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Dr. Barnett Cochran

Vice President for Academic Affairs

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AdministrationProfessor of History
740-392-6868 Ext. 4200Email Dr. Cochran

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  • MVNU to deepen vocational exploration with NetVUE grant

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (Feb. 3, 2022) – Mount Vernon Nazarene University has received a nearly $48,000 Program Development Grant award from NetVUE to fund the expansion of vocational exploration in the student experience at MVNU. The grant will be used May 1 through April 30, 2024.

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Professional Experience:
  • Vice-President for Academic Affairs, 2013
  • Associate Professor, History, Assistant Professor, 1999-2002.
  • Concord College, Athens, WV, Assistant Professor of History 1998-99
  • Whitefield Academy, Founding Faculty, 1997-98
  • Georgia State University, Adjunct Instructor, 1996-97
  • Emory University, Teaching Associate, 1991-94
Professional Organizations:
  • History of Science Society
  • Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Awards and Recognition:
  • T.A.T.T.O. Award - Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, Emory University
  • Benjamin Prize - Emory University Departmental Award for Outstanding Seminar Paper, 1987 "Robert Boyle and the Mechanical Philosophy."
  • Department of History Fellowship, Emory University, 1988-91
  • English-Speaking Union, Research Grant, 1993
Published Works:
  • "Enlightenment and its Discontents: Robert Wallace and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on the Republic of Virtue." in France and Scotland in the Enlightenment, Forthcoming, 2000, published for the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society.
  • "Robert Wallace." Article for the New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press. Forthcoming, Under Contract.
  • "Virtue and Interest: George Turnbull, sympathetic capitalism and British National Identity in the Scottish Enlightenment." The Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Notre Dame, Indiana, April, 1998.
  • "Liberty and Refinement: Images of London and the Problem of Scottish National Identity." Annual Meeting of the Mid-West Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, Chicago, Illinois, October, 1997.
  • "Cultural Constructions of Sexuality in the Scottish Enlightenment: Robert Wallace and 'Of Venery.'" Annual Meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, university of California, Berkeley, February, 1997.
  • "Reform and Utopia: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Robert Wallace and the Classical Republican Tradition." Annual Meeting of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, in conjunction with the Groupement De Recherche Etudes Ecossaises, in Gernoble, France, July, 1996.
  • Ph.D. in History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (1997)
  • M.A. in History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (1993)
  • B.S. in History Secondary Education, Asbury College, Wilmore Kentucky (1984)


"(MVNU professors) feel a great weight of responsibility to get it right for the students who enter our community each year."

John Ballenger - Director of the Writing Lab, Assistant Professor of English