As Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Administration, my position is the central administrative resource for chairs and program directors in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. My primary responsibilities include working with the Dean to support Chairs and Program Directors in the area of personnel, resources, and space, with particular emphasis on implementation of the Culture of Care initiative, evaluation procedures, College-wide administrator and faculty development initiatives, and promoting a culture of care, diversity, equity, and inclusion across the College. Additional responsibilities include overseeing curricular matters, including new undergraduate initiatives, interdisciplinary majors and the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (IAH). I was previously Chair of the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU. I am interested in theories of leadership and mentoring as they pertain to the Arts & Humanities and more broadly in higher education.
As a Professor of German, my main interests are German cinema, 20th and 21th century utopian and science fiction literature, primarily from Europe. My work is available in several forms: monograph, edited collections, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and online publications. Consider submitting a proposal to publish in my book series World Science Fiction Studies with Peter Lang Oxford. In addition, I have been privileged to teach all levels of German language, literature, and film as well as courses in English on comparative cinema and comparative utopia. My work has been funded by grants from Fulbright and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) among others. In 2015, I was President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL). I was previously Department Chair and Professor of German and Eastern European Studies and at Illinois Wesleyan University. In my free time, I love to go “auf Abenteuer” with my family, cook, garden, bike, and cross-country ski.
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