Christian Higher Education Since 1892

History Education Major


Meet the Faculty

Richard Huston

Dr. Richard Huston

History and Political Science Department Chair and Professor of History

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I'm a graduate of Greenville College, but didn't fully appreciate my experience until arriving at a large state school for my graduate degree. There, I saw that as long as students were getting passing grades, and staying out of trouble with the law, they could do anything ... ANYTHING they wanted. I also saw that the professors invested themselves in their graduate students, and let the graduate students supervise the undergrads. I resonated with a friend of mine who compared Christian Liberal Arts colleges to a family, and large state universities to orphanages. When I was a student at Greenville, several of my professors invested themselves personally in me, both inside and outside the classroom. A professor I never even had for class, opened his home to me for the summer. I can never repay them, but I can pay it forward.

I love becoming personally involved in the lives of my students. They never cease to amaze me with their creativity, abilities and interests. History Education grads have taught in Paraguay, Thailand, and Guam, but also St. Louis, Chicago and Normal.


What attracted you to the Education Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I came to Greenville focused on being an Education major. I had grown up in South America with missionary parents, and wanted to return there after graduating. The best way to do that was to return to teach at the same school for missionary kids that I had attended most of my life. So I majored in History Education at Greenville, and returned to teach there for two years. Eventually, I returned to the States for graduate school and decided to teach at the College level.

Teaching at a small college allows me to be a jack-of-all-trades. I have realized the advantages of teaching broadly, in other areas of history, as well as in other disciplines. I've been able to develop my other areas of interest by teaching courses in geography, anthropology and missiology. In fact, I've been able to use opportunities through a Fulbright scholarship to teach methods classes at universities in Paraguay and in Nicaragua. My interest in Latin America and in travel have led me to organize mission trips and study-abroad opportunities for Greenville students and faculty in Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Israel.


Dr. Scott Neumann

Associate Professor of History and Political Science

My main hobby is reading. My family and I spent the last year in Lithuania. we have three children and another on the way.

Teresa Blue Holden

Dr. Teresa Blue Holden

Assistant Professor of History/Political Science and French
Jameson Ramirez

Jameson Ramirez

Assistant Men's Soccer Coach; Head Men's Reserve Team Soccer Coach

Dr. Eric Watterson

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Richard Beans

Dr. Richard Beans

Assistant Professor of Psychology

I grew up in the Assemblies of God church, but have been a member of the Free Methodist Church since 1986. I joined the faculty of Greenville College in 1987 and have attended the Greenville FMC regularly. I've taught an adult Sunday school class for more than a decade and enjoy making connections between scripture and psychology. An interest in picture books was kindled by reading to my children regularly during their preschool years and seeing how it benefited both me and my children in many ways. I have made conference and classroom presentations on how to use picture books as an aid to childhood development and I use picture books regularly in the classroom to illustrate psychological concepts. While on sabbatical, I began to work on a book about the psychology of picture books and continues to complete the work.

John R. Chism

John R. Chism

Professor of Management

I have taught at GC longer than any of the faculty in the department, 27 years! I bring a wide background, from the past and the present. After growing up on a farm in west central Illinois, I attended Greenville College where I met my wife Susan. We now have four children and thirteen grandchildren. After college, I taught in Wisconsin public schools and served as an officer in the US Air Force. I then started an agency for Northwestern Mutual Life, selling, recruiting, and training for eight years. In 1983 I accepted an invitation to serve at Greenville College, as an instructor, fund raiser, member of many committees, and as department chair for 10 years. I have taught a wide variety of business courses, but I most enjoy economics.

I completed all of my graduate education while pursuing a full-time career. At first I commuted to the University of Illinois for his MBA while in the insurance business; then to SIU-Edwardsville for his Masters in Economics while teaching at Greenville College.

I help my students think like economists: Never waste your resources; but channel them toward their most valuable uses. Exercise sound stewardship. Increase wealth for your family, your community, and the world. Maximize your productive service to your client. Respect your fellow human's property rights. Trust the marketplace. Accept full responsibility for your results, good or bad. Consider secondary consequences and opportunity costs. Create, as one who was made in our Creator's likeness.

I constantly seek experiences that will enrich my teaching and thinking. My consulting and exploring has taken me to Ukraine, Rwanda, and the Philippines, where I advised a charitable organization on setting up a micro-finance service. I volunteer for a number of community activities, including City Planning Commission, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Relay for Life, and the Hospital Auxiliary Annual Book Fair. In addition I serve on the boards of several charitable foundations. I also operate a successful online retail business, started in 2004.

In a turning point experience, I survived leukemia (AML) in 2002. This changed my attitude toward aging, good health, death, and living a productive and loving life. Also it channeled some of my side interests toward helping organizations that work to overcome cancer and to comfort its victims.

Sandra Salguero-Schmidt

Dr. Sandra Salguero-Schmidt

Language, Literature, and Culture Department Chair and Professor of English

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

The best thing about GC is the incredible community of people with whom I work. We care about each other and support each others' endeavors-whether personal or professional. You never need to fear backbiting or mean spirited attacks. There are difficult challenges working at a small university, but we manage to work through them together. We may not agree with each other, but we respect each others' opinion. What a blessing!

What attracted you to Language, Literature, and Culture?

As a passionate reader from an early age and coming from a family of teachers, the path was clear-to teach English. Through my higher education studies, though, I realized that I loved learning about language and how/why people learn languages. My focus turned from literature to  second language acquisition. My masters  is in English Language and Literature, but my doctorate is in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education. My favorite aspects of SLA include socio-linguistics and cross-cultural studies. I have been teaching English to speakers of other languages for years and have loved every moment of it. Fortunately, I also get to share my passion by training others to teach ESL. The best part is making friends with people from all over the world!

Kathryn Taylor

Dr. Kathryn Taylor

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education & Certification Officer
Karlene Johnson

Dr. Karlene Johnson

Associate Professor of Math/Science Education, Co-Director of the Traditional Teacher Education Program

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

As an alum, GC has always held a special place in my heart. When I was initially hired on the faculty one of the first things I experienced was the faculty coming together in prayer over the existing/new students and their families. When I was a student here, I hadn't really contemplated that I was entering a community that was already in prayer and expectation over me. Community isn't merely a place to us; it is a way of being with one another.

What attracted you to Education, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I was originally interested in entering Medicine. After a practicum experience with a doctor, I felt strongly that God was leading me in another direction. After some time of seeking, I realized that the great pleasure I felt from the experiences I had as a Teaching Assistant (during grad school) and a Lab Assistant (at GC) was an indicator that Education was the path I should take. I have never regretted this decision! I love that I get the opportunity to engage with young people for at least a year, building relationships that equip and empower them for future action. The field of Education has also been very good to me. I have had opportunities to teach in day and boarding schools, in the U.S. and overseas.

Lisa Amundson

Lisa Amundson

Instructor of Special Education

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

My favorite thing about Greenville is the students. I love how engaged and excited they are about learning. How they seek out new experiences and ideas to wrestle with as they develop into people with a heart for God.

What attracted you to Education?

I love the learning process, so I only ever wanted to become a teacher. Now that I get to teach teachers... I feel I am the luckiest girl in the world.


Career Opportunities

  • High School History Teacher