Eastern Michigan University
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Margrit Zinggeler

Professor of German

Margrit Zinggeler 347 Alexander

734.487.0130 ext. 6728

mzinggele@emich.edu

Education

Ph.D. German Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1993)
M.A. German Literature and Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1988)
B.A. English Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1985)
Studied English and History at University of Zurich (1981-1983)

Interests and Expertise

Professor Zinggeler is a native of German-speaking Switzerland. She primarily teaches Business German, German language and phonetic courses, German, Swiss, Austrian, and Liechtenstein Cultural Studies. She is the advisor of students in the "German for International Careers" program.

Her research concentrates on Swiss Studies, Business German, and innovative approaches to teaching German by using Online corpora technology to analyze the 200 Brothers' Grimm Fairy Tales.

She collaborates with Dr. Karin Baumgartner, University of Utah, on the project www.swissstudies.org and co-edited a book with her, titled From Multiculturalism to Cultural Hybridity: New Approaches in Teaching Modern Switzerland. (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2010).

In 2010, she conducted research at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, with a Fellowship Award from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Consecutively, the monograph How Second Generation Immigrants Writers have transformed Swiss and German Language Literature. A Study of Sensorial Narratives by Authors Writing from the Swiss „Secondo-Space” was published in 2011.

Professor Zinggeler received the national "Excellence in Teaching Language and Culture of FL-A-CH" Award, presented to her by the Austrian Culture Forum and the Swiss Embassy at ACTFL Conference in San Diego on Nov. 21, 2015.

In winter semester 2016, Prof. Zinggeler was awarded the Faculty Research Fellowship to work on her new book project: SWISS MAID: The Untold Story about Women's Contributions to Switzerland's Success (forthcoming publication 2017).

Courses taught in Fall semester 2017:

  • German 221: Intermediate German Reading
  • German 343: German Cultures and Civilizations
  • German 443/620: Advanced German Grammar and Syntax
  • German 446/647: Business German I / German Business Practices

Prof. Zinggeler's Personal Website

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Forthcoming Publications

  • Book: SWISS MAID: The Untold Story About Women's Contributions to Switzerland's Success. New York: Peter Lang, 2017.
  • Articles: “Die Überfremdung hat nicht stattgefunden – Der literarische Einfluss einer global ausgerichteten Schweiz.” CH-Studien. Zeitschrift zu Literatur und Kultur aus der Schweiz. 2017.
  • Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost ist eine Kuh: Über das Vertreiben der Kultur- und Wissenschaftsbeiträgen von Schweizerinnenn. Proceedings from GSA Conference Swiss Seminar. Peter Lang, 2015/16.
  • “Über das Schweigen in den Märchen der Brüder Grimm – eine Korpus-basierende Analyse.” Über das Schweigen – Das Verschwiegene – das Ungesagte – das Unsagbare. Conference Proceedings of Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Silence. Pedagogivcal University, Krakow, Poland, Sept. 2013.

Published Books

  • PHONOGRIMM: German Phonetics through the Magic of the Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales.  E-Book Kindle Select, Feb. 28, 2014: ISBN 978-0-615-98031-7 and Print Amazon Direct Publishing, ISBN 13-978-1496197726.
  • Globale Heimat CH: Grenzüberschreitende Texte in der zeitgenössischen Li teratur. Co-ed. with Charlotte Schallié. Zurich: edition8, 2012. ISBN 978-3-85990-172-8. http://www.edition8.ch/autor/charlotte - schallie - margrit v - zinggeler/  
  • How Second Generation Immigrants Writers have transformed Swiss and German Language Literature. A Study of Sensorial Narratives by Authors Writing from the Swiss ‚Secondo-Space.”Leviston, NY: Edwin Mellen, International Scholarly Publisher of Advanced Research, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7734-1571-3.
  • From Multiculturalism to Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern Switzerland. Co-edited with Karin Baumgartner. New Castle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publisher. 2010. ISBN 978-1-4438-2488-0.
  • GRIMMATIK: German Grammar through the Magic of the Brothers' Grimm Fairy Tales. LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics, Vol. 26. Munich: Lincom Europa, 2007. Second Edition E-Book (2016): http://lincom-shop.eu/GRIMMATIK-students-edition-e-book
  • Literary Freedom and Social Constraints in the Works of Swiss Writer Gertrud Leutenegger. Amsterdamer Publications for Language and Literature. Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi, 1995.: Rodopi, 1995.

 Published Book Chapters and Articles

  • “Der Roman Seltsame Schleife von Rolf Niederhauser als transkulturelle Vernetzung von Stimmen.” In: Transkulturalität der Deutsch-Schweizer Literatur: Entgrenzungen dur Kulturtransfer und Migration. Ed. Vesna  Kondrič Horvat. Wiesbaden: J.B. Metzler, 2017: 95-108.
  • “The Grimm Corpus of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and Legends in COSMAS – What would Jacob and Wilhelm do with this Marvelous Tool?” Märchen, Mythen und Moderne. 200 Jahre Kinder- und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm. Berlin, Bern, New York: Peter Lang, 2015: 1139-1150.
  • "GRIMMATIK:" German Grammar through the Magic of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and the Online Grimm Corpus. In: Corpus Linguistics Beyond the Word. Corpus Research from Phrase to Discourse. Ed. Eileen Fitzpatrick. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2007: 53-86.
  • "Wieviel Sekunden hat die Ewigkeit: Der Interrogativ in den KHM mit Antworten aus der "GRIMMATIK"  und der Grimm Corpora COSMAS". Jahrbuch Brüder Grimm-Gesellschaft. Ed. Bernhard Lauer. Vol. X, 2000. Brüder Grimm-Gesellschaft: Kassel, 2005: 121-144.
  • “Gender and Belief in Two Divan Poems and Faust.Goethe and Religion. Eds. Kerry, Paul E., Cracroft, Richard. H., Murphy, John J. Literature and Belief. Vol. 20.2. Brigham Young University, 2000: 53-78.
  • The “Eastern European Memory” in Contemporary German Swiss Literature. GLOSSEN: German Literature and Culture after 1945. Nr. 40,June 2015. Online: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/glossen/most-recent-issue-glossen-402015/margrit-zinggeler-glossen40-2015/
  • “Understanding and Teaching Variations of Every-Day Business Language and Behavior in German-Speaking Countries.” GABC Journal. Vol. 2.1.4, 2013. Web: http://commons.emich.edu/gabc/vol2/iss1/4 .
  • „Sinnlicher, engagierter und besser. “Schweizer Monat: Autorenzeitschrift für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur, 1007, May 2013: 82-87.
  • „Vom Erblühen, Wachsen und Welken der LiteraturZeitSchriften in der deutschsprachigen Schweiz: Eine Umschau.“ Die Horen: Zeitschrift für Literatur, Kunst und Kritik, 58 Jahrgang, Ausgabe 250.2, 2013: 232-236.
  • „Gegen und mit dem Strom schwimmen: Informationen für eine Lehreinheit zur Europäischen Union aus Schweizer Sicht.“ Die Unterichtspraxis/Teaching German. Vol. 45.2, 2012: 136-144.
  • „Teaching Suggestions for Swiss Romansh Language and Culture.“ From Multiculturalism to Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern Switzerland, eds. Karin Baumgartner and Margrit Zinggeler. New Castle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publisher. 2010, 253-258.
  • "Internships at Consular Offices: A Gateway to International Communication and Careers.“ With Coral Lopez-Gomez. Global Business Languages 2010: 103-123.
  • "Business Languages and the Use of English in Multi-Lingual Switzerland." Global Business Languages. Eds. Christiane Keck, Allen G. Wood. Vol.10, 2005: 67-83.
  • "Leichte Kost in der Schweizer Literatur". Schweizer Monatshefte 08/09, 2005: 53-55.
  • "Mit der Feder als Waffe." Schweizer Monatshefte für Politik Wirtschaft Kultur. 83/4, April 2003: 44-47.
  • "The Educational Duty of the German Chamber of Commerce". Global Business Languages. Eds. Christiane Keck, Allen G. Wood. CIBER, Perdue University, 2002: 124-131.
  • “Schweizer Theaterkultur im Spannungsfeld von Volk und Kunst”. Modern Language Studies 30:2. 2002: 5159.
  • Speaking Intensive German: Sprechen, Reden, Erzählen und mehr.  MIFFLC Review. Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference Research Publication. Vol. 6. 1996: 97-106.
  • Multikulturalismus: ein amerikanisches Konzept aus Schweizer Sicht. Schatzkammer der deutschen Sprache, Dichtung und Geschichte. Vol. XXI, 1 & 2, 1995: 65-70.
  • Der Arzt als Schriftsteller - Die Schriftstellerin als Patientin. Schweizer Monatshefte für Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur. 12/1, Dec./Jan. 1995/96: 53-56.
  • Die Flucht in die USA. Amerikabilder der ostdeutschen Autorin Gabriele Eckart und von Schriftstellern der deutschen Schweiz. Schweizer Monatshefte für Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur. 75. Jahr/Heft 5. Mai 1995: 29-34.
  • Object Relation Theories: Psychoanalytical Applications to Gertrud Leutenegger’s “Gouverneur.” New German Review, Vol. 8, 1992: 61-73.
  • Teacher’s Personality and Second Language Development. Method III, Methodologies in Modern Language Teaching. Eds. Reinhold Bubser, Robert Krueger, Siegrun Wildner. 1987: 61-73.

  Reviews:

  • Article Review: “Unwissen und Unfälle: Friedrich Dürrenmatts dramaturgisches Denken und das Gesetz der großen Zahl.” Peer Review for The German Quarterly. Vol. 87, Fall 2014.
  • Book review of Komorowski, Dariusz (ed.) „Jenseits Frisch und Dürrenmatt. Jenseits von Frisch und Dürrenmatt: Raumgestaltung in der gegenwärtigen Deutschschweizer Literatur. Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann, 2009.“ The German Quarterly 83.1. Winter 2010: 120.
  • Book review of Moser, Milena, „Flowers in your hair oder wie man in San Francisco glücklich wird.“ Schweizer Monatshefte. Nr.963,August 2008.
  • Book Review of Hering, Axel und Magdalena Matussek. Geschäftskommunikation: Besser schreiben.München: Hueber, 2007. Unterrichtspraxis, Vol. 41, 1,Spring 2008.
  • Book review of Eismann, Volker. Wirtschaftskommunikation Deutsch. Vol. 1+2 and Wirtschaftskommunikation Deutsch: Lehrerhandreichungen zu Band 1 und Band 2. Berlin: Langenscheidt, 2001. Unterrichtspraxis, 36.2. 2003: 223-224.
  • Book Review of Riegler-Poyet, Margarete, et.al. Das Testbuch Wirtschaftsdeutsch: Training WiDaF. Berlin: Langenscheidt, 2000. Unterrichtspraxis, 36.2. 2003: 224.
  • Book review of Jochen Kiessling’s book about Robert Walser, Gestalten der Stille. Monatshefte, Vol. 90, No. 4, University of Wisconsin, 1998; 557f.

 Other

  • “Martha-Morphosis. Erzählung.” TRANS-LIT2. Vol. XXIII/Nr. 1, Spring 2017: 46-49.
  • THE REAL FAKE BEAR. Children’s Book; Kindle Direct Publishing. 2015. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015BFZDSC
  • ”Everyone owns a piece of chocolate.” American Association of Teachers of German, Newsletter Vol. 50, No. 4, Spring 2015: 6.
  • „Networking with Students and Alumni of Business German Courses.“ American Association of Teachers of German, Newsletter Vol. 43, No. 2, Spring 2008: 14.
  • „Study Abroad Report EMU German Program. “American Association of Teachers of German, Newsletter Vol. 42, No.4, Fall 2007: 5.
  • “Foreign Language Advocacy in Michigan.” The Language Educator 2.2006: 29-30.
  • "Business Languages in Multi-Lingual Switzerland." Purdue CIBER Working Papers. No. 2004-001. 2004.
  • Lehrplanvorschläge für Wirtschaftsdeutsch in der Highschool: Die Zeit, das Geld, eine Geschäftsreise, Schweizer Produkte. American Association of Teachers of German. Item # 64320. 2004.

  LECTURES

  • Introduction to “Seltsame Schleife” by Swiss Author Rolf Niederhauser. Eastern Michigan University, Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Wie Migranten und Secondo-Narrativen die (Deutsch-)Schweizer Literatur verändern. Justus Liebig University Gießen and Literarisches Zentrum Gießen. June 10, 2013.
  • Invited Book-Tour: Literary Freedom and Social Constraints in the Works of Swiss Writer Gertrud Leutenegger. Supported an organized by the Embassy of Switzerland, Washington, DC. Lectures at the Swiss Embassy, Washington, DC; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania; and Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania ,1995. 

 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Literary Humanism in the Current Swiss Migration Debate (Literarischer Humanismus in der aktuellen Flüchtlingsdebatte in der Schweiz.)Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Baltimore, ML, March 23-26, 2017.
  • Images of FL-A-CH for the German Classroom: “Deutsch lernen mit Bildern aus der Schweiz.” ACTFL-AATG Conference, Boston, MA, Nov. 18-20, 2016
  • Transcultural Spaces in Mary and Percy Shelley’s “History of Six Weeks’ Tour” (1817) and “Seltsame Schleife” (2014) by Swiss Writer Rolf Niederhauser. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference. Salt Lake City. Oct. 6-8, 2016.
  • Transkulturelle Stimmen in Rolf Niederhausers “Seltsame Schleife.” Conference “Transkulturelle Aspekte der Deutschen Schweizer Literatur” at University of Maribor, Slovenia. May 12-15, 2016.
  • Legenden aus Liechtenstein – Liechtenstein als Legende.. ACTFL-AATG Conference, San Diego, CA, Nov. 20-22, 2015.
  • Das Beste vom Kleinsten: Lichtenstein im Deutschunterricht. Michigan World Language Conference, Lansing, MI. Oct. 22-23, 2915.
  • Globally Ignored and Locally Imagined: In Search of Real Women in the History of Switzerland. German Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., Oct. 1-4, 2015.
  • Der Fluch der Alpen: Sennentuntschi kehrt zurück. NEMLA Conference, Toronto, CA, April 30 to May 3, 2015.
  • Was gibt’s da zu LACHen? Materialien für Liechtenstein, Österreich, Schweiz. (Session Chair). My presentation: “Das Landle lacht: Materialien zu Liechtenstein.” ACTFL-AATG Conference, San Antonio, Nov. 21-23, 2014.
  • How Students become Language Researchers by using COSMAS to analyze the Grimm Fairy Tales. ACTFL-AATG Conference, San Antonio, Nov. 21-23, 2014.
  • Connect to Multilingual, Multicultural Switzerland and Engage in Eight Languages.  Michigan World Language Conference, Lansing, MI. Oct. 23-24, 2014.
  • Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost ist eine Kuh: Über das Vertreiben der Kultur- und Wissenschaftsbeiträgen von Schweizerinnen. 3-Day Seminar on Peter von Matt. German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, Sept. 18-21, 2014.
  • The Women before Disney: Lotte Reinigers’ Dancing Shadow Films. EMU Women’s History Month: “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” March 19, 2014.
  • Doing Business in Switzerland and Internship Opportunities. ACTFL-AATG Conference, Orlando, FL, Nov. 22-24. 2013.
  • How German Poems Can Improve Pronunciation and Grammar, and Instill a Love for German Culture. Michigan World Language Association Conference, Lansing Center, Michigan, Nov. 7-8, 2013.
  • Staging a „Swiss Fest“: Communicating Culture in French and German. Michigan World Language Association Conference, Lansing Center, Michigan, Nov. 7-8, 2013.
  • Über das Schweigen in den Märchen der Brüder Grimm – eine Korpus-basierende Analyse. „...schweigst du aber, so soll dirs geschenkt sein.“ Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Silence. Pedagogivcal University, Krakow, Poland, Sept. 23-29, 2013. Invited Plenary Presentation.
  • Understanding and Teaching Variations of Business Culture and Language in German-Speaking Countries. Global Advances in Business Communication (GABC), Tri-Continental Conference, University of Antwerp, Belgium, May 27-30, 2013.
  • The “Eastern (European) Memory” in Contemporary German Swiss Literature. Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Convention. Boston, MA: March 21-24, 2013.
  • The Online Grimm Corpus in COSMAS – What would Jacob and Wilhelm do with this Marvellous and Modern Tool? Märchen, Mythen und Moderne: 200 Jahre Kinder- und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm. University of Kassel, Germany. Dec. 17-20, 2012.
  • CROSSING SWISS BORDERS: NEW TRANSCULTURAL TEXTS FOR THE GERMAN-SPEAKING CLASSROOM. (With Charlotte Schallie).  ACTFL-AATG Conference, Philadelphia, Nov. 15-18, 2012
  • Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Grimm Fairy Tales: New Approaches to Teaching German Grammar. Michigan World Language Association Conference, Lansing Center, Oct. 24-26, 2012.
  • Globale Heimat.ch: Grenzüberschreitende Begegnungen in der zeitgenössischen Literatur. German-Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 4-7, 2012.
  • The Online Grimm Corpus in COSMAS: A Marvelous Tool for Research, Teaching and Story Telling. AFTER GRIMM: FAIRY TALES AND THE ART OF STORY TELLING Conference. Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames (U.K.), Sept. 6-8, 2012.
  • Globale Heimat.ch: Grenzüberschreitende Begegnungen in der zeitgenössischen Literatur. Invited presentation of book with same title, co-ed. with Charlotte Schallié. Solothurn Literary Day, Switzerland, May 16-20, 2012.  
  • Teaching about Swiss Romansh Language and Culture to understand Minority Communities. Michigan World Language Association Conference, Lansing, MI, Oct. 20-21, 2011
  • Melinda Nadj Abonji’s Novel ‚Tauben fliegen auf‘: Winner of the 2010 German and 2010 Book Prize. German Studies Association Conference, Louisville, KT, September 22-25, 2011.
  • Hybrid Identities in Literature by ‚Secondos and Secondas‘ in Switzerland. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. New Brunswick, NJ, April 8-10, 2011.
  • Foreign Language and Transcultural Needs for International Careers and Curricular Responses by Educational Institutions. CIBER Conference, Charleston, SC, March 23-26, 2011.
  • Learning about Switzerland from Second Generation Immigrant Authors. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages (ACTFL/AATG), Boston, MA. Nov. 2010.
  • “PHONOGRIMM”:  Learning German Phonetics and Pronunciation with the Grimm’s Märchen. (I organized the session). American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages (ACTFL/AATG), Boston, MA. Nov. 2010.
  • Narratives by Second Generation Immigrant Authors: Transforming the German-Swiss Literary Scene and Discourse. Graduate Colloquium Presentation at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. June 15, 2010.
  • Hybrid Identities in Narratives by Second Generation Female Swiss Authors. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Montreal, Canada, April 8-11, 2010.
  • Teaching the EU from a Swiss Perspective. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages (ACTFL), San Diego, CA Nov. 20-22, 2009.
  • From Multiculturalism to Hybridity: Ethnic Diversification in newest German Swiss Literature. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Snowbird, Utah, Oct. 8-11, 2009.
  • Cool Swiss German Literature for High School. Michigan World Language Association Conference, Lansing, MI, Oct. 15-16, 2009.
  • Study Abroad: A Vehicle to Improved Communication and Global Engagement. American Engages the World Conference. Eastern Michigan University Conference, Sept. 9.11.2009.
  • Die Verortung in der neuen deutschen Schweizer Literatur. Also panel organizer of The Location and Dislocation of Swiss Literature. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, MA, Feb. 26 - March 1, 2009.  
  • Teaching Swiss Culture through the Film „Vitus.“ American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, Orlando, FL, Oct. 20-23, 2008.
  • GRIMMATIK: A New Approach to teach Intermediate German Grammar. Michigan World Language Association Conference, Oct. 23-24, 2008.
  • „Der ditte Raum“ als transkulturelles und postkoloniales Privileg. German Studies Association Conference, St. Paul, MN, Oct. 2-5, 2008
  • Project-Based Learning of German for Professional Purposes: A Glimpse into the Professional Future. Panel: “Language and Cultures for Business and the Professions: A Great career Choice for the 21 Century.”Honors College– Star Lecture Series: EMU Student Center, April 1, 2008.
  • Preparing for the Global Business: Visiting an International Company for a Class Project. CIBER Conference, St. Petersburg, FL (April 2008).
  • Team-up with the Other Language Room: Die Schweiz – La Suisse. Central States Conference, Dearborn, MI (March 2008).
  • The German Company Visit: A Glimpse into the Professional Future. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, San Antonia, TX (Nov. 2007).
  • Young Swiss Go Global: Cool Literature for High School. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, San Antonia, TX (Nov. 2007). Organized session panel: "Young, Swiss, and Cool: Teaching New Swiss Literature and Culture.“
  • How to Use and Contribute to swissstudies.org. Michigan Modern Language Association Conference (Oct. 2007)
  • European Integration Trends and Oppositional Forces in Switzerland. German Studies Association Conference (Oct. 2007). Organized session panel: „From Political Modernity to European Integration – A Swiss Perspective.“
  • Der Topos des Reisens in Texten von Martin R. Dean and Daniel Zahno. Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Baltimore, Maryland, (March 2007). Organized session panel: „Leaving Narrow Boundaries: Travel Narratives by Swiss Authors.“ 
  • Small Country – Large Company. New Business German Teaching Material focusing on Swiss Corporations. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, Nashville, TN (November 2006)
  • A Case for Swiss Studies. Michigan World Language Association. Lansing, MI  (Oct. 2006) 
  • Looking New: swissstudies.org – A New Portal for the Teaching of Switzerland. German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (Sept. 2006)
  • GRIMMATIK: Methodology and Applications. International Grimm Symposium, Kassel, Germany (May 2006)
  • Fanatsies of Switzerland in Literature, Film, and Theater. Introduction and moderation of reading by Swiss writer Verena Stefan. Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Philadelphia, PA (March 2005)
  • "Hat Fabulieren eine Vision?" - Neue Schweizer Texte für den Unterricht. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, Baltimore, MD (November 2005)
  • 1) Images of Switzerland in/for French and German. 2) ACTFL/NCATE/MDE Standards for Language Teacher Preparation: New Challenges for College Programs. Michigan World Language Association. Lansing, MI (Oct. 2005)
  • Irony and Humor in Swiss German Literature: Eine diskursive, literarische Analyse von Milena Mosers Texten Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Cambridge, MA (April 2005)
  • The French-German Connection in Switzerland. Michigan Foreign Language Association, Lansing, MI (Oct. 2004)
  • GRIMMATIK: German Grammar through the Magic of the Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales and the Online Grimm Corpus. The Fifth North American Symposium on Corpus Linguistics, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey (May 2004)
  • A multi-linguistic Journey through Switzerland. Central States Conference, Dearborn, MI (April 2004)
  • Die Metapher des Kranken in Jeremias Gotthelf und Walter Vogt. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (March 2004)
  • A multi-cultural Journey through Switzerland. Michigan Foreign Language Association, Lansing, MI, Oct. 2003.
  • Die Mundart und Hochsprache Diglossie der Schweiz: Eine Herausfordrung an Deutschlehrer und –lerner. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, Philadelphia, PA (November 2003)
  • Academic Service-Learning: The Language and Business Model. CIBER Conference on International Business, Language & Technology, New Synergies, New Times (April 2003)
  • Heidi und Tell: Ein anderes literarisches Paar zur kritischen Abhandlung der 'gepaarten' Schweizer Literatur. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Boston, MA (March 2003)
  • The Grimm Corpus of COSMAS: Post-Identity Data Analysis of Fairy Tales. Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Conference (November 2002)
  • Business German: Linking Standards with German Industries. Michigan Foreign Language Association Conference, Lansing (Oct. 2002)
  • The Importance of Learning a Foreign Language. Young Educator Conference, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti (April 2002)
  • GRIMMATIK: German Grammar with the Magic of the Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales. Teaching & Learning Showcase; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti (April 2002)
  • Breaking Through the American Stereotype of Cultural Insensitivity and Mono-Lingualism. CIBER Conference on „Global Interdependence and Language, Culture, and Business. Chapel Hill, NC (March 2002)
  • Web-Contributions to the Teaching of German Culture, Literature and Business: Examples from Three Universities in Michigan. Michigan Foreign Language Association, Lansing, MI (Oct. 2001)
  • Realität dank Schreiben – Swiss Women in Politics, Politics of Swiss Women. Northeast Modern Language Association in Hartford, CT (March 2001)
  • 1) Schweizer Informationsquellen im Internet. 2) What Language Can Your Car Speak? – A German-American Marriage Made in Michigan. 3) Language and International Trade and Language and World Business Programs at Eastern Michigan University. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages/American Association of Teachers of German, Boston, MA (November 2000)
  • EMU Opens the World for YOU! Michigan Foreign Language Association Conference, Lansing, MI (Oct. 2000)
  • Gretchen und Helena: Zur Emanzipation des Ewig-Weiblichen. Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, N.Y. (April 2000)
  • Why Goethe Today? Mid-West Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, MN (November 1999)
  • Aesthetic Interplay Between Swiss German Literature and the Fine Art / Deutschsprachige Theaterkultur im Spannungsfeld von Volk und Kunst. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, Pittsburgh, PA (April 1998)
  • A Minority Catalyst from the South: The Swiss Influence on German Literature in the 20th Century. American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages, Chicago, IL (November 1998)
  • Von Schlegels Theorie der Weiblichkeit zur industriellen Realität: „Und was ist aus den Frauen geworden? Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, MD (April 1998)
  • Innere und äußere Wirklichkeit - Schweizer Autorinnen und ihre Narrativen. Northeast Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA (April 1997)
  • German-American Literary Relations Canadian Style. Northeast Modern Language Association, Montréal, Canada (April 1996) 
  • Speaking Intensive German: Sprechen, Reden, Erzählen und mehr. Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Radford University, Virginia (Oct. 1995)
  • Das Kleine im Grossen - Das Grosse im Kleinen: Swiss-American Literary Multiculturalism since 1945. Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA (April 1995)
  • The Ontology of Literary Freedom. Northeast Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA (March 1993)
  • Images of America by Swiss German Writers. Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, NY (April 1992)
  • Teacher’s Personality and Second Language Development. Conference on Modern Language Teaching, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sept. 1987)

GRANTS, HONORS, AND AWARDS

  • Foundation Interfeminas Switzerland, Book Support Award 2016 for SWISS MAID: The untold story about women’s contributions to Switzerland’s success. CHF 2000.
  • College of Art and Science Dean’s Travel Grants ($ 550) for presenting at ACTFL/AATG Conference, Boston, MA, 2016.
  •  Departmental Travel Grant ($ 500) for presenting at RMMLA Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, 2016.
  • Eastern Michigan University: Faculty Research Fellowship – 100 % teaching release time winter semester 2016 to conduct research in Switzerland for SWISS MAID book project.
  • Award for “Excellence in Teaching Language and Cultures of FL-A-CH” presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Swiss Embassy Washington, DC, at AATG Award Ceremony at ACTFL Conference in San Diego, CA, Nov. 21, 2015.
  • College of Art and Science Dean’s Travel Grants ($ 425) 2014 (GSA Conference) and 2015 (ACTFL/AATG Conference)
  • Departmental Travel Grant ($450) 2014 (ACTFL/AATG Conference) and 2015 (GSA Conference)
  • Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship Award 2013/2014 ($400).
  • Grant by Check-Point Charlie Foundation for 9th EMU German-American Day Oct. 7, 2013, Euro 2000.
  • College of Art and Science Travel Grant (Conference in Krakow, Poland), $ 734.00.
  • Provost’s Travel Grant (After Grimm Conference, UK), $ 425 (fall 2012).
  • Departmental Travel Grant ($ 450) for presenting at German Studies Association Conference 2012.
  • Undergraduate Research Stimulus Award for mentoring student Elaine Gurich (she receives $ 2000 for her research) and faculty receives $ 500 (winter 2012).
  • Provost’s Stimulus Grant for Internationalization: „Membership Networking in International Chambers of Commerce“ Fall Semester 2011 ($ 2,500)
  • Dean’s Professional Development Initiative: „Connecting German High School Programs with EMU“ German, Fall Semester 2011 ($ 650)
  • Departmental Travel Support, Fall Semester 2011 ($ 450)
  • Dean’s Travel Grant, Winter Semester2011 ($ 425)
  • Departmental Travel Support Winter Semester 2011 ($ 300)
  • Sabbatical Leave: Fall Semester 2010
  • Swiss National Science Foundation: International Short Visit Fellowship, May 1 – July 31, 2010, at University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (CHF 9700) to research for book project on literature by second generation immigrant authors and collaborate with the Swiss Forum for Migration and Populations Studies.
  • EMU College of Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Professional Development Initiative (PDI). $ 1000 for Language and International Trade website.
  • Barbara Ort-Smith Award for Excellency and Lifelong Contribution to the Teaching of Foreign Languages by Michigan World Language Association. Oct. 2009. “Most prestigious award a professional in the field of world languages in the State of Michigan”
  • Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship Award 2008/2009 ($400)
  • CAS Dean’s Travel Award 2010 ($ 425)
  • CAS Dean’s Travel Award 2008 ($ 400)
  • CAS Dean’s Travel Award 2007 ($ 300)
  • „Teaching Excellence Award,“ Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association (2006)
  • DAAD Group Visit Award to travel with 11 EMU students of German to Germany ($ 4800). “On the Footsteps of the Brothers Grimm along the German Fairy Tale Route” (2006)
  • Outstanding Faculty in Supporting Role; EMU Holman Learning Center Award (2006)
  • World College Travel Grant ($ 500 for travel to present in Australia; had to decline) (2005)
  • CAS Dean’s Faculty Travel Awards; $ 200 – 400 (in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008)
  • Departmental Travel Awards ($ 300 in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Faculty Development Fellow: A Walk in Cyberspace: Becoming an Excellent On-Line Teacher; winter semester 2005; Presenter at Faculty Research Fair (2005)
  • Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Award (2003, 2005)
  • Cowan National Security Teaching Fellowship Award of Department of Military Science, Eastern Michigan University ($ 1,000) (2003)
  • Academic Service-Learning Fellow (2002-2003)
  • DAAD Study Visit Award by German-Academic Exchange Program; Research on Brothers' Grimm FairyTales in Kassel, Mannheim, and Rheine, Germany (2001) (Euro 4000)
  • Goethe Institute Stipend Recipient: 2 week seminar on German Politics in Bonn (1995)
  • Michigan State University Stipend for Summer Workshop on Business German (1992)
  • Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant Scholarship, University of Minnesota (1986-1993)

SERVICE (selected)

  • Department of Education Michigan: University World Language Program Reviewer, 2017.
  • Fulbright National Evaluator of Research Applications for Austria and Switzerland. National Evaluation Committee, New York, Nov. 15, 2012.
  • Invited evaluator of Dr. Manuel Meune’s application to “Professeur Titulaire” at the University of Montreal. An extensive report on his teaching, service, and scholarship was requested. July 2012.
  • Director of Study Abroad Intensive German Summer Program in Düsseldorf, 2012.
  • Reviewer for Unterrichtspraxis, journal of AATG of article on Swiss culture (Nov. 2012). July 2012.
  • Director of Study Abroad Intensive German Summer Program in Düsseldorf, 2011.
  • Chair of Continuous Performance Improvement of Administrators Committee, 2007-2010.
  • Chair of Local Arrangement Committee for Central States Conference, Dearborn, MI, March 6-8, 2008.
  • Director of Intensive German Language Summer Program Abroad, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2007.
  • Examiner of doctoral thesis by Diana Christine Leeder (University of New England, Australia): "Die Ruhe auf der Flucht" (Momentary Peace / Tranquility while fleeing): An Examination of the Catholic References in the Work of Gertrud Leugenegger (2005)
  • German MTTC (Michigan Test Teacher Certification) Reviewer, Michigan Department of Education (2006, 2008)
    • College of Business (EMU) International Business Advisory Council (2007-present)
    • Elected President of Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA) (2005-2006)
    • Michigan Delegate of JNCL-NCLIS Assembly; Conference in Washington, D.C. (2005)
    • EMU Institutional Value Award Committee (2005)
    • Michigan Delegate of ACTFL Assembly (2003, 2004, 2005)
    • Chair of Ron Collins Distinguished Faculty Award Committee at EMU (2004 – present)             Director of Study Abroad Intensive German Program in Graz, Austria (2000 and 2002) 
    • Section Head of German, Eastern Michigan University (2001-2006)
    • Executive Board of Faculty Council (2003 – 2010) 
    • Departmental Representative on Faculty Senate of Eastern Michigan Faculty (2002 – 2015)
    • Leadership Training Course at Fort Knox, Tennessee [part of Cowen National Security Award] (2003)
    • Search Committee for Department Head (2003) 
    • Chair of German Faculty Search Committee (2001)
    • Chair of Goethe Institute Test Center at Eastern Michigan University (2000 – present) 
    • Chair of Departmental Recruitment Committee (1999-2005)
    • Chair of Departmental Business Language Committee (1999-present)
    • Departmental Personnel Committee (1999-2000)
    • Bargaining Committee (1999-2000)

 AFFILIATION 

  • International Alliance of Women (2017 – present)
  • DAAD Alumni Association (2010 – present)
  • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (2009, 2016 – present.)
  • Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages(2004, 2006–2008)
  • Michigan World Language Association (1999 – present)
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce (1997 – present)
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) (1986 – present)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) (1986 – 2013)
  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) (1992 – present)
  • German Studies Association (GSA) (1992, 2005 – present)
  • Eastern Michigan Women’s Association (EMUWU) (1999 – present)
  • Detroit Swiss Society (2000 – present)

The Department of World Languages is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold