I am an Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and German at Michigan State University. My research focuses on technology-mediated language learning and teaching and study abroad. My teaching experience has been varied from language courses, to cultural studies courses, to pedagogy courses, to SLA theory courses. Students often refer to me as “the study abroad lady” as I am the Second-Year German Coordinator and also the Faculty Coordinator for the Academic Year in Freiburg Program.
Over the course of my career, I have enjoyed and observing and researching language learning and learning in general in a variety of contexts (immersion programs in the US, study abroad, community college, university, K-12, community outreach, etc.). It is a pleasure to watch people grow, whether it is an undergraduate student during a year-long study abroad program or a graduate student on their path to the PhinisheD line.
Outside of my professional identity, I am a Schwarzwaldmädel, who tries to balance motherhood and professorhood, while also staying sane. Yoga, running, and my husband and family are large contributing factors to my sanity.