Faculty of the History and Political Science Department affirm these core values…
1. Community Engagement - We will prepare our students in the tradition of the liberal arts to engage their communities as well-informed, thoughtful, and responsible citizens, church members, and coworkers.
2. Christian Identity - We will help our students gain an understanding of the importance of their Christian identity as they develop an appreciation for their place in the global community.
3. Life-Long Learning - We will equip our students with a foundational understanding of World and U.S. history and the skills necessary to navigate the increasingly information rich world in which we live so that they can be empowered, effective and enthusiastic life-long learners.
4. Holistic Education - We will promote an open learning environment for our students by encouraging appropriate educational opportunities inside and outside of the classroom setting and by providing opportunities for students and faculty to partner in service opportunities.
5. Academic Excellence - We will maintain high academic and ethical standards to ensure value of our students’ degrees as they seek employment or further education.
B.A. - Baylor University - 1976
M.Div. - The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - 1979
Ph.D. - The University of North Texas - 1990
A native Californian, Dr. Summers has taught at East Texas Baptist University since 1991. Presently he is Dean of the School of Humanities. Summers has published in Fides et Historia, The Christian Scholar’s Review, Teaching History, and Texas Baptist Historical Journal. His research and writing relate to his teaching and to the history of medieval and early modern Europe, China, the Baptists, and twentieth-century European Jewish thought.
Named the Sam B. Hall, Jr., Professor of History in 1993, Summers wrote the biography Sam B. Hall, Jr.: Whatever is Right (2005). Hall (1924-1994), a Marshall, Texas, native, College of Marshall graduate and an attorney, served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1976-1985), and as a federal district court judge from 1985 until his death in 1994.
B.A. - Andra University, Visakhapatnam, Andra Pradesh, India - 1980
M.A. - Andra University, Visakhapatnam, Andra Pradesh, India - 1983
Ph.D. - Washington State University - 1998
B.A. - Eastern Kentucky University - '68
M.A. - Eastern Kentucky University - '69
Ph.D. - University of Kentucky - '86
Dr. Jerry Hopkins serves on the ETBU faculty as Professor of History. Dr. Hopkins’ research and work with the Billy Graham Center Archives enriched his understanding of both evangelical and non-evangelical traditions. Dr. Hopkins’ research and writing has focused on social, religious, political and moral problems, including racism.
American West / Native American, Latin America
B.A. History - Southeastern Oklahoma State University - '01
M.A. History - Oklahoma State University - '03
Ph.D. History - Texas Tech University - '08
I try to build my classes so that anyone who is intentional about his or her learning can succeed. I believe that students must be voluntary and active participants in the learning process for true intellectual growth to occur. It is important to remember that student learning and intellectual growth do not always equate to A’s, although often they do, particularly over time. I am so proud of the students who may feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the semester, but persevere and seek out help, from ACE, from librarians, from other students, or from me, and meet the challenges of University-level work head on. I am even more blessed when I see those students, over four years, develop into questioning, thinking, curious life-long learners.
B.A. - University of Texas at Tyler - '01
M.A. - Texas Tech University - '02
Ph.D. - Texas Tech University - '09
Dr. Jenny Hoover currently serves as an adjunct history and geography instructor, offering classes in World Civilizations, 20th century Europe and United States, and World Geography.