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 interests in these areas inform my approach to language teaching at all levels of the curriculum. My goals include giving students the opportunity to develop embodied, contextualized understandings of second language (L2) patterns and meaning and encouraging them to use their multilingual resources to actively navigate and participate in German language use with other speakers. I also aim to bring them to critically reflect on the ideological discourses about language and culture that are deployed at both the micro-level -- in daily interactions, and macro-level -- in institutional discourses. In this way, a central objective is to develop inquisitive and compassionate 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.