Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: KIN 411
Office Phone: 613-533-2076
I grew up in a small village in Swabia, Germany, close to Heilbronn. I have also lived in Reutlingen and spent a wonderful year in Paris before coming to Canada in 1987. Since completing my PhD here in the department, I teach part-time, and since 2010 have a permanent position. I very much enjoy working at Queen's while being very involved in my children's lives at the same time.
B.A. Honor’s (Guelph), M.A. (Carleton), PhD (Queen’s, 2000).
Thesis Title:'Alles was gedacht und geträumt wird, läuft am Ende doch auf eine Heirat hinaus...' Studien zur Liebessemantik und Ehekonzeption in Ludwig Tiecks William Lovell und Vittoria Accorombona. [An examination of different concepts of love and marriage in novels by Romantic author Ludwig Tieck, on the basis of Niklas Luhmann's discourse analysis and his studies on the "semantics" of love.]
Area of Specialization:
Language Teaching, Business German.
German Romanticism and 19th century literature.
I began my teaching at Queen’s with our third-year Business courses, GRMN 306* and 307*, for which I compiled my own teaching materials, Deutsch in Beruf und Wirtschaft, and by coordinating two second-year Business German courses.
I have also taught our Introductory Literature Courses, GRMN 311* and 312*, now offered on a rotating basis.
I have very much enjoyed supervising our MA and PhD students’ teaching, and coordinating our introductory language Course, German 101* and GRMN 102* . I have reorganized the curriculum for our first-year language textbook, Kontakte, which we now use over three semesters, including in GRMN 201*.This term, I am taking over GRMN 202* with new teaching materials.
Fall: GRMN 201* 001 and 002.
Winter: GRMN 102* 001 and 002, GRMN 202*.
My appointment does not include a research component, and I find less time for it than I would like to! In the last year, I have done research on Suggestopedia, on using technology such as Moodle and clickers in language teaching, and continue to research study skills and how to best teach them. I am currently working on a paper on incorporating techniques borrowed from Suggestopedia to teach complex grammatical structures such as prepositions. I am a member of the Multiplikatoren Netzwerk Kanada. https://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/lp/lhr/sem/de9339247.htm
I have been a Members of the Queen’s University Faculty Association’s (QUFA) Bargaining Team three times, including in the very difficult round of 2010/2011, that brought us very close to a strike. http://www.qufa.ca/
I am currently on the JCAA (Committee to administer the Collective Agreement between bargaining), the Political Action and Communication Committee, and also an Executive Officer of QUFA.
For my department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, I am on the Headship Search and Curriculum Committees and I am our representative to the Arts and Science Faculty Board.
What I like to do when I'm not teaching:
Taking pictures, mostly of our children and of beautiful Kingston, and trying to keep the photo albums up to date! I also love Irish Set Dancing.