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Dr. Carrie Hoefferle

Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, Professor of History
History/College of Arts and Sciences
History, Teacher Education

Contact Information

Office Phone
Burris 109


PhD, History, Central Michigan University/University of Strathclyde 2001



I was raised in a family of 7 in the small village of Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education from Central Michigan University. I was an undecided student until I spent a semester studying history at Exeter University in England. This opened my eyes to the relevance and importance of history as a discipline. I was in the first cohort of History doctoral students in the Joint History PhD program of Central Michigan University and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. My research focused on comparing university student activism in Britain and the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. In researching for my Ph.D., I lived in Glasgow, Scotland and traveled to universities around the UK and USA. I finished my Ph.D. in 2000 and I came to Wingate University in 2001 to teach courses in United States and World History, as well as American women's history and historiography.

I participated in the American Historical Association's Tuning Project with the Lumina Foundation on history learning outcomes and career pathways. At various times, I have chaired Academic Affairs, Lyceum, Honors, Curriculum and Student Engagement, and Women's Studies Committees. I was the chair of the Department of History for several years and have participated in Wingate's strategic planning process since 2015, co-leading initiatives on program review, Health Science career pathways, and work readiness and civic engagement competencies. I was appointed Assistant Dean for General Education in 2016, Dean of General Education in 2019 and in 2021 began serving as the Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences. I am currently co-leading the university's retention partnerships with the John Gardner Institute and Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation.

Employed Since


  • United States and British History
  • History of Social Movements
  • History of Student Protest
  • Historiography
  • History education and curriculum
  • Student success and retention


  • British Student Activism in the Long Sixties. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • The Essential Historiography Reader. New York: Pearson Longman, 2011.
  • “A Web of Interconnections: Student Peace Movements in Britain and the United States, 1960-1975” in Peace Movements in Western Europe, Japan and the USA during the Cold War. Frieden und Krieg. Beiträge zur Historischen Friedensforschung, vol. 8. Essen: Klartext, 2007: 129-146.
  • “The Anti-Vietnam War Movement on American Campuses: 1960-1975,” Encyclopedia of American Social Movements. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2004: 1183-1195.
  • “Just at Sunrise: The Sunrise Communal Farm in Rural Mid-Michigan," Michigan Historical Review 23:1 (Spring 1997): 71-104.


  • “Great Expectations: Alfred E. Sloman’s New University and Student Protest at Essex University in the Long Sixties." Institute of Historical Research Workshop on the New Universities, York, England, September 2016.
  • “The AHA Tuning Project and Its Lessons for Student Retention: A Discussion.” Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference in Charlotte, NC, April 2015.
  • “Teaching History and Critical Thinking Skills in the High School History Classroom: Why and How.” One-day workshop presented jointly with student Gregory Iacovelli at the Caldwell County Public Schools Teaching American History Workshop, Hickory NC, July 2007.
  • “Gender Roles at Sunrise: A Study of Gender Roles at a Hippie Commune in Rural Mid-Michigan, 1971-1978,” paper presented at the 29th Annual Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference in Valdosta, GA, April 2006.


  • Wingate University Sabbatical (competitive), Spring 2010
  • Wingate University Summer Research Grants, Summer 2007 and 2009
  • Wingate University Spivey Instructorship, 2006-07
  • Wingate University Cannon College of Arts and Sciences Innovative Teaching Grants, 2005-06, 06-07, 07-08, 08-09, 010-011
  • Wingate University Debra O’Neal Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005
  • Social Studies 9-12 Teacher Certification, State of North Carolina, 2005
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Paper Prize Award, 1994

Courses I Teach

Courses I Teach
  • Women's History
  • Senior History Thesis
  • Gateway 101

Interesting Fact About Me

Interesting Fact About Me

I played basketball on a high school team, I love historical fiction and the Harry Potter books, and I have two house rabbits.

What I Love About Wingate

What I Love About Wingate

I love the beautiful, small campus, and the comfortable, welcoming buildings. It is truly a pleasure to come into work each day! It is a privilege to be able to work with such kind, friendly, caring, and bright colleagues and students each day, as we make the world a better place one person at a time.