Title: Historian, Professor Emeritus
Company: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Ronald Naugle, PhD, Historian, Professor Emeritus of Nebraska Wesleyan University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in American History.
Since 2004, Dr. Naugle has been honored with the title of professor emeritus at Nebraska Wesleyan for over 50 years of faithful instruction. Over countless generations of students, he has been named the Huge-Kinne Endowed Chair of History and Professor of History, and has served as director of the historical studies program as well as the Wesleyan Honors Academy. Dr. Naugle continues to serve as chair of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, as well as director of the Wesleyan Honors Academy and a member of the academy’s National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. He is a recipient of a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and was selected for the pages of four volumes of Who’s Who in America from 2001 to 2016.
Born in Mitchel, Indiana to Durward Clinton and Martha May Naugle, Dr. Naugle studied American government and politics at Purdue University, matriculating for an MA in American history in 1966. He started teaching at Nebraska Wesleyan that year, and later earned a PhD in American studies from the University of Kansas in 1976. While teaching at Wesleyan, Dr. Naugle also offered his time to a variety of programs in Nebraska. He was the state coordinator for National History Day from 1985 to 2005, director of the Nebraska Summer Institute for High School History and Social Studies Teachers from 1991 to 2006, and represented the Mountain-Plains States Coordinators on the Executive Committee of State Coordinators from 1997 to 2005.
Dr. Naugle is an associate fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies, a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi, and belongs to the International Quilt Study Center, the Nebraska Historical Society, and the Phi Alpha Theta international history honor society. He served as president of the Nebraska State Council History Education from 2005 to 2008. He is a celebrated author, co-author, and editor of historical texts, notably winning an award for “History of Nebraska, 4th Edition” from the Nebraska Center for the Book in 2015. He is also the 2003 Paul Beck Social Studies Teacher of the Year, presented by the Nebraska State Council of Social Studies, as well as the recipient of a 2003 Nebraska Sower Award from the Nebraska Humanities Council, a 1998 Addison E. Sheldon Award from the Nebraska Historical Society, a 1993 Frost Award from the Smithsonian Institution for the book “Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers”, and a 1987 Clarion Award for the film, “White Man’s Way,” which credits him as co-author. Dr. Naugle is also the proud father of Meredith with his wife, Gretchen Rohn. He enjoys carpentry and cooking.
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