School Department News


Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:02am

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 15, 2013 - William Carey University graduate (’71) Dr. G. Douglas Inglis, director and research professor at The Texas Tech University Center in Seville, Spain, will teach the course HIS 490/590: History of the Southern Frontier at WCU’s Hattiesburg campus during  J-Term January 6-10, 2014. The class, which counts for undergraduate or graduate credit, will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with an hour lunch break from 12 – 1 p.m. The cost is $340 per hour for the three-hour credit course. The course is also available for auditing at a cost of $170 per hour for the three-hour course. 

While at William Carey College, Dr. Inglis was a member of the honors program and played basketball his freshman year. After completing his B.A. in history at Carey in two and a half years, Dr. Inglis earned a master’s in history at The University of Southern Mississippi. He then earned his doctorate from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, he received back-to-back Fulbright Fellowships to study in Spanish archives, completing his doctorate in Latin American history in 1979. 

Dr. Inglis’ dissertation at TCU on the historical demography of colonial Cuba was an early application of computers and statistics to historical analysis, and led to a career in systems management and customer behavior analysis.  After starting a book-exporting business, and then a software company, he was enticed to direct departments of systems engineers in the Seville provincial government and then Siemens Corporation.  In 1998, Dr. Inglis retired from Siemens as the coordinator of data warehousing for Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and South Africa).

In January 2001, he established The Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla which he has directed since its founding. The Center has students and faculty-staff from a consortium of four universities that comprise a unique study abroad experience.  Although trained as an historian, his business experience led to an appointment at the Universidad de Sevilla teaching an electronic marketing course to graduating seniors.

Dr. Inglis’ wife,  Pilar Redondo López Inglis, directs the library of the economics and business school of the University of Sevilla. They have two daughters, Lydia María Inglis Redondo, an architect in Seville, and Gloria Pilar Inglis Redondo, a journalist in Madrid.

William Carey students are able to study abroad in Seville, Spain, as part of an agreement with Texas Tech University. The Texas Tech Center in Seville is a consortium of schools eligible to send students and faculty to Spain in order to participate in the Texas Tech study abroad program, which includes sessions for Fall and Spring Semesters as well two shorter sessions during the summer. As students of a consortium member, Carey students have the full benefit of the program without having to transfer schools or credits.

For more information on The Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla, contact Dr. Inglis at For more information about registering for WCU’s J-Term or registering to audit Dr. Inglis’ course, contact Gayle Knight in the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6485 or

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 11:05am

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 10, 2013 - Dr. Myron Noonkester, dean of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters, has recently been named as the 2013 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for William Carey University. Dr. Noonkester was selected by the Mississippi Humanities Council, who chooses one faculty member at each higher learning institution in the state.

Dr. Noonkester will present his humanities lecture titled, “The Last Shoe to Drop: The Educational Foundations of William Carey (1761-1834) and William Thames (1866-1942)” at 1 p.m. on October 30 in the lecture hall of Fail-Asbury Hall, which houses the School of Nursing.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Noonkester has taught at WCU for 30 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history at Duke University before earning his master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi. MHC sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and thus empower Mississippi's people with a vision for the future.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:46am

Hattiesburg, Miss., September 24, 2013 - David “Charles” Laird III of Leakesville, a recent graduate of William Carey University, was recently accepted into a prestigious Ph.D. program in Roman Art and Archaeology at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Charles, who graduated in May, was WCU’s first M.A. graduate for the department of history and social sciences. His master’s thesis was the History of the Church in Late Antique Turkey, and he plans for his doctoral project to be an expansion of his thesis.

“One area I would need to focus on for a Ph.D. level dissertation is the archaeological aspects of the church and University of Leicester offers a joint program in Archaeology and Ancient History,” Charles said. “In addition to the overall credentials held by Leicester, my doctoral advisor Dr. Neil Christie is a leading expert on Late Roman archaeology, so all things considered, it was the best option to pursue and my top choice of school.”

Dr. Mark Nicovich, associate professor of history at WCU, says that this is quite an achievement for Charles and for WCU’s graduate program overall. He also points out that there is a tangential connection between WCU and the city of Leicester.  William Carey, the university’s namesake and the “Father of Modern Missions,” was pastor of Harvey Lane Church in Leicester from 1789-1793, just prior to his departure to India.

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been accepted into such a distinguished program,” Charles said.