PhD, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2006

MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2001

Zwischenprüfung (BA), Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, Germany, 1997



2006-present: Assistant/Associate Professor of Second Langauge Studies and German, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

2013-2014 & 2017-2018: Resident Director, Academic Year in Freiburg Program, Freiburg, Germany

2005-2006: Adjunct Instructor of English as a Second Language, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

2001-2006: Graduate Teaching Associate of German/Assistant to the Director of Basic Languages in German, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2000-2001 & 2006: Instructor & Administrative Manager, Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik, Portland, OR

1997-2001: Graduate Teaching Assistant/Adjunct Instructor of German, Portland State University, Portland, OR




Goertler, S. & McEwen, K. (forthcoming). Closing the GAP for Generation Study Abroad: Achieving goals, improving articulation, and increasing participation. ADFL Bulletin.

Goertler, S., Schenker, T., Brunsmeier, S., & Lesoski, C. (2018). Assessing language and intercultural learning during telecollaboration. In: S. Link & J. Li (Eds.). Assessment across online language education. pp. 21-48. Sheffield, England: Equinox.

Goertler, S., Kraemer, A., & Schenker, T. (2016). Setting evidence-based language goals. Foreign Language Annals, 49(3), 434-454.

Goertler, S. (2015). Study abroad and technology: friend or enemy? Foreign Language Teaching Magazine, July 2015.

Goertler, S., Bollen, M., Gaff, J. (2012). Students’ readiness for and attitudes toward hybrid foreign language instruction: Multiple perspectives. CALICO Journal, 29(2), 297-320.

Goertler, S. (2012). Theoretical and empirical foundations for blended language learning. In: F. Rubio & J. Thoms (Eds.), Hybrid language teaching and learning: Exploring theoretical, pedagogical, and curricular issues. (pp.27-49). Boston: Cengage/Heinle.

Goertler, S. (2011). Blended and open/online learning: Adapting to a changing world of foreign language teaching. In: N. Arnold & L. Ducate (Eds.), Present and future promises of CALL: From theory and research to new directions in language teaching. (pp. 471-502). CALICO: San Marcos, TX.

Goertler, S. (2011). For a smoother blend: Lessons learned from blended instruction. In: S. Huffman & V. Hegelheimer (Eds.), The role of CALL in hybrid and online language courses. Iowa State University: Ames, IA. Available at:

Winke, P., Goertler, S., & Amuzie, G.L. (2010). Commonly-taught and less-commonly-taught language learners: Are they equally prepared for CALL and online language learning? Computer Assisted Language Learning, 23(3), 199-219.

Goertler, S. (2009). Using computer-mediated communication in language teaching. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 42(1), 74-84.

Goertler, S. (2009). Hybridizing the curriculum: Needs, benefits, challenges, and attitudes. In: J. Oxford & R. Oxford (Eds.), Second language teaching and learning in the N-generation. (pp. 53-64). National Foreign Language Research Center: Manoa, Hawaii.

Goertler, S. (2009). Rent an American: Putting cultural perspectives to task. In: L. Stone & C. Wilson-Duffy (Eds.), Task-based III: Expanding the range of tasks through the web. (pp. 176-199). International Association for Language Learning Technology.

Winke, P. & Goertler, S. (2008). Did we forget someone? Students’ computer access and literacy for CALL. CALICO Journal, 25(3), 482-509.

Goertler, S. & Winke, P. (Eds.) (2008). Opening Doors through Distance Education: Principles, Perspectives, and Practices. CALICO Monograph Series Volume 7. CALICO: San Marcos, TX.

Winke, P. & Goertler, S. (2008). An introduction to distance language learning. In: S. Goertler & P. Winke (Eds.), Opening doors through distance education: Principles, perspectives, and practices. CALICO Monograph Series Volume 7. (pp. 1-10). CALICO: San Marcos, TX.

Goertler, S. & Winke, P. (2008). The effectiveness of technology-enhanced foreign language teaching. In: S. Goertler & P. Winke (Eds.), Opening doors through distance education: Principles, perspectives, and practices. CALICO Monograph Series Volume 7. (pp. 233-260). CALICO: San Marcos, TX.

Goertler, S. & Kraemer, A. (2008). Raising global citizens through childhood language programs. In: P. S. Whitten, J. L. Bokemeier, & H. E. Fitzgerald (Eds.), New directions in family research at Michigan State University. (pp.103-110). Family Research Initiative, Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI.


Invited presentations and keynotes

  • Goertler, S. (June, 2018). Top 10 tech tools for language teaching. Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Goertler, S. (March, 2018). Aber ja aber nein. Deutsch-englische Unterschiede. Freiburg-Madison Gesellschaft, Freiburg, Germany.
  • Goertler, S. (February, 2016). From the virtual world to the real world and back: Technology and study abroad. Plenary address at SLAT Roundtable, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Goertler, S. (February, 2016). Alle guten Dinge sind drei – using three technology-mediated task types to develop content knowledge, academic skills, and language proficiency. German Studies Colloquium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Goertler, S. (April, 2015). Technology and study abroad: helping or hindering language learning during study abroad. Keynote address at Purdue University Graduate Student Conference on Second Language Acquisition. West Lafayette, IA.
  • Goertler, S. & Lesoski, C. (March, 2014). Fremdsprachenunterricht und Multilingualität in Deutschland und den USA. Freiburg-Madison Gesellschaft, Freiburg, Germany.
  • Goertler, S. (December, 2013). American perspectives on teaching culture. Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. 

Conference presentations

  • Goertler, S. (November, 2018). Cross-cultural partnerships online and in person. ACTFL Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Cunningham, J., Goertler, S., Schenker, T. & Zink, F. (November 2018). Exploring participant configuration in virtual cross-cultural exchanges. ACTFL Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Goertler, S., Brunsmeier, S., Lesoski, C., & Schenker, T. (May, 2017). Assessing telecollaboration. CALICO Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Goertler, S., Brunsmeier, S., & Lesoski, C. (May, 2017). Did we learn the lessons? Telecollaboration 2.0. CALICO Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Gacs, A. & Goertler, S. (November, 2016). Works with my schedule, but does it work for me? Online vs. F2F German courses. ACTFL Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Gacs, A., Goertler, S., Lesoski, C., McEwen, K., VonPetersdorff, A., & Wolff, L. (November, 2016). Articulation and collaboration: Creating a continuum of learning. ACTFL Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Brunsmeier, S., Goertler, S. & Lesoski, C. (May, 2016). Some but different – developing both intercultural communicative competence and content knowledge. CALICO Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Goertler, S., Gacs, A., McEwen, K., VonPetersdorff, A., & Wolff, L. (May, 2016). Virtually there – don’t be afraid to study abroad. CALICO Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Goertler, S. (May, 2016). Oh the places you’ll go! Career options in language and technology. CALICO Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Brunsmeier, S., Goertler, S., & Lesoski, C. (April, 2016). Learning through and within telecollaboration: participation, reflection, and analysis. Second International Conference on Telecollaboration in Higher Education. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Goertler, S. (November, 2015). Maximizing language learning abroad and at home. ACTFL Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Goertler, S. (May, 2015). Mirror, mirror on the wall! – Awareness raising activities for culture and language development. Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, Boulder, CO.

Recent Awards and Grants for Research

2016: College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Initiative ($1,000)

2016: Humanities Without Walls Seed Funds with Katie McEwen, Adam Gacs, and Charlotte Melin ($2,000)

2008 – 2010: Innovation Grant together with Angelika Kraemer, Families and Communities Together (FACT), Michigan State University ($25,000)

2008: Outstanding Article of the Year Award together with Paula Winke, Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)



 Courses taught

  • Language courses: First Year German, Second Year German, Third Year German, Advanced German, German for Reading Knowledge, German Grammar, Applied Linguistics for Learners of German, Intercultural Competence for Interns in Germany, Intermediate ESL, Advanced ESL, ESL Speaking, ESL Writing, ESL in the Workplace for Housekeepers, Computer Literacy for ESL Learners
  • Pedagogy courses: Teaching Methods, Teaching Culture, Technology and Language Teaching, Language Program Development and Administration, Language Assessment
  • SLA courses: Second Language Acquisition, Introduction to Applied Linguistics for Study Abroad

Recent Workshops

  • Cabanas, M., Goertler, S., & Wagner, S. (November, 2016). Strategies for teaching in the post-election climate. Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, MSU.
  • Goertler, S. (September, 2016). Improving study abroad before, during, and after abroad experiences. Center for Language Teaching Advancement, MSU.
  • Goertler, S. (March, 2016). Pedagogically sound and sane distance education for LCTLs. Workshop on Sustainable Partnerships for Latin American LCTLs through Distance Learning. Nashville, TN.
  • Goertler S. (November, 2014). Technology and language teaching. LLT 861. Michigan State University.


Recent Awards, Grants, and Recognition for Teaching

  • 2015: The ACTFL/Cengage Learning Faculty Development Programs Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology
  • 2011: Nominated as Learning Leader by Residence Life, Michigan State University



 Professional Service:

  • 2014-present: Technology Advisory Board, Cengage Publishing
  • 2014-present: Nomination Committee, Computer-assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
  • 2014- 2017: AP Syllabus Reviewer
  • 2012-2013: Program Co-Chair, Computer-assisted Language Instruction Annual Conference
  • 2012-2013: Past President, Computer-assisted Language Instruction Consortium

Advising & Mentoring

  • German Capstones: Tony Alfonsi. (2018), Jake Braun. (2018), Kaitlyn Conway. (2018), Kayla Draheim. (2018), Hannah Dunstan. (2018), Daniel Geoffrey. (2018), Nate Graham. (2018), Kelci Henson-Forslund. (2018), Justin Hess. (2018), Aimee Marana. (2018), Daniel Nemeth. (2018), Chris Cooke. (2017), Meghan Turske. (2017), Ross Knopp. (2016), Brooke Rupprecht. (2016), Marie Siegel. (2016), Stephanie Young. (2016), Jarryd Calhoun. (2016), Jessica Meadows. (2016), Kathleen Kinnie. (2015), Eric Halama. (2014), JJ Sheets. (2014), Sophia Cheng. (2014), Carly Lesoski. (2013), Benjamin Wheaton. (2010), Emily Burwinkle. (2010), Azra Salihovic. (2009), Erika Schmidt. (2009), Jessica Whitehurst. (2009)
  • German Studies MA: Kristin Nahorodny. (Committee Member), Chad Bousley. (2016 – Committee Member), Kate Kithil. Teaching multicultural Germany online. (2014 – Committee Chair), Kylia Kelley. Revisiting the German placement exam. (2012 – Committee Chair), Daniel Walters. (2011 – Committee Member)
  • German Studies PhD: Carly Lesoski (writing dissertation – Committee Chair), Susan Hojnacki (revising dissertation – Committee Chair), Theresa Schenker. The development of intercultural competence and language skills through a virtual exchange. (2012 – Committee Chair), Angelika Kraemer. (2008 – Committee Member)
  • MA TESOL: Chad Bousley. (2018 – Secondary Reader), Alyssa Chamberlain. Synchronous computer-mediated collaborative writing in the ESL classroom. (2010 – Primary Reader), Kristin Ekkens. (2007 – Secondary Reader)
  • Second Language Studies Ph.D.: Caitlin Cornell. (Completing course-work – Committee Member), Matthew Kessler (Completing course-work – Committee Member), Jeff Maloney. Fulbright FLTA CALL beliefs and knowledge: The role of context. (2018 – Committee Chair), Jessica Fox. (Guidance Committee Member), Elizabeth Lavolette. Effects of feedback timing and type on learning ESL grammar rules. (2014 – Committee Co-Chair), Nobuhiro Kamiya. (2012 – Committee Member), Emma Trentman. (2012 – Committee Member), Tetyana Sydorenko.  (2011 – Committee Member), Hyewon Lee. (Guidance Committee Chair)
  • Other:  Naiyi Xie Fincham. (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Michigan State University, 2015 – Committee Member), Fiona Zink. (2018, Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe – Committee Member).

Coordination and Organization

  • 2014-2017 & 2018-present: Coordinator, Second-Year German
  • 2011-2017 & 2018-present: Faculty Coordinator, Academic Year in Freiburg
  • Spring 2015: Organizer, German Symposium
  • 2013-2014: Resident Director, Academic Year in Freiburg
  • Summer 2012: Graduate Student Abroad Experience and Project Leader
  • Spring 2012: German Studies Digital Gaming Speaker Series Coordinator 

University/College/Unit Committees

  • 2016-2019: University Student-Faculty-Staff Hearing Board
  • 2016-present: University Committee on International Studies and Programs
  • 2015-2018: HARP Review Committee
  • 2016-2017: Department Advisory Committee
  • 2016-2017: German Unit Section Convener
  • 2014-2015: Admissions Committee, Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program
  • 2008 – 2015: Admissions Committee, German Graduate Programs
  • 2012 – 2013: Technology Advisory Board, Center for Language Teaching Advancement


  • 2016: Green Germany Roundtable, Co-organizer with Katie McEwen
  • 2014-present: Germany Embassy Project Competition, Coordinator: 2014: Walls; 2015: Unity; 2016: Green Germany
  • 2007 – 2009; 2015 – present: World Languages Day, Presenter: Michigan State University
  • 2015, 2016: Grand Parents University, Presenter: Michigan State University
  • 2006-2009: Community Language School, Volunteer: Michigan State University

Service Awards and Grants

  • 2016: Green Germany, Campus Week Grants on the theme of Germany Meets together with Katie McEwen, German Embassy ($5,550)