Office Number: 806 Van Hise Hall
Research/Language Interests: Second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, authentic materials in L2 teaching and learning, in particular film, study abroad.
About Me: I am an applied linguist who came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2010. Prior to that I taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in German language and applied linguistics and am affiliated with the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition here at UW-Madison (http://www.sla.wisc.edu/). As director of the German language program, I coordinate first- through fourth-semester German and supervise teaching assistants. In addition, I develop and supervise Intermediate German: Reading (German 258), one of three third-year language courses in the undergraduate curriculum. Current research projects focus on the use of authentic materials, especially film, in language learning. I am the co-author of the second-year German textbook Cineplex: Intermediate German Language and Culture Through Film (2014) and sole author of Cinema for German Conversation (2009). I also have a special interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and has a co-authored chapter titled “Signature Pedagogies in the Language Curriculum” in Exploring More Signature Pedagogies (Stylus, 2012).
Affiliated Departments: Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (http://www.sla.wisc.edu/)
• University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in German (Applied Linguistics) (1999)
• University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. in German (Linguistics) (1994)
• University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, B.A. in German Studies (1990)