Dr. Travis Ricketts

Professor of History and Politics & Government

E-mail: travis.ricketts@bryan.edu
Office Phone: 423.775.7244
Box: 7615

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What a blessing to sense that you’re doing exactly what God has called you to do vocationally! I do believe that teaching is what takes place in the lives of students, and to help them to locate themselves historically and understand that historical decisions, much like theirs, do have consequences, is a real privilege.

I used to spend part of my summers grading AP history exams. After a couple of summers of increasing frustration due to what I perceived to be loaded questions being asked of students, the Lord brought a different summer opportunity that enables me to travel and experience historical sites, bringing a better understanding of American history back to the classroom. I take a 9’ x 12’ LED screen (http://visibledisplay.com/) to major cultural and sporting events.  Between events my family and I have been able to visit St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos (1605), Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and various museums in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

When not traveling or teaching, most of my time is spent admiring my wife, harvesting my fruits and vegetables, or chasing my children (Stephen 17, Jonathan 16, and Madison 13) in their soccer, basketball, and fishing endeavors. 

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. History, Kansas State University
  • M.A. History, Kansas State University
  • B.A. History, University of Arkansas

Professional Association

Conference on Faith and History

Selected Publication

  • "African American Troops." Article in Sandler, Stanley. ed., World War II in the Pacific: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing 2001

Professional Activities: Consultations & Strategic Planning

  • Served on American Enterprise Institute’s Values & Capitalism’s project  Academic Advisory Council, 2012-2013. 
  • Served as AP Course auditor in Spring 2006 through the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) on behalf of the College Board.
  • Served as a course document rater for the College Board Advanced Placement® Best Practices Course Study being conducted by the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) on behalf of the College Board, March 31-May 31, 2006.
  • Served as a reviewer for the Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant program, March 27-31, 2006. Review process included reading submitted reviews, participating in teleconferences with panel, and providing feedback and scoring online.
  • Served as a reviewer for the Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant program, July 18-22, 2005. Review process included reading submitted reviews, participating in teleconferences with panel, and providing feedback and scoring online.
  • Participant at College Board Advance Placement Program, AP Reading, San Antonio, Texas, June 2-9, 2005.
  • Participant at College Board Advance Placement Program, AP Reading, San Antonio, Texas, June 2-8, 2004.
  • Served as a reviewer for the Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant program, April 2004. Review process included reading submitted reviews, participating in teleconferences with panel, and providing feedback and scoring online.
  • Reviewed draft of Reyerson, Kathryn L. Jacques Coeur: Entrepreneur and King's Bursar. Library of World Biography Series. New York: A.B. Longman, 2005.
  • Served as a reviewer for the Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant program, August 10-12, 2003 in Washington D.C. Review process included reading submitted reviews, participating in panel discussions, and providing feedback and scoring.
  • Reviewed draft of Donaldson, Gary A., ed. American Foreign Policy: The Twentieth Century in Documents. New York: Longman, 2003.
  • Reviewed (June 2002) portions of Encountering Western Civilization published by Longman Publishers.
  • Reviewed (June 2002) portions of The Wider West published by Longman Publishers.
  • Served as a reviewer for the Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant program, July 27-August 2, 2002 in Washington D.C.  Review process included reading submitted reviews, participating in panel discussions, and providing feedback and scoring.

Professional Activities: Conferences/Professional Meetings Attended

  • American Enterprise Institute, Values & Capitalism, Purpose and Prosperity Conference, June 13-15, 2013, Washington, D.C. (I attended with 4 students from Bryan.) 
  • Free Market Forum, October 2012, Houston, Texas. 
  • American Enterprise Institute, Values & Capitalism, Purpose and Prosperity Conference, June 6-9, 2012, Washington, D.C. 
  • Purpose and Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy, June 2011, American Enterprise Institute, Washington D.C. (I attended with 4 students from Bryan.) 
  • Christian Student Leadership Conference, January 2012, National Association of Evangelicals, Washington D.C. (I took students for Federal Seminar course.) 
  • Free Market Forum, October 2011, Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Purpose and Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy, June 2011, American Enterprise Institute, Washington D.C. (I attended with 4 students from Bryan.) 
  • Christian Student Leadership Conference, January 2010, National Association of Evangelicals, Washington D.C. (I took students for Federal Seminar course.) 
  • Free Market Forum, September 2010, Hillsdale College. 
  • Free Market Forum, September 2008, Hillsdale College. 
  • Free Market Forum, September 2007, Hillsdale College. 

Topics of Expertise

  • American military history
  • Political history
  • Religious history