Drees Selected to Teach at Harlaxton College in Summer 2019


VWU Professor of History Clay Drees has been chosen from among professors nationwide to teach a course on "Tudor England" as part of a six-week summer 2019 institute at Harlaxton College in Lincolnshire, England. Virginia Wesleyan students will be encouraged to accompany Drees to Harlaxton as part of VWU's Study Away Program.

Drees, a two-time recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray distinguished teaching award (1998 and 2015), teaches courses in medieval and early modern European, African and Islamic history at Virginia Wesleyan. Drees served as VWU’s  director of the general studies program (1999-2005) and as chair of the social science division (2005-11). His published books include Authority and Dissent in the English Church (Edwin Mellen, 1997), The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal (Greenwood, 2001) and Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age (McFarland, 2014). In January 2018, Drees began a two-year term as national president of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society in history. He earned his doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School in California in 1991, after teaching high school for seven years, two years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa.


In 2016, Virginia Wesleyan became a part of the Harlaxton College (England) partnership. Best College Reviews has ranked the University of Evansville's British campus - Harlaxton College - the best study-abroad program for American students, noting they offer a program of study that “directly addresses the challenges of living in an international community and the necessity of adopting a global view.”