J. Ronald Spencer
Lecturer in History and Associate Academic Dean, Emeritus
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Trinity College faculty member since 1968
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M.A., Columbia Univ.
B.A., Trinity College

J. Ronald Spencer, Associate Academic Dean & Lecturer in History, Emeritus, taught courses in U. S. history (and occasionally American Studies) from 1968 to 2010. His primary interest is the antebellum and Civil War periods. Most of his courses combined lectures and class discussion. He also held a succession of administrative positions between 1971 and 2008: Dean of Students, Dean of Studies, Special Adviser to the President, and for 28 years Associate Academic Dean. Since retiring, he has published a book on the wartime diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s secretary of the navy, and taught from time to time in Trinity’s Academy for Life-Long Learning and the University of Connecticut’s Adult Learning Program.