About the Provost

Dr. James Cousins serves as Kentucky Wesleyan College’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and is responsible for establishing strategic priorities and leading progress towards shared objectives.  Dr. Cousins oversees all aspects of the academic enterprise, from accreditation and faculty management to budgets and marketing.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Cousins served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University where he oversaw curriculum development, retention initiatives, program assessment, and undergraduate student services. As a professor of history, Dr. Cousins taught courses in American history, historical research, and secondary education methods. 

His scholarship is divided between the history of education and the practice of teaching history.  In addition to numerous articles, essays, reviews, and translations, Cousins has published two books. His first monograph, Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education in the Early American Republic (Kentucky, 2016) explores the political and cultural currents that shaped a distinctly American view of intellect and erudition in the 19th century. His second book, a co-authored work titled Collaboration and the Future of Education: Preserving the Right to Think and Teach Historically (Routledge, 2016) addresses the craft of teaching for pre-service and practicing history teachers and provides models for building inter-institutional educational collaborations. His upcoming third book profiles America’s first generation of college and university presidents. 

Dr. Cousins was a 2012 scholar in residence at Transylvania University and a 2019-2020 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.  He received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, and both his MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky.