Dr. Travis Ricketts

Professor of History and Politics & Government

E-mail: travis.ricketts@bryan.edu
Office Phone: 423.775.7244
Box: 7806

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 huge LED screen (www.tnvalleyled.com ) to major events ranging from Space Shuttle launches to Nation of Islam rallies.  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 enjoying my children (Stephen, Jonathan, and Madison), two of whom have now graduated from Bryan College.

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

  • Wrote grant proposal which between 2015-2020 brought in over $100,000 in foundation funds for creation and offering of courses, and scholarships for students.
  • Participated in panel at American Enterprise Institute, Values & Capitalism Faculty Retreat, January 16-18, 2015, San Diego, CA
  • Co-developed and co-taught pilot Wealth & Justice with cooperation from the American Enterprise Institute and funded by a grant from the Acton Institute, Summer/Fall 2014. Course then made available to other CCCU institutions and developed in online platform.
  • Served on American Enterprise Institute’s Values & Capitalism’s  Academic Advisory Council, 2012-Present.
  • 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.
  • Participant at College Board Advance Placement Program, AP Reading, San Antonio, Texas, 2004 and 2005.
  • Served as a reviewer for the Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant program, 2002-2006. 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.
  • 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.

Professional Activities: Conferences/Professional Meetings Attended

  • Moderated Session at Bryan Center for Undergraduate Research (BCUR), 12
    April 2019, at which three history majors presented papers.
  • “How our View of Liberty Changed from the Founding Fathers to the Twentieth Century,” at the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter Tennessee Society of Sons of the American Revolution, January 10, 2019.
  • Moderated session Undergraduate Research History Conference at Southern Adventist, April 2015
  • Free Market Forum, October 2014, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Moderated session at Bryan Center for Undergraduate Research (BCUR), 28 March 2014.
  • Purpose and Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy, 2011, 2012, & 2013.  American Enterprise Institute, Washington D.C. (Attended with students from Bryan.)
  • Christian Student Leadership Conference, 2010 & 2012, National Association of Evangelicals, Washington D.C. (I took students for Federal Seminar course.)
  • Free Market Forum, September 2007-2008, 2010-16, 2018-19.

Topics of Expertise

  • American military history
  • Political history
  • Religious history
  • Confluence of faith, public policy, & economics