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Tracy Hoskins




Assistant Professor of History

Office Location: Reade 229
Phone: (765) 998-4617

Specialties: The Reformation, Medieval Europe, The Renaissance, Church History, Modern World History, Ancient Greece and Rome, Historical contexts of Bible, Food in History, Scholarship of teaching and learning, German, Latin, French, Spanish


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Tracy L. Hoskins

(765) 998-4617 (Office) 
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Candidate, Early Modern European History (Reformation Germany), 1995 to present. Dissertation Title: “The ‘Christian Fellowships’ of Strasbourg and the Reformation of Pastoral Care and Parish Ministry, 1547-1550.” In progress. The Ohio State University.

M.A., History, 1994. (Late Medieval Europe) The Ohio State University.
Thesis: “Confessionale: Defecerunt. Soul-Searching for the Perfect Family.”

M.Div., 1991. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL.

B.S., International Studies, 1980. University of South Alabama. Magna cum laude.

Certificate, Summer 1979, The Institute for Comparative Political and Economic Systems, Georgetown University.



2009-present: Assistant Professor, Taylor University, Upland, IN. World History I and II; Ancient History; Medieval Europe; The Crusades; Reformation and Enlightenment; The European Reformations; European Religious History; The Contemporary World; Food in History. Advising. Tenure-track appointment.

2006-present: Instructor, Taylor University, Upland, IN. World History survey; Ancient History; Medieval Europe; Reformation and Enlightenment; European Religious History; The Contemporary World. Advising. Tenure-track appointment.

2005-2006: Visiting Instructor, Taylor University, Upland, IN. World History; Ancient History; Reformation and Enlightenment; European Religious History; The Contemporary World. Full-time, full-year appointment.

Spring Semester 2005: Visiting Instructor, Taylor University. World History; Medieval Europe. Full-time, one semester appointment.

Spring Semester 2004: Visiting Instructor, Taylor University. World History; Ancient History. Full-time, one semester appointment.

1999-2000: Advanced Placement European History, New Albany High School, New Albany, Ohio. Recruited by the district superintendent, upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of History at OSU, to improve the Advanced Placement program at the school. Only four students (13 percent) passed the AP exam the year before I came; seventeen of my students passed (59 percent). While a 59 percent passing rate may not appear stellar, I had 30 percent of the sophomore population attempting a college-level course. Demographically, culturally, and personally, we had a very successful year.

September 1995-June 1998: Instructor/Small Section Leader, Western Civilization, The Ohio State University. Complete responsibility for teaching classes of up to fifty studentseach.

Spring 1998: The Ohio State University. Delivered three two-hour lectures in an upper-level Reformation History class, when the professor was absent due to illness.

Fall 1995: The Ohio State University. Took over a large section of Western Civilization (130 students) when the professor became ill and could not return to class.

September 1992-August 1995: The Ohio State University. Discussion Section Leader for both courses of the Western Civilization survey, and the first course in the American History survey.
Graded for an upper-level Renaissance Italy class. 

Editing and Administration

January 1999 to July 2002: The Ohio State University. The Harvey Goldberg Program for Teaching Excellence/Ohio Teaching Institute.

Managing Editor for Exploring the European Past: Texts and Images, a new custom reader being developed in the Department of History for European history survey courses. ETEP consists of individual modules, whose primary, secondary, and visual sources are focused around significant issues in Western Civilization. The pedagogical goals of ETEP are to teach students to read closely and critically, to synthesize information from a variety of sources, and to understand the work of the historian. Selection of a central question for the module helps students and non-specialist instructors make sense of the primary and visual sources, and the addition of the secondary interpretations introduces students to the historian’s craft. Animated maps and other images teach students to become visually literate. The textual sources are delivered in a printed book, purchased at a university bookstore, and the visual sources are delivered on-line. The Ohio State University’s publishing partner for ETEP is Thomson Learning Custom Publishing, and ETEP is marketed nationally. My duties included:

  • Development Editing: Reviewed new modules for pedagogical issues, consistent development among modules, and suitability for the undergraduate survey class. Prepared a detailed module report for the faculty editor, which served as the basis of his letter to the author requesting specific revisions.
  • Assisted authors in the development of ETEP’s innovative media component: suggested and storyboarded map animations; selected or assisted in selecting images; organized the visual component. Prepared site maps and storyboards for the media designer, and determined whetheranimations were pedagogically necessary. 
  • Selected new module topics and recruited new authors. 
  • Designed the page layout for texts, and assisted in web design. 
  • Managed the project, including all stages of module development (proofing, copy editing, media review), and trained and supervised two Graduate Associates. Worked closely with the publisher’s Project Manager. 
  • Reviewed the publisher’s sales publications and provided the marketing department with product description and purpose. 
  • Participated in contract negotiations and acted as the liaison between the Department Chair, University legal counsel, and the Publisher. 
  • Managed the project from its conceptualization to the final year of the first contract. During my tenure, 60 modules of the 75 slated for the first edition were either published or under development, and 80 percent of the module authors were recruited.

June 1998-December 1998: in preparation for becoming Managing Editor for Exploring the European Past: Texts and Images, I was assistant editor for Retrieving the American Past, the first custom reader developed in the Department of History at The Ohio State University.

In July 1998 I attended a two-week workshop on developing multimedia projects, which offered an intensive introduction to issues in planning multimedia project architecture, HTML, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Director. The faculty editor and I were responsible for conceptualizing the media component of ETEP, communicating our ideas and goals to the publisher, and approving the final design. 


2007-2010: Taylor University, Teacher Education Committee.

2007-present: Taylor University, AQIP liaison, Department of History

Fulbright Fellowship, Germany, 1996-97. Dissertation research.

P.E.O. National Scholarship, 2000-01.

Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School and College of the Humanities, The Ohio State University, 1996.

Center for Reformation Research, St. Louis, Missouri: Paleography Seminar, Summer, 1994.

Ohio State University: Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Department of History, 1994-95.

Ohio State University: Graduate Studies Committee, Department of History, 1994-96.

University of Illinois-Chicago: Prize for “Best Second-Year German Student”.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: Who’s Who Among University Students; English as Second Language volunteer.

Georgetown University, “Goldwater Scholar” for summer program in Comparative Political and Economic Systems, 1979.

University of South Alabama: Who’s Who Among University Students; Mortar Board; Phi Kappa Pi; Alpha Chi; Outstanding International Studies Graduate; “Best Second-Year French Student”, Resident Advisor. 


Ph.D. Dissertation: In progress. “The ‘Christian Fellowships’ of Strasbourg and the Reformation of Pastoral Care and Parish Ministry, 1547-1550.” The Christian fellowships provide insight into several important historiographical issues, including the reception of Reformation theology among the laity; difficulties in creating an “established” church; the success or failure of the Reformation; the sacramentalization of the catechism, the inadequacy of limiting catechization to the traditional preaching cycle, and the “conversion” and/or discipline of adults through adult catechization; new approaches to penance and church discipline; exercise and limitation of the concept of “the priesthood of all baptized believers,” and the introduction of lay elders; ways in which the fellowships demonstrate continuity or discontinuity with aspects of medieval expressions of piety; and the concept of “voluntary” Christian associations within a society that enforced integration into the city’s church.

While I have limited the dissertation to small groups or fellowships in Reformation Strasbourg, my research extends through the seventeenth century and examines small groups in Lutheran and Reformed cities in Germany.

Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, 1998. Presented “The Christliche Gemeinschaften of Strasbourg, 1547-1549.”

“Tage der Begegnung USA/Sachsen-Anhalt,” April 22, 1997. I presented an overview of my dissertation research at the Frankesche Stiftung, a research center for Pietism in Halle, Germany.


With James Kittelson, “The Reformation: Martin Luther,” in Exploring the European Past: Texts and Images, Thomson Learning Custom Publishing, 2004.

Languages: German, French, Latin, Spanish, Dutch.

Professional Development:
May 2008, May 2010: I attended the Teaching Professors’ Conference.
March 2010: I represented the History Department at the Information Literacy Conference, San Antonio, TX.