a specialist in Asian history. Spring 2008
Public Library Quiz Bowl. Served as a judge for the district competition, Lumberton, North Carolina, February 5, 2007.
“Developing and Organizing Your Research Agenda.” Presentation conducted with Jeff Frederick for UNCP’s Teaching and Learning Center, October 2, 2006.
Graduate Student Liaison to Auburn University’s History Department Graduate Committee. This is an elected position that provides graduate student representation on the history department graduate committee. The student liaison helps formulate policy for the graduate program in history, works to integrate new graduate students into the life of the department, and participates in the interview process with prospective faculty members. 1999-2001