Faculty Profiles

Dr. Clyde P. Greer, Jr.

Chairperson, Department of History and Political Studies
Professor of History
B.A., James Madison University
M.S., Radford University
D.A., Carnegie-Mellon University
Joined TMU 1986

After earning his terminal degree, Dr. Greer taught for three years on U.S. military bases in Italy, Spain, and Germany for the University of Maryland. He has also taught history at state universities and community colleges in Virginia and California. At TMU, he regularly teaches California History, U.S. Diplomatic History, and upper division courses in 20th Century U.S. and European History. Dr. Greer and his wife, Bonnie (who teaches Italian part-time at TMU), live in the mountains of the Frazier Park area.

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Dr. John Stead

Professor of History & Political Studies
B.A., M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Joined TMU 1970

Dr. John Stead has served on The Master's University faculty since 1970. He also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1979 to 1995. His doctoral work focused on Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and American Politics. Dr. Stead has been heavily involved with issues concerning the college's accreditation and the expansion of the academic program over the last three decades. He continues to be involved with governmental and educational institutions in the country of Albania where he lectures annually. Also, Dr. Stead is an adjunct professor for the Center for Professional Studies at TMU.

Dr. Stead's primary areas of academic interest and research include contemporary church-state relationships and the impact of the church on current political and social public policy.

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Mr. James D. Owen

Associate Professor of History
B.A., Los Angeles Baptist College
M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
Joined TMU 1978

Mr. Owen joined the The Master's University faculty in 1978 teaching first European history and then American history as well as Christian Apologetics. In recent years he has focused on courses in church history. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Owen has also been involved in outreach ministries to alcoholics, drug addicts, and juvenile offenders, and between 1992 and 2000 pastored two churches. Mr. Owen has authored a critique of Christian psychological counseling entitled Christian Psychology's War on God's Word: The Victimization of the Believer (Timeless Text, 2003, 3rd Printing). His second book The Hidden History of the Historic Fundamentalists 1933-1948: Reconsidering the Historic Fundamentalists' Response to the Upheavals, Hardships and Horrors of the 1930s and 1940s was published by University Press of America in November of 2004. It deals with the fundamentalists response to the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the rising anti-Semitism in Europe and America.

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Dr. Gregg L. Frazer

Professor of History & Political Studies
B.A., Los Angeles Baptist College
M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University
Joined TMU 1988

Dr. Frazer has coordinated the Political Studies program since its inception. His particular areas of interest are the American Founding and pre-nineteenth-century political philosophy.  Dr. Frazer has represented the University in radio debates and in the blogosphere concerning the Christian's role in politics and history and has spoken on religion and the American founding at numerous conferences.  He has also been a guest speaker at a number of churches.

He is the author of The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2012) and a contributor to The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life, ed. by Dreisbach, Hall, and Morrison (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2009).

Dr. Frazer and his wife Leanne have three daughters and are members of Grace Community Church, where he is a deacon and teaches an adult Bible study.  His other interests include listening to jazz and classical music.

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Mr. Jeffrey A. Jensen

Associate Professor of History
A.S., York College of Pennsylvania
B.A., The Master's College
M.A., California State University, Long Beach
Joined TMU 1989

Before he joined The Master's University faculty in fall 2000, Professor Jensen served for eleven years in the college's MIS Department. His previous instructional experience includes teaching in both community college and adult degree-completion settings. Currently, his faculty assignment consists of teaching introductory World History courses and functioning as the school's Instructional Technology Coordinator. One of the aspects Professor Jensen enjoys most at TMU is the opportunity to meet students and watch them progress through their college years. He and his wife, Linda, are originally from Michigan and presently reside in Saugus. Their hobbies include professional sports, museums, and good cups of coffee.

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