Published on September 1, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
Jason Wallace
Jason Wallace

Jason Wallace, Richard Stockham Jr. Chair in Western Intellectual History and director of the Core Texts Program in Howard College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS,) received the John L. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching in Samford University’s opening convocation Aug. 25. The recipient of the award is selected by a faculty committee through a process using nominations provided by graduating seniors from the class of 2020.

Samford provost Mike Hardin presented the award and read a portion of a nominating testimonial:

“Dr. Wallace understands the importance of studying history while keeping in mind the place from which it came. He uses metaphors and humor to constantly present history that sometimes seems far removed in the past, and connects it to the present day. Dr. Wallace’s teaching helped me see the value of discussing ideas, to consider how ideas themselves shaped the world, and to think about how my faith as a Christian is strengthened by intellectual discovery.”

From 2006 to 2012, Wallace directed Samford's J. Roderick Davis Lecture Series, which brings to campus prominent public intellectuals. He currently leads the new Stockham Scholars program.

Wallace's research has addressed the relationship between religion and politics in the 18th and 19th centuries. He is the author of Catholics, Slaveholders, and the Dilemma of American Evangelicalism, 1835-1860 (Notre Dame, 2010). He has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, presented papers at the Alabama Association of Historians and the Alabama Historical Association, and has served as academic programs director for the Alabama Association of Historians. He also served as founding coordinator of the Great Ideas Summer Institute for high school students held on the Samford campus each summer.

Wallace was named Howard College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher in 2011, and was named the University Fellows Faculty Member of the Year in 2007.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.