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Course Descriptions:

Full-Time Faculty:

Jessica Clark Jessica Clark, PhD
Chair, Social Science & Education Division
Associate Professor of History
Office: 1222
Phone: 307-382-1864

PhD, History, North Dakota State University, 2010
MA, History, North Dakota State University, 2004
BA, History, Broad Area-Secondary Education, Central Washington University, 2002

"People will always be shaped by their origins." -- Alexis de Tocqueville

Syllabi: HIST 1251 | HIST 1320 | HIST 2059 | HIST 2470 | HIST 2470 (HS)

Dr. Jessica (Jess) Clark is an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science in the Social Science Division at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC). Born and reared in the Pacific Northwest, she has a deep appreciation for the American West. Clark has a BA in History: Teaching Broad Area from Central Washington University (CWU), a MA in History from North Dakota State University (NDSU), and a PhD from NDSU. Before coming to WWCC, she was Adjunct Faculty (of History) in the Social Science Division at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) and an Instructor for the Department of Distance Education (of history and education) at NDSU. She has been teaching history classes since 2007 and political science and education classes since 2010.

Clark is an oral historian by training. She specializes in rural history, with an emphasis in childhood, ethnicity, and memory studies. Thus, her research and teaching tends to focus on social and cultural history. Clark has published three chapters of her dissertation, "Germans from Russia on the Northern Plains." Her first solo publication appeared in the Historian (Winter 2010), "'Work Makes Life Sweet': Germans from Russia Remember Their Childhood." Then, in July 2011 the Journal of Family History published "'More than a Photo': Germans from Russia Remember Their Familial Relationships." The Journal of History of Childhood and Youth published "Treasured Memories: Growing up German-Russian on the Northern Plains" (Spring 2012). Clark has additional publications listed on her curriculum vita.

From 2005 to 2010, Clark was the recipient of the Germans from Russia History Doctoral Fellowship. Under this fellowship, Clark was responsible for designing, launching, and coordinating the Dakota Memories Oral History Project (DMOHP) for the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) at NDSU. The DMOHP was designed to preserve the history and heritage of the second- and third-generation Germans from Russia. While Clark was coordinating this project, the staff collected nearly 200 oral histories and produced seven radio programs. These oral histories served as the basis for Clark's dissertation and publications mentioned above. NDSU's Graduate School recognized Clark's dedication to research and preservation in 2010, by awarding her Graduate Researcher of the Year for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Division. In addition the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at NDSU awarded her the Morrill Prize in 2011.

Most recently Clark has become interested in Wyoming history. In 2011 she joined the Wyoming State Historical Society, and formed the "Sweet Memories: Research Group" with students from WWCC. Although Sweet Memories is in its infancy, students are already active in a variety of projects. In fact, this past spring - Spring 2014 - two students presented their research projects at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Wyoming. In addition, Clark is presently collaborating with Ms. Janice Grover-Roosa and the Hay Library on processing hundreds of oral histories collected by her predecessors Mr. Chris Plant, Dr. Dave Kathka, and Dr. Dudley Gardner. View Dr. Clark's curriculum vita.

Mark Neels Mark A. Neels, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Office: 1226
Phone: 307-382-1771

PhD, History, Southern Illinois University, 2015
MA, History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2009
BA, History, Missouri State University, 2006

Syllabi: HIST 1211 | HIST 1211 (NT2)

Dr. Mark Neels is Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science in the Social Science Division at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC). A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he specializes in U.S. History with an emphasis on the era of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. He holds a BA in History from Missouri State University, a MA in History from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a PhD from Southern Illinois University. Before coming to WWCC, he was Adjunct Faculty of History in the School of Humanities at Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO), as well as St. Louis Community College (Meramec campus), and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has been teaching history classes since 2010 and political science classes since 2016.

Dr. Neels is a cultural and political historian by training, but has also worked in other disciplines such as economic history, intellectual history, and public history. He also spent six months working in the field of document editing with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, and has contributed editorial work to projects with the Walt Whitman Archive at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Neels has also published three articles with the Lindenwood Confluence Magazine, "We Shall Be Literally Sold to the Dutch: Nativist Supression of German Radicals in Antebellum St. Louis, 1852-1861" in 2009, "The Barbarous Custom of Dueling: Death and Honor on St. Louis's Bloody Island" in 2010, and "'I Will Continue to Make the Best Defense I Can': Edward Bates and the Battle over the Missouri Constitution of 1865" in 2013. His most recent article, "'A Just Application of Democratic Principles': The Fiscal Conservatism of Salmon P. Chase," is scheduled for publication in The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association in January 2018.

From 2008-2015, Dr. Neels appeared at numerous academic conferences, where he presented on topics from Nativism in the Antebellum United States to the environmental history of pre-Civil War St. Louis, as well as on topics such as the development of conservative ideology in the North during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In March 2017, he was the recipient of the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize for his work on the origins of conservative Unionism as represented by the self-identified conservative members of Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. He is currently in the process of revising the dissertation for publication.

At WWCC, Dr. Neels teaches HIST 1211, United States to 1865, HIST 1410, Introduction to U.S. Environmental History, HIST 1251, Wyoming History, and POLS 1000, American and Wyoming Government. View Dr. Neels' curriculum vita.

Adjunct Faculty:

Miles Lewis Miles Lewis, PhD
Phone: 701-367-0932

PhD, History, North Dakota State University, 2012
MA, History, North Dakota State University, 2004
MA, Education-Teaching, History, Montana State University, 2002
BA, History, Montana State University, 2000

Syllabi: HIST 1221

Miles D. Lewis was born and raised in rural central Montana. He grew up on a cattle ranch near the Railroad town of Harlowton. After graduating in 1995, Miles enlisted in the United States Marine Corps completing boot camp at MCRD San Diego and the School of Infantry that same year. While in the Marines he served in such billets as alternate reconnaissance team leader and as a non-commissioned officer as a section chief in charge of supply administration and embarkation. While active in the reserves, Miles enrolled in classes at Montana State University-Billings. He graduated with an extended Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 2000. Two years later he earned a Master's of Education (Interdisciplinary Studies-Teaching History) from MSU-B. Miles then enrolled in graduate studies at North Dakota State University. In 2004 he attained a Master degree in the American West, followed by his Ph.D. in 2012 in Great Plains History, with minor fields in Modern Germany and World History. His substantive research interests are in Regional History as a Methodology, Agricultural History (particularly apiculture), and Historical Memory and Identity from a grassroots perspective. View Dr. Lewis' curriculum vita.

Miles Mathews Miles Mathews, MA
Adjunct of History
Phone: 307-460-0512

MA, History, University of Wyoming, 2009
BA, History, University of Wyoming, 2005

Syllabi: HIST 1211

A native of Cody, Wyoming and a graduate of WWCC, Miles Mathews received his BA degree in 2005 and MA degree in 2009 from the University of Wyoming. He specialized in 19th Century American History with an emphasis on the Civil War period. His research interests include topics related to General William Tecumseh Sherman, the American Civil War, and the U.S. Army in the 19th Century. He has served as adjunct faculty at WWCC since 2010. View Miles Mathews' curriculum vita.

Andrea Glessner Andrea Glessner, PhD
Phone: 316-640-3969

PhD, History, North Dakota State University, 2014
MA, History, Emporia State University, 2008
MLS, Library Science, Emporia State University, 2008
BA, History and French, College of Ozarks, 2004

Syllabi: HIST 1251 | HIST 1290

Andrea Mott (Glessner) was born and raised in south-central Kansas near the city of Wichita. She has always had a strong fascination with history and horses, although not always simultaneously. In 2000 she left the state of Kansas to embark on a new journey: college. For the next three and a half years Mott studied history and French at College of the Ozarks, a small liberal-arts college in Missouri. She graduated in 2004 with Bachelor's degrees in both fields. Instead of continuing straight on to graduate school Dr. Mott took a year-long hiatus to teach English in France. That experience was enlightening and educational. It also gave her an understanding of what it was like adapting to a different culture. The following year, after her return home, she began her graduate studies at Emporia State University, located in central Kansas. In 2008 she graduated with her M.A. in History and an M.L.S. After the successful completion of her degrees at ESU Dr. Mott moved to Fargo, North Dakota, and began her doctoral degree in history. She graduated in May 2014 with her Ph.D.

Mott has long been fascinated with local and public history. She combined those interests in her doctoral dissertation "Running Wild, Running Free?: Changing Perceptions of Wild Horses in the American Landscape." She emphasized the history of the American West, the Great Plains, range management, and rural and agricultural studies in this work. Oral histories and boots on the ground research were also valuable elements in her dissertation. View Dr. Glessner's curriculum vita.

Concurrent and/or Adjunct Faculty:

Sharolyn Griffith Sharolyn Griffith, MA
Concurrent Instructor of History
Phone: 307-248-0595

MA, Humanities: History, Adams State University, 2011
BA, Education-Teaching, History, Brigham Young University, 1994

Sharolyn S. Griffith earned a bachelor's degree in history at Brigham Young University and a master's in history at Adams State University. She is a James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Fellow and works also as a nationally board certified history and government teacher in Star Valley, Wyoming, where she lives with her greatest joys, a son and two daughters. Griffith loves to read, run and exercise, spend time outdoors fly fishing, canoeing and hiking, and attempts to keep up with the changing global events. She admits to having a slight addiction to Pinterest and is a little obsessed with cooking, especially experimenting with global and historic dishes. Once in a while Griffith loves to catch a good movie or attend the theatre, art museum or music venue. View curriculum vita. View Sharolyn Griffith's curriculum vita.

Rose Robertson Rose Robertson, MA
Adjunct/Concurrent Instructor of History and Political Science
Phone: 307-367-2137 ext 4447

MA, Interdisciplinary Education, New Mexico University, 2014
BA, Social Studies Education, University of Wyoming, 2008

Syllabi: HIST 1211

A native of Western Wyoming, Rose Robertson was born and raised in Jackson Hole. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Social Studies Education. In the summer of 2014, Robertson graduated with a Master's in Interdisciplinary Education with an emphasis in Political Science and History from Western New Mexico University. She is both a concurrent and adjunct professor at Western Wyoming Community College and was recognized in 2016 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as the Wyoming History Teacher of the Year. She is the mother of two rambunctious boys and spends her free time reading, enjoying the outdoors, and participating in community events. View Rose Robertson's curriculum vita.

Stephanie Johnson Stephanie Johnson, MA
Phone: 307-782-6340

MA, Political Science, University of Utah, 2003
BA, Political Science, University of Utah, 1993

Syllabi: HIST 1211 (Purple) | HIST 1211 (White)

Stephanie Johnson currently teaches social studies at Mountain View High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and education from the University of Utah, with minors in both history and Russian language. Her master's degree, also from the University of Utah, is in political science, with an emphasis in Constitutional history and political theory. Stephanie is a James Madison Fellow, and a National Board Certified Teacher in social studies. She lived in South Korea for many years, first as a missionary for her church, then as a teacher. She was an adjunct faculty member for Snow College (Utah) and teaches both political science and history classes concurrently for WWCC. She has been a candidate for the Wyoming State Legislature and served on the Mountain View Town Council. View Stephanie Johnson's curriculum vita.

Faculty Emeritus:

Dudley Gardner Dudley Gardner, PhD
Professor of Emeritus
Phone: 307-382-1746

PhD, History, University of New Mexico, 2000
MA, History, Colorado State University, 1980
BA, English, Lee College, 1977

Dr. A. Dudley Gardner taught history, political science, and anthropology/archeology at Western Wyoming Community College from 1990 through 2014. In addition, he served as the Social Science and Fine Arts Division Chair from 1994 through 2013. Dr. Gardner is a notable scholar with numerous grants and publications. He earned his PhD in History from the University of New Mexico (2000), MA in History from Colorado State University (1980), and BA in English from Lee College (1977).

For more information, contact Jessica Clark at (307) 382-1864 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181