James  Finck

Associate Professor of American History

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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD History University of Arkansas 2008
MA History Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2002
BA History College of William and Mary 2000


Dr. James Finck has been a member of the Science & Arts faculty since 2011. He is an assistant professor of history. Dr. Finck teaches the American History courses at Science & Arts, but his specialty is the Civil War and Political History.

Before joining Science & Arts, Finck taught at the University of Texas-Pan American for five years. He has also taught at Northwestern Arkansas Community College and as a grad student for three yeas at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Finck has authored several publications and has received the Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowship, the Gordon G. McNeil Paper Award.  In 2014 Dr. Finck won the Science & Arts Regents Award for Scholarly Activity.

Dr. Finck offers several interesting classes at Science & Arts, including a two semester class on American Presidents and Political Parties, The Civil War, Cultural Resources Managment, and the Middle East.  He also teaches the History Capstone writing class and and a Readings in American History Seminar.

Dr. Finck is the chair of the Summer History Symposium and the Science & Arts Summer History Camp which are held together. The Symposium brings important historians to the campus of Science & Arts for the benefit of the students and the community. The History Camp is meant to excite high school students to learn more about history. For the Camp high school students can apply for a scholarship to spend two days on campus hearing lectures from Science & Arts faculty as well as the Symposium speaker.  The students will sleep in the dorms and the next morning have a special breakfast with the the featured speaker.