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My emphasis is on teaching the socio-linguistic rules of language usage as well as on promoting active communicative interaction among students.
What area do you teach?
German and Spanish
Ph.D. (German Studies) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
M.A. (Spanish) University of Texas, San Antonio
B.A. (philosophy) Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Your philosophy of teaching:
I want my students not only to know grammar but also to be able to use German or Spanish in real situations. Therefore, my emphasis is on teaching the socio-linguistic rules of language usage as well as on promoting active communicative interaction among students.
Why did you decide to teach?
I love interacting with students.
1999-2003 Assistant Professor, Southeast Missouri State University
2003-2007 Associate Professor, Southeast Missouri State University
2007-present Professor, Southeast Missouri State University
book: So sehe ick die Sache (Germany, Kiepenheuer & Witsch)
Robert L. Kahn Poetry Prize, Society for Contemporary American Literature in German,
College of Liberal Arts 2002 Honors Award Outstanding Scholarship & Creative Activity
Organization with which you are involved
RMMLA, SCALG, SECOLAS, Wolfgang Hilbig Society
Most Recent/Notable Published Work
Shifting Viewpoints: Cervantes in 20th and 21st Century Literature Written in German (scholarly book, Co-author Meg Brown)
Best advice for students
Always come to class prepared!