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Tom Jones

Halbrook Distinguished Chair of Civic History and Professor of History Emeritus

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american diplomatic & political history american history civic engagement history of education world history


  • EdD, Educational Leadership/History, Ball State University
  • Additional Graduate Work, History, Miami University (Ohio), Purdue University
  • MA, History, University of Notre Dame
  • BS, History/Social Studies Education, Taylor University

Career Highlights

  • Alumni Professor of the Year (1993, 2004), Chair of History, Global & Political Studies, Dean of Faculty Development, Dean of Humanities, Arts & Biblical Studies, Interim Provost
  • 40+ years of service to Taylor in full-time and adjunct roles
  • Former president of the Geography Educators of Indiana (GENI)


This is a university community in which ideas matter and professors are not afraid to explore tough questions with students.  We genuinely believe that honest questions posed by honest and humble scholars results in a deeper understanding of and appreciation for God.


Reading biographies, spending time with family, enjoying a good cup of coffee with students and colleagues at The Jumping Bean, working with the Center Christian Church family (Fairmount, IN) where I have served as minister for more than 50 years.