I am qualified to teach History and Art History courses on Europe, with specialization in pre-1600 content. Below are my teaching philosophy, excerpts from student evaluations, my syllabi for HIST 1011: Europe to 1600 (taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder in fall 2019 and spring 2020), and syllabi for courses I hope to teach in the future.
My teaching focuses on cultivating empathy, critical thinking skills, and an interest in historical inquiry. The study of history is not just memorizing names and dates, but contextualizing sources, events, and people, identifying potential bias and various perspectives, and connecting the human experiences. Through this methodology, I am dedicated to making pre-modern European history accessible for students from any background and demystifying the process of historical research.
In my pedagogy and research, I am committed to de-centering the traditional canon of European history in order to do justice to the past and challenge current racist, homophobic, and sexist views of the Middle Ages. I purposefully assign texts that speak to non-Christian, non-heteronormative, and non-white experiences in European history. Additionally, throughout my lectures I make time to explain how history is often abused for modern enterprises. Indeed, within the last several years, white supremacists across the globe have co-opted and twisted various aspects of medieval European history to serve their own agendas. At the core of this “history-based” white supremacist argument is the idea that Europe should return to its “medieval” origins as an all-white, all-heterosexual, and all-Christian entity. However, Europe has never been a homogenous place, and it is imperative to teach this in our current moment as white supremacists across North America and Europe attempt to misappropriate ancient and medieval history to justify modern violence.
My assignments and assessments are student-focused and intended to help them practice skills necessary for their future career in any field. For example, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively are imperative to any job and professional relationship, and the use of proper citations ensures legal integrity and attention to detail. In order to achieve proficiency in this area, students engage in a semester-long process that culminates in a final research paper. I provide detailed feedback on each step of the process so that students can revise and learn along the way. I also assign short writing responses throughout the semester so that students can draw connections between the readings and class discussions and practice articulating their conclusions in a structured paper.
Selections from Student Evaluations
“The class is really well organized and the level of work assignments require seems to be appropriate to its proportion of our grade. The lectures always have a clear objective and are easy to follow and quite interesting.” (Spring 2020)
“Ms. Luginbill always prioritized true learning, rather than cramming information for a test and then moving on. This is one of the best history classes I’ve taken and I genuinely enjoyed every minute I spent in the classroom, and the freedom we were given to explore topics we were interested in on a deeper level through projects and research.” (Spring 2020)
“When I enrolled in this class I was expecting it to be boring and just another class in my schedule, but I was wrong. I enjoyed this class very much. The instructor does a very good job about making the topics fun and intriguing which in my opinion is very hard to accomplish.” (Fall 2019)
“I like how her office hours were always flexible and how she answered any questions I had about homework or papers. She really helped me improve my writing and I learned a lot from this class.” (Fall 2019)
“Great professor always helped out and was available most of the time. Loved the way the professor taught as she had a deep knowledge of her subject and did not simply read off slides. Had also great assignments and readings I very much enjoyed the class and I wouldn’t of if it wasn’t for Ms. Luginbill.” (Fall 2019)
Saints and Relics in the Middle Ages (coming soon)
The Medieval World (coming soon)