Faculty & Staff Details

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Cory Reinking

Larimer Campus
Office Location
Social & Behavioral Sciences

While earning a Master’s Degree in British history from the University of California, Riverside, Cory taught at a local community college on a whim. After a year, he fell in love with the community college environment. Community colleges, “provide a unique experience to explore deep questions about the past in a small, personal classroom.” As a result, he has been teaching at community colleges since, and has been with Front Range Community College since 2008.
Teaching Philosophy
Most Americans view the past as something boring, irrelevant, and unchanging. While it may have been taught so in past decades, history is a much different subject today. Studying the past now, involves asking deep, profound questions that can inform the present. In my courses, we will use the past to discover questions like: “Why was the 20th Century the deadliest in human history?” “Has science and technology actually improved the lives of past humans?” “Why did people in the past prefer monarchies and authoritarian governments?” Each question that I pose is open-ended and requires deep discussion and critical thinking. These questions can also be applied to the present, and help students to question and be skeptical of their own lives. History is about using the past to help us understand how alien our current civilization is, and to step out of our own cultural bias.
Teaching Experience
2010 - Present History Faculty, Front Range Community College
2014 - 2019 Chair, Online - Social and Behavioral Sciences
2010 - 2014 History Faculty, Front Range Community College
2008 - 2010 History Instructor, Front Range Community College
2007 - 2008 History Instructor, Riverside (CA) Community College

Colorado State University, B.A., 2006
University of California-Riverside, M.A., 2008

Courses Taught
  • Western Civilization I: Antiquity - 1650
  • Western Civilization II: 1650 - Present
  • The Middle Ages
  • The World II: 1500 - Present