4/23/2014 2:30:37 PM::This is a drill: A tornado WARNING including Viterbo’s campus is in effect until 2:45PM SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY in designated areas until ALL CLEAR is issued

This is a TEST DRILL. A Tornado WATCH is in effect for the area including Viterbo. A WATCH indicates tornado conditions exist in the area and weather should be closely monitored. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. A TORNADO WARNING requiring your evacuation to designated areas will be issued at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Michael Smuksta


  • History |
  • Broad Field Social Studies |
MRC 539

  • Ph.D. in History, Northern Illinois University, 1991
  • M.A. in History, Northern Illinois University, 1974
  • B.A. in History, Northern Illinois University, 1972

Courses Taught: 

  • United States History to 1865
  • The United States since 1865
  • World of Ideas (with PSYC 247)
  • American History through Film (with ARTS 254)
  • The Vietnam War
  • Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • U.S. – Mexico Borderlands
  • The American West
  • American Environmental History
  • History Seminar I
  • History Seminar II
  • Economic Cooperative
  • Serving the Common Good: Plains Indian History

Professional / Research Interests 

  • Nineteenth-Century Midwestern Rural Social History
  • Antebellum America
  • General Education and the Liberal Arts
  • Myth and the American West

Professional Activities and Affiliations: 

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western History Association
  • Sierra Club
  • Co-Director, Title VI Grant, 2006-2008
  • Faculty adviser, spring break service trip to the Cheyenne River Youth Project, Cheyenne River Reservation, Eagle Butte, SD, 2008 and 2010.
  • Faculty Coordinator for the Student Transition and Registration (STAR) Program for First Year Students, 2005-present