Dr. Dale H. Porter graduated cum laude with a B.A. from WMU in 1963. He completed his M.A. at Stanford in 1964 and his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 1967 specializing in British history. He was appointed assistant professor of history at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia in 1967.
In 1970 he returned to WMU as an assistant professor of humanities in the College of General Studies where he taught until 1989. He also served as assistant to the dean and chair of the faculty while pursuing an extremely active career in research and publication.
In 1989 Dale joined the department of history as a full professor. He retired from the history department in 2000 but continued to serve as the dissertation director of two doctoral students.