Former Visiting Assistant Professor of History Samuel Negus will return to campus in the fall to continue in his role as the director of the program and curriculum review in the provost’s office, according to Dean of Faculty Mark Kalthoff.
“I’m excited to return to Hillsdale,” Negus said. “I really liked the relationship that students built with professors and the fact that conversations continue outside of the classroom.”
Negus was a visiting professor of history at the college from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, he attended graduate school at Texas Christian University, where he studied alongside Visiting Assistant Professor of History Miles Smith IV.
Negus substituted for Dean of the Social Sciences Paul Moreno during Moreno’s time teaching at the Allan P. Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, he said.
“I found that the school emphasis on the core was something the students and the professors loved,” he said.
After Hillsdale, Negus taught at Atlanta Classical Academy, a K‑12, tuition-free charter school established by the Barney Charter School Initiative. Negus said he wants to continue teaching the kind of liberal arts education that Hillsdale offered.
While Negus said he loved the school curriculum, he said he was eager for an opportunity to return to Hillsdale.
“You go into education and then see your love of it not being fulfilled,” Negus said. “When I came to Hillsdale, I saw how learning is supposed to be done.”
As the director of program and curriculum review, Negus said he will work on the college’s accreditation.
Negus said he has no plans to teach, but he may get involved with the history department in the future.
“I’m thrilled that Dr. Negus is returning to Hillsdale,” Smith said. “He’ll provide the provost’s office with intensity, hard work, and a better knowledge of second-rate English football teams than any other collegiate administrative office in Michigan.”