History and Political Science Faculty


Dr. Jerry Summers

Dean of the School of Humanities
Professor of History


Ph.D., The University of North Texas

M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.A., Baylor University

A native Californian, Dr. Summers has taught at East Texas Baptist University since 1991.  Presently he is Dean of the School of Humanities.  Summers has published  in Fides et Historia, The Christian Scholar’s Review, Teaching History, and Texas Baptist Historical Journal.  His research and writing relate to his teaching and to the history of medieval and early modern Europe, China, the Baptists, and twentieth-century European Jewish thought.

Named the Sam B. Hall, Jr., Professor of History in 1993, Summers wrote the biography Sam B. Hall, Jr.:  Whatever is Right (2005). Hall (1924-1994), a Marshall, Texas, native, College of Marshall graduate and an attorney, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1976-1985), and a federal district court judge from 1985 until his death in 1994. 

Dr. Sandy Hoover

Chair of the History & Political Science Department
Professor of History



Ph.D. History, Texas Tech University

M.A. History, Oklahoma State University

B.A. History, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

American West / Native American, Latin America

I try to build my classes so that anyone who is intentional about his or her learning can succeed. I believe that students must be voluntary and active participants in the learning process for true intellectual growth to occur. It is important to remember that student learning and intellectual growth do not always equate to A’s, although often they do, particularly over time. I am so proud of the students who may feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the semester, but persevere and seek out help, from ACE, from librarians, from other students, or from me, and meet the challenges of University-level work head on. I am even more blessed when I see those students, over four years, develop into questioning, thinking, curious life-long learners.

Dr. Israel Nandamudi

Professor of Political Science


Ph.D., Washington State University

M.A., Andhra University

B.A., Andhra University, India

Dr. Nandamudi has lectured and written on the international relations of the United States, Israel, and other countries, and he is a specialist in international conflict resolution.  His students have the opportunity each semester to participate in role-play in order to understand international conflict resolution and governance; advanced classes participate in moot court in the local courtrooms of the federal, state, and county courts.  His students also have won team awards in the Chicago American Model United Nations conferences in recent years.


Dr. Jenny Hoover

Assistant Professor of History and Geography


Ph.D. Texas Tech University

M.A.  Texas Tech University

B.A.  University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. Jenny Hoover specializes in history and geography, offering classes in World Civilizations, 20th century Europe and United States, and World Geography.






Dr. Jeff Dillman

Adjunct Instructor of History

Katie Sanders

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Dr. Charles Taylor

Adjunct Instructor of History and Political Science