by Department of History and Government

The department is pleased to announce the arrival of a new faculty member. The University administration gave approval to hire a faculty member in history and social studies education because of the growth in the student body. After a national search, the department hired Dr. Richard Tison II. Dr. Tison serves as assistant professor history.

Dr. Tison has the rare combination of teaching licensure (from the state of Texas) and a Ph.D. in history. The integrated social studies education program has never had a true program coordinator like the other secondary education programs on campus. In part, this was due to the expertise of faculty in the department of education who graciously served the program over the years. The social studies education program has historically been the largest of the secondary education programs on campus, however, and it was appropriate to hire someone who could teach in both the education and the history fields.

Dr. Tison earned a B.A. from Oakland University in English. He studied church and state relations at Baylor University in Texas, earning a master’s degree. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science at the University of Oklahoma. He is particularly interested in the creation-science debate in American history and is working on a manuscript for the Johns Hopkins University Press History of Science and Religion series. The department of history and government is thankful to God for bringing Dr. Tison to Cedarville. He is a welcome addition. Dr. Tison, his wife Kelly, and their three children reside in Xenia.