Faculty & Staff SpotlightThomas Saylor

Dr. Thomas Saylor

Professor of History

Dr. Thomas Saylor is a faculty member in the Department of History. Saylor has a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Akron, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. Dr. Saylor is the author or co-author of three books with the newest an exploration of Minnesota in the 1970s (publication date 2013); has created and directed six different oral history projects; and has worked with the state historical society on several initiatives. He has focused on the 1940s, but recently has presented and published on the post-1945 period as well.

At Concordia Dr. Saylor teaches a range of courses, generally European and World History. He especially enjoys working with students in the departmental senior research and writing course, as it provides the opportunity to work hands on and individually with students. Additionally, Dr. Saylor works with Habitat for Humanity, organizing and leading build trips to Central America including, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.


  • Ph. D., European History, University of Rochester (1993)
  • M.A., Latin American History, University of Akron (1985)
  • B.S., Business Mangement, University of Akron (1982)


Research and publish primarily in the field of 20th century US history, especially oral history. Also Minnesota history themes.