Staff and Faculty
Troy, Alabama 36082
Phone: (334) 670-3514
1999 BA (American Studies) Idaho State University
2005 MA (history) Auburn University
Currently: PhD Candidate (history) Auburn University
Joe McCall is a doctoral candidate in American History at Auburn University. While at Auburn, he instituted a tutorial program for World History undergraduates and was awarded a fellowship with Auburn’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. He has a background in counseling and education—teaching history is a second career. He was a chemical dependency therapist in private practice, presented extensively on his work with adolescent and young adult clients, and has taught students ranging from kindergarten to upper-level undergraduates. He also served as the Director of Student Life at the Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio and is currently writing his dissertation on an environmental history of the Appalachian Trail while teaching full-time at Troy. McCall and his son hiked the trail in 1996, and then, ten years later in 2006, they met for another trek in Singapore, going by bus, boat and train around the world for more than four months along with his son’s fiancé. They journeyed through Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Russia, and Eastern Europe, ending in Italy and Ireland. Although his “people” are from lower-Alabama, McCall was raised in Connecticut, but returned to the South after living in the West and Midwest and plans to remain in Alabama, ideally at Troy.
McCall is a faculty advisor to the NAACP and is involved in efforts on campus to assist students who are negatively impacted by their own, or another’s, misuse of alcohol or drugs. He spends his weekends working on building a home in the woods in the northern part of the Florida panhandle with his sister who is an artist. School vacations he usually manages to spend at least a few weeks hiking and catching the view from a peak somewhere in the Appalachians. When he finishes his dissertation, McCall wants to return to his other research interests including the history of alcoholism and drug treatment, the role of moderate Southern whites in the Civil Rights era, and the influence of self-help movements on 20th Century America.
Classes Taught: Western Civilization I &II, World History I & II, US History I & II, and American Environmental History