Center of Excellence!

The American Association of Teachers of German designated us a Center of Excellence! We are very excited and I am so grateful for all that contribute every day to our accomplishments: wonderful students and staff as well as our connections in other units. Thank you for all of your hard work! Read more here in MSU Today and at the AATG website.


We are hiring!

Education Technology in Foreign Languages Position


The Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks to hire an Academic Specialist for curriculum to assist with the development of hybrid and online language courses. This position will begin August 16, 2013 and is for a two-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.


Minimal requirements include at least two years¹ experience teaching language in a post-secondary setting, a strong background in computer-assisted language learning, and proven experience in developing and teaching hybrid/online language courses and/or other technology-related experiences. A strong candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of using new technologies to support teaching and learning at the university level and experience producing high-quality audio and video for teaching and learning. In addition, the applicant should be conversant with learning in online environments and learning outcomes, and familiar with learning theories and their practical application. The candidate should have at least an MA degree in Applied Linguistics or Educational Technology, or in a related field. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in teaching Chinese, German, Russian, or English as Second/Foreign Language, as well as to candidates who have experience working with one or more major learning management systems (especiallyDesire2Learn).


The candidate¹s responsibilities will include working with language teaching faculty, in consultation with the College Technology Office, to incorporate technological innovations into their classroom teaching and/or developing hybrid and online language courses through faculty training, collaboration, and assistance in course development. Teaching language courses may also be included in the responsibilities. In addition, the individual will contribute to efforts on the part of CeLTA and the College to obtain technology-based grants to support the teaching mission of the College.


Applications must be submitted electronically via the MSU Human Resources website, Posting: 7212. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing relevant experience, a current CV, samples of materials developed for an online environment, and the names and email addresses of two referees who will be contacted automatically by email for their letter of recommendation.


Review of applications will begin February 4, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.


For more information contact the search committee chair, Dr. Thomas Lovik (, 517-353-0740), Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-331 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.


Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.


MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Center of Excellence

Today my colleagues, students, and I received wonderful news from the American Association of Teachers of German. We have been selected as one of the two Centers of Excellence in German this year. “It is my great pleasure to inform you that Michigan State University’s German Program has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German. After carefully reviewing the applications of numerous college and university German programs, the jurors found Michigan State University’s programming excellent in every category. Your program is one of two recipients of this high distinction this year. ”

Thank you to all who have contributed on putting the application together. Most of all thank you all for being just wonderful. At the Modern Language Association last week, I received so many compliments for our German program at MSU from people who knew me, and others. It is so nice to see that all the great work our team and our students are doing here is being valued. Thank you, AATG.