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Joshua McMullen, Ph.D.

Department Chair, General Education; Director, Honors Program; Assistant Professor of History


  • Ph.D., History, University of Missouri
  • M.A., Church History, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Theology, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • M.A., History, University of Missouri
  • B.A., Christian Education, Biblical Literature, Taylor University

Classes Taught

  • Survey of United States History
  • Western Civilization
  • Jeffersonian and Jacksonian America
  • Religious History of the United States
  • Research Methods and Historiography

Research Interests

Cultural and Religious History of the United States

Teaching Philosophy

History, like all academic disciplines, should help students to think critically. At the root of this goal is the understanding that the more we learn, the more able we are to learn. As Christians, we endeavor to soften our hearts through prayer, worship, fellowship and Scripture so that it becomes more open to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, we are called to sharpen our minds so that they become more effective instruments, not only for God's work in us but God's use of us in advancing His kingdom. Knowledge, however, does not always lead to wisdom. This is why education in a Christian community is a vital aspect of academic pursuit, where, as disciples of Christ—teachers and students alike—encourage one another in wisdom and Christ-likeness. As a Christian teacher, I am deeply dedicated to teaching students to translate knowledge into wisdom, providing them lifelong skills on the path of discipleship. While effectively preparing students for their vocations, my deeper purpose is to encourage and guide students down a path of lifelong discipleship to Christ.

This goal is accomplished by a teacher who is committed to rigorous academic standards and passionate pursuit of Christ. As a teacher, I attempt to create an interactive learning environment through a variety of teaching methods that recognizes the diversity of students and learning styles. I also understand that teaching and learning does not stop when classroom time ends. Teachers who were willing to share their passion, insights, and love for God outside the classroom served as mentors and models. They did this by being available to students as mentors, volunteering their time on service projects, and attending university events. Through informative lectures, in-class discussion and posing open-ended questions, I strive to lead students to critically evaluate the culture in which they live with biblical truth. Second, a more thorough knowledge of western culture and the wider world provides students with a clearer vision for service. As a professor, it is one of my most important duties to help students realize their own God-given gifts and callings, so that they may be more effective agents of God's redemption to the world.


Dr. McMullen hails from East-Central Ohio. He and his family (wife and three children) reside in Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. McMullen appreciates Regent's focus on education of the whole person. He values Regent's educational environment in which students and faculty can form sustained relationships and where a teacher/mentor can draw upon the strengths, experiences and diverse backgrounds of individual students to help them impact the world.The McMullens enjoy being outdoors whether hiking, camping or swimming.

Dr. McMullen’s research focuses on cultural and religious history of the United States. His book, Under the Big Top: Big Tent Revivalism and American Culture (Oxford, 2015), focuses on the interaction between big tent revivalism and the transition from a Victorian to a Consumer culture in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. His current work focuses on the American identity crisis of the Great Depression.

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