Samuel E. Dicks

Samuel E. Dicks, Ph.D.

Professor of History

       I have been a member of the ESU faculty since 1965. I am a native of Wellston, Missouri, where I graduated from high school in 1953. My college career began at Dakota Wesleyan University, from which I received a BA in history and speech/theatre in 1957. I received an MA in history from the University of South Dakota in 1958, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oklahoma in 1966. Before coming to Emporia, I taught high school in Yankton, South Dakota, served in the US Army and the South Dakota National Guard, and worked in other governmental positions.
      From 1965 to the Fall of 2000, I taught courses in early European and World History, the History of Science, Historiography and Historical Method, and Introduction to Genealogy. I retired in Spring of 2003and continued since then as University Historian. In this capacity I am collecting data and doing various projects on the History of Emporia State University.
       I  also continue with my duties relating to the publication of Teaching History: A Journal of Methods.

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