Herzlich Willkommen! Welcome!
As Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages at Kansas State University, I coordinate the German language program and train graduate teaching assistants in German. I also teach German language and linguistics courses at all levels and graduate courses in the M.A. in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) program.
My research interests inform my approach to teaching at all levels of the curriculum. I aim to provide students with opportunities to develop both contextualized understandings of second language (L2) meanings and the ability to participate in meaningful L2 use with other speakers. I also encourage students to critically reflect on common discourses about language, L2 learning, and culture that they may not have thought about before. I aim to develop compassionate and tolerant students at all levels of the curriculum.
In my spare time, I play violin and spend time with family and friends. I am also an avid runner.