Dr. Donald A. Yerxa
Professor Yerxa, who was graduated from ENC in 1972 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maine, taught at ENC from 1977 to 2014. In May 2009, the College awarded him emeritus status. He is the author of two books on Anglo-American naval history and scores of articles, essays, and interviews on historical and interdisciplinary topics. He is the coauthor of Species of Origins: America’s Search for a Creation Story (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) with Karl Giberson. Professor Yerxa has edited seven volumes in the University of South Carolina Press series, Historians in Conversation , and is also editor of British Abolitionism and the Question of Moral Progress in History, published by the same press in 2012 and the forthcoming Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners? (Bloomsbury, 2015). From 2001 through 2013, Professor Yerxa served as an officer of The Historical Society , a professional historical organization based at Boston University, and as an editor of the Society’s flagship journal Historically Speaking, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. He was also director of the Society’s Religion & Innovation in Human Affairs Grants Program, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. He was a contributing editor for Books & Culture and served for nine years as editor of Fides et Historia, the journal of the the Conference on Faith and History. Professor Yerxa was a recipient of the ENC Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 and 2009; the ENC Professional Achievement Award in 1999, 2002, and 2006; and the Alumni Achievement Award in 2004. He lives with his wife in Venice, FL.
Ph.D. and M.A., University of Maine
B.A. History, Eastern Nazarene College