Dr. Orsag currently holds the title of Professor of European and Interdisciplinary History at Doane University. He grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Rebecca Word-Orsag reside in Gretna, Nebraska with their Welsh Terrier, Dylan. Dr. Orsag is an avid technical rock climber (climbing outdoors mostly in South Dakota and Arkansas). He has also done numerous alpine/mountaineering ascents in Colorado and Wyoming.
Dr. Orsag received his BA from Carnegie-Mellon University, his MA from the Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in European History from Michigan State University. In addition to the two European survey courses, Dr. Orsag teaches upper-division courses on Roman, Russian, British, French, German, Interdisciplinary and Military history. He has also taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses online and participates in Doane's Ed.D. program both as a committee member and committee chair. Since coming to Doane University in 1998-1999, Dr. Orsag has been awarded the Doane University Student Congress Teaching Award three times (2002-2003, 2008-2009, and 2012-2013). He also been listed multiple times in Who's Who Amongst America's Teachers.
As an author, Dr Orsag has published eleven scholarly articles and one book. His latest published and ongoing research projects have involved interdisciplinary topics mixing history with the sciences. These efforts are all the result of collaboration with Doane University colleagues Dr. Amanda McKinney and/or Dr. Andrea Holmes. An example of such research (undertaken in this instance with Dr. McKinney and faculty at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania), is a series of four articles dealing with an ancient Roman pandemic-- the 3rd Century Plague of Cyprian. This series will be submitted for conference presentations and publication in 2021.