Bill McCoy

Dr. Bill McCoy is assistant professor and chair of the History Department at Eastern Nazarene College. Professor McCoy teaches The West in the World Since 1500, Africa in World History, Twentieth Century Genocide, and survey courses in European and World history. He has also led two travel courses to Swaziland themed around the History of Medical Missions. His doctoral dissertation, completed at Boston University, examined the history of leprosy care in southern Africa, with particular emphasis on missionary activities and the history of humanitarian aid in the region.

Recent Posts

Thinking Outside the Box (Part 2)

Posted by Bill McCoy on Jun 18, 2015 2:00:00 PM

In Part 1 of this blog post, I talked about the necessity of cultivating a habit of "outside the box thinking" and how I experience that in my work as a historian. Such habits of thought are, I think, among the most valuable elements of the kind of education we pursue at Eastern Nazarene College.

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Topics: ENC Faculty, History, Academics

Thinking Outside the Box (Part 1)

Posted by Bill McCoy on Jun 16, 2015 2:00:00 PM

At the end of every academic year, it is our habit in the History Department to hold an end of the year Senior Banquet, when we celebrate the achievements of the past year and say our farewells to graduating seniors. Amidst the festivities, we usually pause for a few minutes of reflection we call “Thoughts from the Chair,” when the department chair offers a few words of reflection, inspiration, and/or challenge to those in attendance. 

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Topics: ENC Faculty, Academics

From MA to D.C.

Posted by Bill McCoy on Apr 14, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Over Spring Break, our colleagues in the Business Department took students on a fabulous weeklong excursion to Ireland. While we couldn't make it quite that far, last week's Easter Break provided an opportunity for 11 students in my 20th Century Genocide course to travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the United States Holocaust Museum. In the History Department, we're big believers in exposing our students to the world outside the classroom, and I always love the opportunities that these sorts of trips bring to engage with students in much richer and more personal ways. A five day roadtrip to D.C. and back proved to be quite a whirlwind, but an incredibly valuable experience for all of us.

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Topics: Academics, Campus Life