Associate Professor of German (2006-present)
Director, New England Universities Study Abroad Consortium in Salzburg, Austria (2002-present)
Cooperating Faculty, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
Cooperating Faculty, School of Policy and International Affairs
Cooperating Professor of Education, College of Education and Human Development
Assistant Professor of German (2001-2006)
Previous Faculty Position
Lecturer in German and Language Program Director and TA-Supervisor
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh (1996-2001)
Ph.D. German, "summa cum laude", University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996)
M.Ed. Cross-Cultural Communication, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (1989).
Staatsexamen I, II. History and English, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, München (1981, 1983)
Abitur. (English, Biology, History and Ethics) Max-Rill-Schule, Reichersbeuern, Germany.
Oral Proficiency Interview Training, Brigham Young University (2002).
Workshops on CALL and Website Design, University of Pittsburgh (2000-2001).
Certification Training in Business German, University of Memphis (1999).
Graphic Design, Blocherer Schule and Schwanthaler Kunstschule, Munich (1984-85).
Selected Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
National Award for Service to Profession, "Friend of German", American Association of Teachers of German (2008)
Voted President, Maine Chapter of American Association of Teachers of German (2007-2009)
Induction into Delta Phi Alpha, the National Honor Society for German (2006).
Award for Outstanding Academic Mentoring & Teaching, Senior Skulls Honor Society (2005).
Induction into the Faculty Honor Roll, Student Government Board, U. of Pittsburgh (2000).
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (1993).
Teaching Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1992-1994).
Fulbright and German Marshall Fund Scholarship (1986-1987).
Title III Professional Development Grant, US Dept. of Education, $1,5 Mio, Co-PI L. Lindenfeld (2007)
Summer Research Grant, $7,500, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (2007).
Active Learning Microgrants, $500-750, Center for Teaching Excellence (2004-2006).
Technology Grants, $950-$1,250 Department of Information Technologies (2006, 2008).
Women in the Curriculum Grant for research and course development, $3,000 (2002)
- The Role of Language Education in Maine's Global Economy. Co-author L. Lindenfeld. Maine Policy Review 17, 1 (2008). 54-67.
- On the Road to Multiculturalism: Challenging Concepts of Neutrality and Tolerance in Swiss-German Cinema, Kinema 25 (2006) 27-40.
- Connecting Language to Content: L2 Literature Instruction at the Intermediate Level, Foreign Language Annals 39, 2 (2006) 244-254.
- The Development of the Professorate 1880-1941, German Studies in the United States. A Historical Handbook, Ed. Peter Uwe Hohendahl . (New York: Modern Language Association, 2003) 395-408.
- Upholding the Ideals of the 'Other Germany': Jewish Goethe Scholars in U.S. Exile, Goethe in German-Jewish Culture. Eds. K. L. Berghahn and J. Hermand (Rochester, N.Y.:Camden House, 2001) 123-145.
- Female Immigrant Intellectuals: From Invisibility to 'Women in German, Teaching German in the 20th Century. Eds. David Benseler et. al. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001) 108-119
- Turning Professional - Content-based Communication and the Evolution of a Cross-Cultural Language Curriculum, Foreign Language Annals 33, 6 (2000) 614-621.
- German Culture Through Film: An Introduction to German Cinema. Robert C. Reimer, Reinhard Zachau and Margit Sinka. Newburyport, MA: Focus, 2005. NECTFL-Review 60 (Spring/Summer 2007), pp. 117-21.
- Heroes and Heroism in German Culture. Essays in Honor of Jost Hermand. Eds. Stephen Brockmann and James Steakley. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001, Gegenwartsliteratur. Ein Germanistisches Jahrbuch Vol. 4 (Fall 2005) 285-86.
Teaching Materials and Textbook Anciliaries
- Didactization of the award-winning German children's book Neben mir ist noch Platz by Paul Maar co-author Jennifer Peterson. Cherry Hill, N.J.: American Association of Teachers of German, 2001. Pp. 55.
- Themen-section, workbook for the 6th edition of the intermediate German textbook Kaleidoskop (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001), pp. 11-27, 42-91.
Additional publications not listed
- Textbook editions (3)
- Refereed articles (3)
- Invited conference proceedings (1)
- Book reviews (6)
- Textbook anciliaries (2)
Teaching Experience and Curriculum Development
Taught in German: Literature, Culture, Film and Language
The German Novella
19th Century Literature and Culture
Germany and Austria at the Turn of the Century
German Literature and Culture 1900-1945
German Literature after 1945
Major Cultural Periods: 750-1785
Introduction to Literature: Readings in German Literature
Advanced Structures of German
Writing in German
German for the Professions: Focus on Business
German for the Professions
Practical German: Advanced Composition and Conversation
Intermediate German I and II: 203 and 204
Elementary German I and II: 101 and 102
Taught in English: Film, Folklore, Teaching Methodlogy, Literature
Germanic Myths and Legend
Metamorphoses in World Literature
Teaching Modern Languages (graduate and undergraduate)
Teaching Literature K-12 (graduate and undergraduate)
Teaching English as a Second Language (graduate and undergraduate)
Multiculturalism and Education (graduate and undergraduate)
Freshman Studies: Orientation to College
German Pronunciation for Singers and Journalists
Curriculum & Teaching Materials for Distance-Delivered Courses
Business German for Novices. University of Wisconsin (2003)
Intermediate German. University of Wisconsin (2002)
20th Century German Literature. University of Wisconsin (1995)
Selected Presentations and Workshops
- Upcoming: No Child Left Inside: Engaging with Nature through Language, NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Co-presenter J. Peterson (U. of Minnesota), New York, NY (2009).
- Upcoming: Little Mosques in the City: Performing Multicultural Utopias in Post-Wall Media, Society for Utopian Studies Conference, Portland, ME (2008).
- Upcoming: Remaining Relevant in the Corporate Academy: Place-Based Pedagogies for Engaged Humanities, PAMLA-Conference (Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association), Claremont, CA (2008).
- Seh-, Les- und Schreibfertigkeiten auf allen Stufen, Deutsche Woche in Bar Harbor, week-long Goethe Institut/AATG sponsored immersion for K-16 German teachers (2008).
- Language Policies and Communication in Multicultural Contexts, International Colloquium on Communication, Winter Harbor, ME (2008).
- Best of Maine: Developing Multiple Literacies through L2 Writing at all Proficiency Levels, Re-presenting at NECTFL. Co-presenters J. Smith ( U of Maine) & S. Griffin (Boston U), New York, NY (2008).
- Diversity, Transnationalism and Popular Culture: Türkisch für Anfänger at all Proficiency Levels and Using Film to Teach History, Art, Music and Economcs of the Weimar Republic at the Intermediate Level, ACTFL-Conference (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), San Antonio, TX (2007)
- Cinematic Reflections of Change: Immigrant Minorities in Switzerland and Germany, Rethinking Communication within Changing Global Contexts: NCA-Summer Conference (National Communication Association), Orono, ME, June (2007).
- Finalist for Best of Northeast: Experiencing Cultural Diversity through Video-Based Communication, NECTFL Conference, New York, NY (2007). Co-presenters J. Peterson (U of Minnesota) & S. Griffin (Boston U).
- Escape to Multicultural Paradise? Immigrants and Refugees in Swiss-German Film, GSA-Conference (German Studies Association), Pittsburgh (2006).
- Keynote Speaker: Why German in an English-Speaking World? at the Annual Ceremony honoring outstanding German teachers and students, Blaine House Governor's Mansion, Augusta, ME (2006).
- Keynote Speaker: English is not Enough: Cultural Literacy in a Global Community, Foreign Language Association of Maine, Annual Conference, Portland, ME (2006).
- On the Road to Transnationalism: Minorities in Post-Reunification German Cinema, PAMLA-Conference, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA (2005).
- Raising Cultural Awareness through Role-Playing and Video-Based Assignments, ACTFL-Conference (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages), Baltimore, MD (2005).
- Thawing the North - Sandra Nettelbeck's Bella Martha as a German-Italian Eat-Opia with Laura Lindenfeld. Series: From Rapunzel to Riefenstahl: Real and Imaginary Women in German Culture, Brandeis University (2005).
- Multimedia Fairytales in the German Class, Two-day AATG-Goethe Institut-sponsored workshop, Deutsche Woche in Bar Harbor (2004)
- Teaching Diversity with Children's Literature two-day German Immersion Workshop for K-16 language teachers with J. Peterson (U of Minnesota), for the Wisconsin and Iowa Chapters of the AATG, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (2003).
- From Berlin to Hollywood - German Writers and Film Makers in Exile, Weimar Lecture Series, Bucknell University (2003).
- 39 additional presentations not listed.
Professional Memberships and Activities
- AATG: American Association of Teachers of German; President, Maine Chapter (2007-2009, Vice President, 2005-2007)
- ACTFL: American Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages
- MLA: Modern Language Association
- FLAME: Foreign Language Association of Maine; Member of the Advisory Board (since 2006)
- GSA: German Studies Association
- PAMLA: Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association
- SUS: Society for Utopian Studies
Family: Husband photographer Michael Alden, son Christopher and Yoshi, family dog.
Photoalbum: Photos of classes, individual students giving presentations or receiving awards
Interests and Relevant Experiences Abroad
- Reading, Painting, Music, Movies, Traveling, Kayaking, Spending time with family and friends.
- Resident of Lagos, Nigeria, concurrent travels in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo.
- Subsequently, resident of Germany, concurrent travels in Austria, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Faroe Islands, Fiji Islands, Iceland, Irak, Italy, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Yugoslavia.
- Now resident of the United States with extensive travels through Alaska, Northeastern, Midwestern, Southwestern and Western United States, as well as Hawaii and Canada.
- German, native speaker
- English, native fluency
- French, advanced reading and aural, intermediate oral and writing proficiency
- Spanish, advanced reading and aural, intermediate oral and writing proficiency
- Danish, advanced reading, intermediate oral, aural proficiency
- Yiddish, intermediate aural proficiency
- Italian, intermediate reading and aural profiency
- Dutch, advanced reading proficiency