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Dr. Glenn Sanders

Professor of History
Chair, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Glenn Sanders has traveled to Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Syria, and Turkey for pleasure and further study. He has received OBU's Promising Teacher and Meritorious Service Awards. Professor Sanders teaches the Western Civilization sequence, Middle East, and Senior Seminar. He is an ordained elder at United Presbyterian Church, Shawnee, where he sings in the choir. He and his wife, Alice, have four children: Mary, Clara, Isabel, and Edward.


  • B.A., Baylor University
  • M.A., Baylor University
  • Ph.D., Brown University
  • Dissertation: “Bureaucrats and Centralized Bureaucracy under Edward I, 1272-1307”

Courses Taught

  • HIST 2013
  • HIST 2023
  • HIST/POLI 4003

Selected Publications

“Christian Practices and the Vocation of Teaching History,” in Fides et Historia, forthcoming.

“What My Students Teach Me about Death,” in Death, ed. Robert B. Kruschwitz, Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics (Waco, Tex.:  Baylor University, 2013), 69-73.

Oct. 2011: "Educating for Wisdom: Hearing from Our Students." Baylor University conference "Educating for Wisdom in the Twenty-first Century University" (Waco, Tex.)

Oct. 2011: "Letting Things Intrude: Categories of Spiritual Formation in the Secular Classroom." Calvin College conference "Education as Formation: Christian Approaches" (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

"How Christian Practices Help to Engage Students Morally and Spiritually: Testimony from a Western Civilization Course," in Faith, Learning, and Christian Practices, ed. David I. Smith and James K.A. Smith (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2011), 157-76

July 2011: Fides et Ratio Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition ("The Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries")(Lander, Wyo.)

June 2011: "Learning to Teach for Justice: Christian Practices and the Contemporary Middle East." National Faith, Justice, and Civic Learning Conference (Chicago)

Nov. 2010: "Conference, Conversatio Morum, and Spiritual Friendship: A Tool for Spiritual Growth in a Core Course." Conference on Christianity, Culture, and Diversity in America (Grand Rapids)

Oct. 2010: "History, Christian Practices, and Justice: Teaching All Three Together." Conference on Faith and History biennial meeting (Newberg, Ore.)

June 2009: Calvin College Faculty Summer Seminar in Christian Scholarship ("Seven Deadly Sins (Capital Vices) in the Christian Tradition") (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Nov. 2008: Consultant-Evaluator Training Session, North Central Association Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corps (Chicago)

2007-09: Project member, "From Christian Practices to Christian Pedagogy: An Initiative for Research and Renewal" (sponsored by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College, and funded by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith)(Grand Rapids)


Recipient, Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought Course Development Grant ($15,000) to create the course “Finding Civil Discourse”


Sept. 2014:  “Christian Practices and Civil Discourse:  What Role Can History Play?”  Conference on Faith and History biennial meeting (Malibu, Calif.)

Jan. 2014:  “Christian Practices and the Vocation of History Teaching.”  American Historical Association meeting (Washington, D.C.)

Oct. 2013:  “Catechesis in the Classroom:  Christian Practices, Historical Narratives, and the Learning of Virtue.”  Calvin College conference “Virtues, Vices, and Teaching” (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Oct. 2012:   “The Personal Response to ‘Technique’:  St. Bernard Speaks to Jacques Ellul.” Baylor University conference " Technology and Human Flourishing " (Waco, Tex.)

Oct. 2012:   “Some Undergraduate Reflections on Technology, Learning, and Wisdom" (Group sponsor).  Baylor University conference "Technology and Human Flourishing" (Waco)

Oct. 2012:   “Knowledge and Providence in the Undergraduate History Classroom." Conference on Faith and History biennial meeting (Wenham, Mass.)


May 2012:   Fides et Ratio Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (“Fathers, Doctors, and Popes”) (Merrimack, N.H.)

Professional Service

2014-present:  Treasurer, Conference on Faith and History