Cumberland University is a private, liberal arts university located in Lebanon, Tennessee, approximately 30 miles east of Nashville. It was founded in 1842 and counts among its alumni Cordell Hull and Al Gore, Sr., as well as a number of other prominent politicians and intellectuals.
The history program has three full-time and two part-time faculty. Prof. C. Monty Pope teaches U.S. history and geography, with specialties in Jacksonian and southern history. He also works closely with students looking to enter elementary and secondary education. Prof. Rick Bell teaches U.S. and world history, with an emphasis on the Old West. He is also the faculty advisor for the Pi Gamma Mu honor society. Dr. Natalie Inman teaches U.S. and European history, with an emphasis on Native American and gender history. Dr. Lisa Swart teaches our dual-enrollment U.S. history course at Friendship Christian School. Dr. Mark R. Cheathem teaches U.S. history, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century U.S. political history. He also serves as program director.