AREAS OF INTEREST
stylistics, literary pragmatics, discourse analysis, foreign language literacy development, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, genre theory, narrative theory, 20th- and 21st-century German literature
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, German Literature and Culture, December 2006 Dissertation: Legitimizing Lives: Stylistic Elements of Testimonial Practice in Contemporary German Literature (Advisor: Claire Kramsch)
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, German, November 2001
B.A. Ball State University, magna cum laude in German and Classical Languages, May 2000 Thesis: Greece Reawakening: Germanic Hellenism in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Advisor: Edward Kadletz)
University of Arizona, Tucson, German Department ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GERMAN. Fall 2008 - present.
University of California, Berkeley, German Department ASSISTANT COORDINATOR OF THE GERMAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM. Fall 2003 -Summer 2004 SUMMER GERMAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM COORDINATOR. Summer 2003. INSTRUCTOR OF GERMAN. Fall 2000 - Spring 2005.
Ball State University, Department of Modern Languages and Classics TEACHING ASSISTANT. Fall 1997 - Spring 1998.
(2012). The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in Contemporary German Social Autobiography. London/New York: Routledge.
- (forthcoming 2013). Developing a Pedagogy of Translingual Competence through Contact Pragmatics, with David Gramling. Traditions and Transitions in German Curricula, eds. John Plews and Barbara Schmenk.
Chapters in Books
- (2012) Using Literary Pragmatics to Teach Language As Culture. Pedagogical Stylistics Current Trends in Language, Literature and ELT, eds. Michael Burke, Szilvia Csabi, Week and Judit Zerkowitz. London: Continuum.
Articles in Journals
- (2011). A Turkish Tale: Genre, Subjectivity, and the Controversy around Feridun Zaimoğlu's Leyla. Gegenwartsliteratur, 10:
- (2011). Rethinking the Role of Language Study in Internationalizing Higher Education. L2 Journal, 3.1: 1-21.
- (2010). Linguistic Practice, Stylistics and the Advanced Language/Literature Classroom. With David Gramling. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy. Glenn Levine and Alison Phipps, eds. AAUSC Issues in Language Program Direction. Boston, MA: Heinle.
- (2009). Hey, you! The Germans! Using Literary Pragmatics to Teach Language as Culture. Unterrichtspraxis, 42.1: 162-168.
- (2009). Speaking from Experience: Deixis and Point of View in Verena Stefan's Shedding. Language and Literature, 18.1: 7-23. Awarded the PALA Award for best article by a newcomer to the field of stylistics for 2009.
- (2007). Framing Foreign Language Education in the U.S. The Case of German. with Claire Kramsch, Tes Howell & Chad Wellmon. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 4.3/4: 151-178.
- (2004). It's Just a Game Right?: Types of Play in Foreign Language CMC. Language Learning and Technology, 8.2: 69-87.
- (2002). Computer-Mediated ‘Chatting:’ the design and implementation of network-based activities in the German classroom. The Berkeley Language Center Newsletter 18.1: 9-10.
Invited Talks and Workshops
- Becoming Multlingual: Fostering Symbolic Awareness in the Language Classroom. Center for Educational Resources in Language, Literacy and Culture Summer Workshop, Tucson, May 2012.
- Teaching Texts: Pedagogical Stylistics in the Language Classroom. Center for Educational Resources in Language, Literacy and Culture Summer Workshop, Tucson, June 2010.
- (co-authored with David Gramling) Literature as Linguistic Practice: Bourdieu, Stylistics, and the Advanced Language/Literature Classroom. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy, Irvine, March 2009.
- Multiculturalism, Memory and Autobiography. Goodbye Germany? Migration, Culture and the Nation State, an interdisciplinary German Studies conference, Berkeley, October 2004.
- Planning and Conducting the Foreign Language Session. Graduate Student Instructor Teaching and Orientation Conference, Berkeley, August 2004.
- Literature in Second Language Education by Piera Carroli, 2008. London and New York: Continuum, in Language and Literature, 2010. 19: 226-229.
- Lagune Kursbuch 3 by Hartmut Aufderstasse, Julia Mueller und Thomas Storz, 2008. Ismaning: Hueber, in Unterrichtspraxis. Teaching German, 2008, 41.2: 72-81.
- The Author by Andrew Bennett, 2005. London and New York: Routledge, in Language and Literature, 2008. 17: 97-99.
- Textual Metonymy: A Semiotic Approach by Abdul Gabbar Mohammed Al-Sharafi, 2004. London: Palgrave Macmillian, in Language and Literature, 2006. 15: 323-325.
- Teaching German in an Internationalized Curriculum: The Importance of Symbolic Awareness and Pragmatic Positioning. Reset/Reboot/Recoop: The New College Language and Culture Studies. Fourth Biennial German Studies Workshop, Austin, February 2011.
- The Language of Authenticity: Teaching Towards Intercultural Aesthetics through Autobiographical Literature. American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. Denver, November 2011.
- Autobiographical Positioning in the Mother Biographies of Peter Handke and Georg Diez. German Studies Association. Louisville, September 2011.
- Literary Style as Facework. International Pragmatics Association. Manchester, UK, July 2011.
- Literary Context as Hypertext in session Promoting Inter/Transcultural Literacy Through Literature. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Boston, November 2010.
- Using Literary Pragmatics to Teach Language as Culture: the Case of Young Werther. Poetics and Linguistics Association, Genoa, Italy, July 2010.
- Fostering Translingual Competence through Pragmatic Stylistics. American Association of Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, March 2010.
- Crossing the Field: Using Bourdieu to Bridge Literary Linguistics and Cultural Studies. The Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December 2008.
- Co-presenting in American Association of Teachers of German Session, (Re)conceptionalizing 1st year German at the College Level. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Orlando, 2008.
- Positioning Voices in Feminist Confessions, Poster presentation. Women in German Conference, Salt Lake City, 2008.
- A Turkish Tale: Genre, Subjectivity, and the Controversy around Feridun Zaimoglu's Leyla. The German Studies Association Conference, St. Paul, October 2008.
- Towards a Theory of Literature as Linguistic Practice. The Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, Sheffield, England, July 2008.
- Schema Trouble: the Case of James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. The Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, December 2006.
- Speaking from Experience: Positioning Voice in Testimonial Literature. The Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, Joensuu, Finland, July 2006.
- The Politics of Haunted Voices: Bernward Vesper’s Die Reise. National Postgraduate Colloquium in German Studies, London, UK, April 2006.
- Face and Footing in Literary Texts. The Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D.C., December 2005.
- The Style of Authenticity: Keeping it ‘Real’ in German Social Autobiographies. The joint conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics and the International Association of Applied Linguistics as part of a symposium on cognitive poetics, Madison, July 2005.
- Literature as Linguistic Practice. The Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, December 2004.
- Putting the Text Back in Textbook. The Foreign Language Association of Northern California, Berkeley, November 2004.
- You Are What You Speak: Code-Switching as Position-Taking in Simon Vestdijk's Pastorale 1943. The Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, New York, July 2004.
- Redefining Communication via Computer Media. University of California Consortium Conference on Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, Santa Cruz, March 2004.
- UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY CAMPUS-WIDE TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS AWARD (2003): Awarded to a small number of outstanding graduate student instructors who have made a significant contribution to teaching and learning in their departments.
- CAMPUS-WIDE OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR AWARD (2003): Nominated by the German Department for exceptional undergraduate teaching.
- Currently serving as coordinator of the fifth-semester German course “Gateway to German Studies: Encounters in Language and Culture” at the University of Arizona. This is a 6 credit unit intensive course, which focuses on the development of intermediate to advanced communicative abilities and literacy.
- Lead workshop on structuring classroom activities in the foreign language classroom at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor Orientation Conference (August 2004).
- Lead instructor training for intermediate German (August 2003).
- As part of a four person team, developed a new curriculum for third-semester German course (December 2001).
- 2011 anaonymous reviewer for the journal Unterrichtspraxis
- 2010 anonymous reviewer for AAUSC special volume Preparing Graduate Student Teachers for Advanced Content-based Instruction: Exploring Content through Grammatical Metaphor
- 2010 anonymous reviewer for the journal Intercultural Pragmatics
- 2009-2010 anonymous reviewer for the journal L2.
- 2006-2008 anonymous reviewer for the journal Language Learning and Technology.
- 2004-2005 member of the editorial board for the online German studies journal TRANSIT.
- PALA AWARD: (2010) For the best article published in the journal Language and Literature by a newcomer to the field of stylistics. Awarded for the article “Speaking from Experience: Deixis and Point of View in Verena Stefan's Shedding” (v. 18: 7-23). The judges are the editors of the journal.
- BERKELEY LANGUAGE CENTER FELLOWSHIP: (2002) Tuition, fees and fellowship to support a research project in second language acquisition, in which I designed and piloted network-based activities, using synchronous computer-mediated communication in the second-semester German classroom, University of California, Berkeley.
- BANCROFT LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARD: (2002) Summer stipend for research using archival materials at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley.
- QUEEN BEATRIX SCHOLARSHIP: (2001-2002) For excellence in Dutch Studies, University of California Berkeley
- PHI BETA KAPPA: Inducted first semester of senior undergraduate year (1999) for outstanding scholarship.
- MÜNSTER STUDY ABROAD AWARD: (1998-1999) Fees and living expenses for one year at the Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster awarded through the Modern Languages and Classics Department at Ball State University.
- NORTH AMERICAN AMBASSADOR (2007-present) for the Poetics and Linguistics Association.
- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER (2007-2010) for the Linguistic Approaches to Literature Section of the Modern Language Association. An elected position, involving a four-year rotation of services.
- MAILING LIST ADMINISTRATOR (2003-2006) for Women in German (WIG).
- UNDERGRADUATE COMMITTEE (2009-present) for the German Department at the University of Arizona.
- UNIVERSITY-WIDE UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL, College of Humanities Representative at the University of Arizona. Appointed by the Dean of the College.
- STUDY ABROAD COMMITTEE (2008-2009) for the German Department at the University of Arizona.
- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BERKELEY LANGUAGE CENTER (2004-2005) served as the graduate student representative.
- QUALIFYING EXAM AND READING LIST COMMITTEE (2003-2004) for the re-design of the graduate student requirements in the German Department at Berkeley.
- UNDERGRADUATE OUTREACH COMMITTEE (2001-2003) to promote interest in German language and culture within local high schools, by organizing an open house at Berkeley for high school German students and their teachers.
- SEARCH COMMITTEE (2002-2003) for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or a tenured Associate Professor of Professor in modern Dutch literature and culture to fill the Queen Beatrix Chair in Dutch Studies.
- CONFERENCE COMMITTEE (2000-2003) for the organization of the annual graduate student conference in the German department.
- American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
- American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
- American Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA)
- Society for the Study of Narrative Literature (SSNL)
- Women in German (WIG)
- ENGLISH: native
- GERMAN: near-native reading, writing, speaking and listening
- DUTCH: fluent reading, advanced listening, speaking and writing
- FRENCH: intermediate reading, beginning speaking, listening and writing
- LATIN: advanced reading
- ANCIENT GREEK: intermediate reading
- Universität Frankfurt, 2005-2006.
- Nederlandse Taalunie, Zeist, The Netherlands, Summer 2002.
- Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster, 1998-1999