Dr. Lindsey Passenger Wieck created Pedagogy Playground in 2019 in an effort to help curate resources to improve student engagement in higher ed classrooms. Wieck is a 20th- and 21st-century U.S. historian specializing in urban spaces, race, the West, and digital and public history. Wieck teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in public history and supervises graduate and undergraduate public history internships and capstone projects. Her pedagogy is built on a commitment to active learning, writing for public audiences, and building digital skills. This site aims to share some of Wieck’s teaching experiences alongside a wealth of resources to assist educators with developing high impact teaching practices.
Wieck is an Assistant Professor of History and the Director of Graduate Public History at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Wieck got her Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 before serving there as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016-2017. She received M.A.’s in History from the University of Notre Dame and Northern Arizona University. She completed a B.A. in History with a secondary teaching certification at Grand Valley State University.
She is working on a manuscript entitled, The Mission Impossible: The Cultural Politics of Community and Gentrification in Postwar San Francisco. This project explores Latino community formation in the Mission District of San Francisco and examines how this creates a space for gentrification. She’s also co-authoring a book with Dr. Jason Heppler (University of Nebraska at Omaha) that pieces together a regional history of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. This project is tentatively titled California Rising: Space, Place, and Community in Northern California. Both books are under contract with the University of Nebraska Press. The California Rising project will also include a born-digital K-12 teaching companion, created from collaborations between the collection’s authors and K-12 teachers with the generous support from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources, Western Region.
Some of Wieck’s writing on pedagogy can be found here:
- Lindsey Wieck, “Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools,” Medium, November 11, 2018.
- Lindsey Wieck, “Practicing Professionalism: A Graduate Student Guide,” Medium, August 8, 2018.
- Lindsey Wieck, “Blending Local and Spatial History: Using Carto to Create Maps in the History Classroom,” Blog Post, American Historical Association #DigHist Blog Series, September 25, 2017.