I am an Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and German at Michigan State University. My research focuses on technology and language learning with particular attention to individualized instruction. My research has been published in various journals (CALICO, CALL, Unterrichtspraxis), edited volumes, and I also edited a volume with my colleague Paula Winke. My teaching experience has been varied from language courses, to cultural studies courses, to pedagogy courses, to SLA theory courses. Some of the courses I teach often are: second-year German, Advanced German, Technology and Language Teaching and Learning, Theory and Practice of Teaching Culture, and Program Administration. In addition to teaching and research, I also stay active on my local campus and in national and international professional organizations such as the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), where I served in leadership roles. Currently I am the Second-Year German Coordinator and also the Faculty Coordinator for the Academic Year in Freiburg Program.
Originally from Freiburg, Germany, I started my career in the US after my BA-equivalent (Zwischenpruefung) from Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg in German and English (1997). At Portland State University I worked as second-year German coordinator and Administrative Manager for the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik and completed an MA in TESOL (2001). Thereafter I worked at the University of Arizona as Assistant to the Director of Basic Languages and Graduate Teaching Associate as well as Adjunct ESL Instructor at Pima Community College, while I was completing my Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching with a major in pedagogy and program administration and a minor in German Studies (2006).