Boston Semester™ Faculty

Meet professors of the Boston Semester™ program

Dr. Ben M. Cater
Dr. Ben M. Cater
Assistant Professor  - History
Director of Boston Semester

Ben M. Cater joined the Eastern Nazarene College History Department in January 2013 after completing a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in History. He teaches upper-division courses on all phases of North American history, as well as on Latin America. He also directs the Boston Semester™ program. Having published several articles in Fides et Historia and the Utah Historical Quarterly, he is currently at work on an article on sanitation and communicable disease in the American West, and a book-length project based on his dissertation, “Health, Medicine, and Power in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, 1869-1945.” He lives in Quincy with his wife and kids.

Ph.D. in History from University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
M.A. in History from University of Montana (Missoula, MT); Major field: U.S., Minor field: European
B.A. in History from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA) (summa cum laude)


Dr. Donald A Yerxa
Dr. Donald A Yerxa
Professor Emeritus  - History
Old Colony Campus  - 105

Professor Yerxa, who was graduated from ENC in 1972 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maine, has taught at ENC since 1977. In May 2009, the College awarded him emeritus status. He currently serves as the director of the Honors Scholar society and chair of the History Department and teaches on a limited basis. He is the author of two books on Anglo-American naval history and scores of articles, essays, and interviews on historical and interdisciplinary topics. He is the coauthor of Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) with Karl Giberson. Professor Yerxa has edited seven volumes in the University of South Carolina Press series, Historians in Conversation, and is also editor of British Abolitionism and the Question of Moral Progress in History by the same press. From 2001 through 2010, Professor Yerxa served as assistant director and then co-director of The Historical Society, a professional historical organization of 1000 members based at Boston University. He is a senior editor of the Society’s flagship journal Historically Speaking, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. He is also director of the Society’s Religion & Innovation in Human Affairs Grants Program, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. He is also editor of Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History, and a contributing editor for Books & Culture. Professor Yerxa was a recipient of the ENC Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 and 2009; the ENC Professional Achievement Award in 1999, 2002, and 2006; and the Alumni Achievement Award in 2004. He lives with his wife in Weymouth, MA.

Ph.D. and M.A., University of Maine 
B.A. History, Eastern Nazarene College

5813 Campus

Dr. Karen Henck
Dr. Karen Henck
Associate Professor  - Language, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Professor Henck has been teaching at ENC since 1996. Among the courses she has taught at ENC are Journalism I and II, Great Novels, and African-American Literature. From 1997 to 2000 she was advisor to the Campus Camera, ENC's student newspaper. Previously she has taught English as a Second Language in Japan, and taught freshman composition at Baylor University and at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She is currently revising her dissertation for publication. Professor Henck has worked in the field of journalism, as a reporter, feature writer, and columnist. Among the newspapers she has written for are the Brockton Enterprise, Taunton Daily Gazette, and the Mariner Newspapers. She has also worked at the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation, as a documentation specialist. She lives in Quincy with her husband and two daughters.

Ph.D. in English, University of Connecticut
M.A. in English, Baylor University
B.A. in English, Eastern Nazarene College

3833 Campus

Kathleen McCann
Kathleen McCann
Assistant Professor  - Language, Theatre, and Communication Arts

MFA, Washington University

3835 Campus

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