Christian Higher Education Since 1892
Richard Huston

Richard Huston

History and Political Science Department Chair and Professor of History

Year Started at GC: 1994
Phone: (618) 664-6824
Office Hours:

MWF 10:30, 2:30; Th 9:30-12:30

Areas of Responsibility:

Latin American
History Education


BA Greenville College

MDiv Asbury Seminary


Publications and Presentations

"Active Teaching to Promote Active Learning" for the Annual Education Conference of the University of Nicaragua, Managua

Professional Affiliations

Latin American Studies Association
American Society of Missiology
Midwest Association of Latin American Studies
National Council for the Social Studies

Related Experiences

History Instructor, Aldersgate College, Saskatchewan, Canada
Asuncion Christian Academy, Paraguay, South America
Migrant Education Program, Princeville, IL
Fulbright Research/Lectureship Grant, Nicaragua, 2008

About Richard Huston

Richard Huston grew up in Paraguay, South America, with missionary parents. One of his primary interests is fostering the kind of transformational change that comes through cross-cultural experiences, whether short-term mission trips to Guatemala, or an Interterm class in Israel.

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I'm a graduate of Greenville College, but didn't fully appreciate my experience until arriving at a large state school for my graduate degree. There, I saw that as long as students were getting passing grades, and staying out of trouble with the law, they could do anything ... ANYTHING they wanted. I also saw that the professors invested themselves in their graduate students, and let the graduate students supervise the undergrads. I resonated with a friend of mine who compared Christian Liberal Arts colleges to a family, and large state universities to orphanages. When I was a student at Greenville, several of my professors invested themselves personally in me, both inside and outside the classroom. A professor I never even had for class, opened his home to me for the summer. I can never repay them, but I can pay it forward.

I love becoming personally involved in the lives of my students. They never cease to amaze me with their creativity, abilities and interests. History Education grads have taught in Paraguay, Thailand, and Guam, but also St. Louis, Chicago and Normal.


What attracted you to the Education Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I came to Greenville focused on being an Education major. I had grown up in South America with missionary parents, and wanted to return there after graduating. The best way to do that was to return to teach at the same school for missionary kids that I had attended most of my life. So I majored in History Education at Greenville, and returned to teach there for two years. Eventually, I returned to the States for graduate school and decided to teach at the College level.

Teaching at a small college allows me to be a jack-of-all-trades. I have realized the advantages of teaching broadly, in other areas of history, as well as in other disciplines. I've been able to develop my other areas of interest by teaching courses in geography, anthropology and missiology. In fact, I've been able to use opportunities through a Fulbright scholarship to teach methods classes at universities in Paraguay and in Nicaragua. My interest in Latin America and in travel have led me to organize mission trips and study-abroad opportunities for Greenville students and faculty in Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Israel.

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