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Thomas Spencer

Director of Honors Student Affairs

Hello!  I'm the Director of Honors Student Affairs here at Eastern.  If you are an honors student and have an issue, please do let me know.  

I come to Eastern after 15 years as a faculty member and Director of the Honors Program at Northwest Missouri State University.  I have taught 20 different courses as well as more than 5,000 students over the years.  I have published three books and numerous articles about Missouri history.  In 2012, I decided to follow a career path into Honors administration which brought me to EIU.

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  • History

I have taught for 15 years, primarily in U.S. History. My specialty area, if I have one now, is Midwestern History. My latest work has involved religious conflict during the 1830s between Mormon migrants and Missourians.


B.A., History, Trinity University, 1990
M.A., History, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992
PhD, History, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1996

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Phone: 581-7875

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