Title: Historian, Professor Emeritus
Company: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Ronald Clinton 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.
Dr. Naugle has been honored with the title of Professor Emeritus since his retirement from Nebraska Wesleyan in 2004. Since 1980, he held the Hūge-Kinne Endowed Chair of History and served as Professor and Chair of the History Department. He has also been the director of two important Wesleyan programs; Wesleyan’s graduate Historical Studies program designed for high school history and social studies teachers, as well as the Wesleyan Honors Academy for advanced high school students, which provided them the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school. Dr. Naugle was also a member of the Honors Academy’s accrediting organization, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships where he served as representative for 4-year private colleges and universities. He was awarded emeritus status by the Board of the National Alliance upon the completion of his term in office in 2006. In 2017, he was also a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award. From 2001 to 2017 he was selected for inclusion in four volumes of Who’ Who in America.
Born in Mitchell, Indiana to Durward Clinton and Martha May Naugle, Dr. Naugle received a B.A. degree in History, Government, and Philosophy at Purdue University in 1964 and an M.A. in American History at Purdue in 1966. He began teaching as an Instructor in American History 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 served as the Nebraska state coordinator for the National History Day Program from 1985 to 2005, and served as the representative for the Mountain-Plains State’s programs on the Executive Council of State Coordinators. He also directed a Nebraska Summer Institute for high school History and Social Study’s teachers at Fort Robinson from 1991 to 2006 funded in part by a National Teaching American History grant administered by the U. S. Department of Education.
Dr. Naugle is an associate fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies, a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Academy, belongs to the International Quilt Center, is a lifetime member of the Nebraska State Historical Society (Now HistoryNebraska) and a lifetime member of Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society and served as president of the State Council for History Education from 2005 to 2008.
Dr. Naugle is a celebrated author, co-author, and editor. He won the Frost award for the best work in the folk arts as co-author for “Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers” from the Smithsonian Institution in 1993 and an award as senior author for “History of Nebraska, 4th ed.” from the Nebraska Center for the Book for the best reference work in Nebraska history in 2015. In 1981, he published “A Brief History of Nebraska” as a tourist guide to major historical sites in Nebraska. He has also contributed to historical documentary films as a consultant and editor, including an award from Women in Broadcasting for the film “White Man’s Way,” in 1987, which focused on the history of the Genoa, Nebraska Industrial Indian School. He also served as a consultant for a three hour documentary entitled, “Lost Nation: The Ioway” in 2013.
As a scholar and supporter of numerous historical organizations, Dr. Naugle has received many awards. In 2003, he received the Paul Beck Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award from the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies as well as the 2003 Nebraska Sower Award from the Nebraska Humanities Council (now HumanitiesNebraska), and a 1998 Addison E. Sheldon award from the Nebraska State Historical Society. Dr. Naugle is also an active observer of politics in Nebraska and upon his retirement from teaching in 2004 was appointed by the Governor to the Nebraska State Hall of Fame Commission on which is has served as chair since 2015.
Dr. Naugle and his wife, Gretchen, an Episcopal priest and former librarian, are the proud parents of Meredith, who also has a PhD but not in history, rather in Mechanical Engineering. As for hobbies, Dr. Naugle also enjoys cooking and carpentry.
Contact Dr. Naugle