Robert Christman has been a professor of History since 2005, focusing in the areas of German reformation, late Medieval and early modern Europe. His course topics include Europe to 1648, Christianity and Islam, and Rome: Republic and Empire.
During January Term, Professor Christman leads the special topic course Christianity and Islam. In this course, students investigate the many varieties of contact between Christians and Muslims, as well as the changing perceptions and attitudes each side had of the other during the period from the rise of Islam c.640 to the Battle of Vienna in 1683.
Mike Garcia is the Writing Director at Luther College. He supervises tutors in the Norse Writing Center, leads Paideia staff workshops on the teaching of writing, and consults with faculty across campus as they develop writing assignments. He has several years of experience administering first-year composition and Writing Across the Curriculum programs at state universities, but Luther presents a very different (and exciting) opportunity.
Mike's scholarly interests are rooted in teaching. He's primarily an expert in the grading and assessment of writing. His dissertation focused on student self-assessment, and he continues to explore that topic through classroom-based research. He's interested in how students negotiate their personal identities and goals within (and sometimes despite) the expectations placed on them by their educational environments. He's also done work in Literacy Studies, Writing in Digital Environments, Contemporary Rhetoric, Linguistics, Professional and Technical Writing, Writing for Nonprofit Agencies, Second Language Writing, and Writing Program Administration.