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Mark Caleb Smith Named Department Chair

by Ryan Bower, Assistant Director of Public Relations

Mark Caleb Smith, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the Center for Political Studies, has been named chair of Cedarville University’s Department of History and Government. Smith replaces Tom Mach, Ph.D., professor of history, who was recently appointed assistant vice president for academics.


Smith begins his new duties July 1, 2016, for the start of the 2016-17 academic year. He will continue teaching and serving as the director of the Center for Political Studies. 

“This is certainly going to be challenging, but I’m really looking forward to building upon the great foundation we have in the department,” said Smith. “Dr. Mach, along with other past chairs such as Murray Murdoch and David Rich, has done a fantastic job building our program.”

As the new chair of history and government, Smith will be responsible for the overall direction of the department, including student engagement and internal program reviews.

“We’re definitely going to put an increased focus on our digital media efforts,” said Smith. “We’ll do that through blogs, podcasts, videos and other avenues. It’s important to engage students where they are and the digital realm is the best way to reach them.”

Smith also hopes to increase stand-alone experiences for students outside the classroom, such as study-abroad opportunities. The new programs will complement Cedarville’s current D.C. Semester program.

"It's very important to give our students unique, off-campus opportunities that will help them become even more competitive as they enter the job market or seek post-graduate education,” said Smith.

Smith has been at Cedarville since 2004, and is a highly sought-after political commentator. During the 2015-16 academic year, he’s appeared in more than 140 interviews around the country on topics such as the presidential election and the Supreme Court.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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