As long as we are talking today about Christian colleges, Wheaton College has recently announced that R. Tracy McKenzie has been hired as the new chair of the Department of History. Tracy leaves his post as a full professor in the history department at the University of Washington to take this new position.
Tracy is the author of One South or Many? Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil-War Era Tennessee (Cambridge, 1994) and Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War (Oxford, 2009).
So why are we covering this story here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home? First, it is good to see historians from major research universities making choices in their careers that lead them to Christian liberal arts colleges. Second, Tracy is one of the contributors to Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation. In October or November you can read his essay, “Don’t Forget the Church: Reflections on the Forgotten Dimension of our Dual Calling.”