I was born in Torrance, California and attended CSULB with a major in Geography. In addition, I attended the Uni. of Heidelberg,where I earned a certificate for German as a Foreign Language. I also attended the Uni. of Frankfurt, and the Uni. of Konstanz as an Adenauer fellow. I received my Ph.D. in German Literature and Linguistics from USC. I am a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Tester.
Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments
- Adjunct Professor, Glendale Community College, 1997-2014
Summary Statement of Research Interests
I have been teaching German at the university level since 1987, but I took my first German language course as a senior in college. As an American, who like my students first learned German at college, I believe I have a unique insight into the difficulties and questions of students beginning their language study. For this reason, I especially enjoy teaching our first year language courses, German 101 and German 102. During my studies I was able to attend four different German universities and saw first hand how valuable and fun learning a language can be. My teaching philosopy is simple; I try to make learning German fun. I hope you will come and learn German with me.
- (Spring 2023) GERM 201. German III, Conversation and Composition, TTh 10:00am – 11:50am, SOSB37
- (Spring 2023) GERM 201. German III, Conversation and Composition, MW 12:00pm – 01:50pm, WPH206
- (Spring 2023) GERM 221. Conversational German IV, TTh 12:00pm – 01:50pm, SOSB50
- 2008 Teaching and Mentoring Awards Nominee, 2008-2009
- 2007 Teaching and Mentoring Awards Nominee, 2007-2008
Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students
- I participated and helped plan both German Club and departments events, including the end of the semester BBQ and the Christmas party. In addition, I was involved in the breaking bread program and went with students from all my classes to local German restaurants.