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Dr. Wade Shaffer

Wade Shaffer, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Office: Old Main 407
Email: wshaffer@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2044

Professional Profile

Dr. Shaffer joined the WTAMU faculty in 1994 as assistant professor of history after earning his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary. He has served as head of the Department of History, Political Science and Criminal Justice (now the Department of History), Associate Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Associate Provost, and, from 2012 to February 2020, as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Shaffer teaches courses in 19th century American History and a survey of African-American history.  He also teaches the American history survey class and an occasional graduate seminar in American History before 1900. Dr. Shaffer serves on several university committees and is a Title IX advisor.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Shaffer's has conducted research on 19th century southern newspapers and their role in shaping political affairs in the south and the nation. Dr. Shaffer has published an historiographical essay on Jacksonian politics in a book entitled The Age of Andrew Jackson and looks forward to restarting his research agenda after his work as an administrator.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Shaffer enjoys reading fiction, playing golf and watching baseball – Go Rangers! He is married and has a daughter who lives in Nashville.