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My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The freedom to bring together faith and history in all my classes, which allows me to emphasize the formational aspect of history in ways I could not in more restrictive environments.
When I’m not teaching, I love to: Play with my two daughters, hike, play music, read.
In my classes, students can expect: High energy from me; to be challenged in various ways; to experience formation.
My best advice to a new student in my program is: Have fun, be diligent in your work, come see me often, and do not miss the annual History Major cookout at my house!
Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: More thoughtful actors in the world, more concerned for unity and justice, and more like Christ.
The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: History is not about dates and facts. History is the complex story of who we have been. When studied well, history has the capacity to transform individuals. I even make the argument to my students that practicing the habits of history can cultivate the virtues or postures of listening and dialoging—much needed habits in a world where people have difficulty hearing other voices or presenting those other people well.
A quote that influences how I live is: Philippians 2:5-11 has long been a favorite lifestyle passage of mine, which says that we should have the same mindset as Christ in our relationships. The description of that mindset is self-giving love and service, which is a virtue I must, however imperfectly, strive to cultivate.