Departmental Chair

John Maple, Ph.D.

Departmental Chair

Distinguished Professor of History

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • M.Phil., University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas

Dr. Maple's primary research interests are medieval Europe, British History, and the British Restoration Movement. Since joining the OC faculty in 1977, he has taught a variety of courses in European history and Western Civilization. He has published articles in both The Historian and in Restoration Quarterly and presented papers at the Haskins Society conference, the Phi Alpha Theta National convention and the Mid-American Medieval Association Conference.

Dr. Maple is a member of the North American Conference on British Studies, the Mid-American Medieval Association, and the American Historical Association.  He and his wife attend the Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he is a deacon and chairman of the Summer Missions Committee.

Professor of History

Matt McCook, Ph.D.

Professor of History

  • B.S., Abilene Christian University
  • M.A., Sam Houston State University
  • Ph.D., Florida State University

Dr. McCook is a scholar of America’s religious and intellectual history who has taught at OC since 2002.  He teaches a variety of pre-Civil War American history courses, historical methods courses, American Religious History, and the Modern Middle East.  His research interests include the Second Great Awakening, religious and social reform, Faiths of America’s Founders, and historiography.  He has published a chapter in Religion and the State and presents papers regularly at the Conference on Faith and History and the Conference on Religion and the State.  He has also presented papers at the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Studies Association.  Dr. McCook has twice been awarded OC’s Faith and Learning award and he enjoys working with future social studies teachers.

Dr. McCook enjoys writing parodies, playing guitar, golf, and basketball and traveling with his wife, Alyssa, and their three children: Collin, Katie, and Jackson.  Dr. McCook is a deacon and Bible class teacher at Memorial Road Church of Christ.

Professor of History

Gary Lindsey, Ph.D.

Professor of History

  • B.Arch., Texas Tech University
  • M.A., Abilene Christian University
  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Dr. Lindsey’s major areas of interest are public history, historic preservation, U.S. West, and the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. An architect as well as historian, Dr. Lindsey combines both fields to focus on the preservation and interpretation of historically and/or architecturally significant buildings. In addition to U.S history courses, he has conducted several classes on ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, as well as classes in historic preservation. Dr. Lindsey is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Western History Association, and the Oklahoma Historical Society, as well as other scholarly/professional organizations. He has presented papers and chaired sessions at several scholarly conferences. He and his wife, Sharon, attend the Edmond Church of Christ where he periodically teaches adult classes. 

Harold “Trey” Orndorff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

  • B.S., Northern Kentucky University
  • M.A., Miami University
  • Ph.D., Miami University

Dr. Harold "Trey" Orndorff is an award winning professor whose areas of interest are the presidency, media, with special focus on social media. He has written a book on the subject entitled The Social Media Presidency. He has also written numerous recent articles and book chapters on the effect of social media on political communication. Additionally Dr. Orndorff works on political science education including articles on the use of collaborative note-taking and high impact learning practices. His latest research focuses on President Trump's social media use. Dr. Orndorff is also an executive producer and cohost of The Politics Guys a nonprofit podcast dedicating to bipartisan political discourse.