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Wayne Riggs

Wayne M. Riggs

Dean of Tallahassee Campus and Continuing Education


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

  • Kahler Fund Award, 2014
  • Schultz Foundation Award, 2008
  • Casper Teaching Fellowship. Marquette University, 2006-2007
  • Presented, “A Wholesome Discipline: British Youth in the Established Churches during the Great War,” International Conference for the Society of the History of Children and Youth. June 2013. Nottingham, UK
  • Presented “Permission to Speak: British women in the national churches during the First World War,” Modern British History Conference. June 2010. St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Researcher, Children in Urban America Project,
  • Member, Society for the History of Children & Youth 
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, North American Conference on British Studies

Professional Profile

Dr. Wayne Riggs is Dean of Flagler College-Tallahassee, a degree-completion campus in the heart of the state capitol. His passion for higher education stems from his background as a first-generation college graduate.

At Flagler-Tallahassee, Dean Riggs prioritizes pre-professional academic programs that meet the needs of the community’s workforce.  He is dedicated to strengthening the unique partnership between Flagler College and Tallahassee Community College, which provides all students a cost-effective opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree. Dean Riggs led the Campus during the unprecedented response to the Covid-19 pandemic and pivoted the campus’ infrastructure, faculty, and staff to support virtual classroom instruction and student-teacher interaction.

Prior to becoming Dean of the Tallahassee Campus, Dr. Riggs served in a number of administrative and faculty leadership positions at the College. He was appointed the inaugural Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.  His emphasis on “leadership by consensus” established an atmosphere of cooperation and trust during a period of transition.  In that role, he fostered interdisciplinary collaboration, oversaw the reform of several programs, ensured the creation of a major in Anthropology, and promoted experiential learning as an essential aspect of all academic programs. Dr. Riggs also served as Chair of the multi-disciplinary Humanities Department and led efforts to design the College’s new Core Curriculum – grounding it in distinctive skills and the college’s Core Values.

As a professor of history, Dr. Riggs focuses on World War I and Children’s History. His forthcoming article in the Journal for the History of Childhood and Youth, “Church Brigades and Battlefields” examines the profound impact of the brigade movement on the militarization of British youth prior to World War I.  In the classroom, he emphasizes experiential learning through study abroad.  In addition to leading short-term programs, he has developed partnerships with the University of the Highlands and the University of Wurzburg – creating opportunities for faculty and student exchanges.  

Throughout his career, Dr. Riggs’ commitment to higher education and service to students have been foundational to his development as a faculty member and administrator. His role as Campus Dean allows him to continue serving students in their journey of transformative learning.


  • Ph.D. - Marquette University 
  • MA - Marquette University 
  • BA - Grove City College

Professional Organizations:

  • Society for the History Children and Youth
  • North American Conference on British Studies American Historical Association
  • American Historical Association

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught:

  •   Western Civilization II
  •    Modern Britain
  •    Tudor/Stuart England
  •    Modern Ireland
  •    Modern Germany
  •    20th Century Europe
  •    19th Century Europe
  •    Early Modern Europe
  •    British Empire
  •    World War I
  •    Religion and Nationalism in Modern Europe
  •    Redcoats and Rebels
  •    Churchill and Hitler
  •    Historical Methods
  •    History Senior Seminar
  •    Keystone Seminar

Previously taught at:

  • Marquette University
  • Cardinal Stritch University

More Information

Dr. Riggs is an avid fan English football (Arsenal), American football (Steelers), college basketball (Marquette), and lacrosse.

Office Hours:

  • Monday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Tuesday: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Friday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM