Millikin University - Decatur, IL

Shapers of the Great Debate on the Civil War: A Biographical Dictionary (2005)

The Republican Vision of John Tyler (2003)

At Home with Illinois' Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion (2002)

John L. O'Sullivan and His Times (2003)

Full-Time Faculty

 Dr. Dan Monroe is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department.  He earned a doctorate in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked with Professor Robert W. Johannsen.  He received the Heiligenstein Award for Teaching Excellence and was a fellow at the Virginia Historical Society and Lincoln Legal Papers.  Monroe is the author of three books:  The Republican Vision of John Tyler (2003), At Home with Illinois’ Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion (2002), and Shapers of the Great Debate on the Civil War: A Biographical Dictionary (2005), with co-author Dr. Bruce Tap. 
   Dr. Timothy Kovalcik, Associate Professor of History, bleeds blue.  He graduated from Millikin in 1996, where he received departmental honors and the Albert T. Mills history student of the year award.  He returned to Millikin in 2001 as an adjunct for the History and Religion departments, and was hired full time in 2005.  His qualifications include a Master of Arts in Theology from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Bristol, in the United Kingdom.  At the University of Bristol Dr. Kovalcik was the only American to receive the distinguished Overseas Research Scholarship. His academic interests include medieval anti-Semitism, Holocaust and genocide studies, modern European studies and African history.  Teaching and research at Millikin are really hobbies.  Dr. Kovalcik’s full-time job is helping his wife Helene (also a Millikin graduate) take care of four beautiful children--Kaley, Emmery, Isaiah and Sara Beth. 
   Dr. Brian Mullgardt, Assistant Professor of History, earned his PhD in History from the University of Connecticut.  He specializes in Cold War society and culture, with special attention to the 1960s.  Dr. Mullgardt has taught at both the university and high school levels, experiences he brings to Millikin as Coordinator of the Social Science Secondary Education Major program.  He has received teaching awards from the University of Chicago and the The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Joseph B.Whitehead Foundation, and has published articles in the Journal of Illinois History and Independent Teacher. He is currently working on a manuscript about the impact of the 1968 Democratic National Convention on the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
   Dr. William Keagle, Adjunct Professor of History, comes to Millikin with a varied background.  Born in Denver, he grew up in Wyoming, worked as a cowboy, a mechanic, a truck and bus driver, learned to fly, and has been involved in music and the theater since childhood. He has two degrees in religion and two degrees in History, including a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Keagle was a pastor for many years. He also has clinical training in counseling and served a professional counselor. He has been married for over forty years,  has two grown daughters and one grandchild. Dr. Keagle has traveled extensively, including all fifty states and more than forty countries.  He continues to teach at Millikin because he loves it and thoroughly enjoys interacting with students.
   Dr. Robert D. Sampson, Adjunct Professor of History, received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specializing in early-to-mid-19th century U.S. history, labor history, and Modern Britain.  He is the author of (Kent State University Press, 2003), has contributed to historical anthologies and encyclopedias, and written several journal articles, the most recent, "A Priest on the Front Lines: Father Martin B. Mangan in the Decatur 'War Zone,': 1991-1998."  A former newspaper reporter and columnist, former congressional aide, Dr. Sampson terms himself "a recovering politician."  His courses focus on U.S. history, politics, and economics.  Described as the "slowest man in vintage baseball," Sampson has played the game which features the rules, uniforms, and equipment (no gloves) of the 1860 era for over 20 years.  He is currently researching a book dealing with the challenges and tensions surrounding the introduction of baseball into Illinois in the 1860s.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL