Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

April 2020

  • Double major in German and physics Claire Harding ’20 earned a prestigious Fulbright Award. The nationally competitive Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship will take Harding to Germany, where she will integrate hands-on science learning with lessons in American cultures and the English language. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in secondary schools or universities overseas, improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the U.S. while increasing the U.S. student’s own language proficiency and knowledge of the host country. ETAs also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Harding’s teacher and mentor, Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth, deeply appreciates Harding’s contributions to the German program as a tutor and member of the leadership team of the German Club.

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth accepted an invitation issued by Priscilla Layne, president of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), to speak at the AATG-sponsored roundtable at the 2021 Modern Language Association conference in Toronto, Canada. The conference theme is Persistence. The roundtable addresses networking strategies in small programs. The panelists on this roundtable come from a variety of institutions, from large public state schools to small liberal-arts colleges. Berroth looks forward to representing small language programs at Southwestern University on this panel.

March 2020

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a materials grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD. Materials enriching the teaching and learning of German at SU include a curated collection of literary works published in 2019 and a collection of German classics adapted for beginning learners.

February 2020

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth gave an invited presentation at the Northeast Conference on Teaching Foreign Languages, February 13–15, in New York, NY. Her talk connected to the conference theme “Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner” and focused on increasing inclusion through networking. The presentation was sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German.

December 2019

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth was honored with the Outstanding German Educator Award, her profession’s most prestigious form of recognition, at the 2019 Awards Ceremony of the American Association of Teachers of German, in Washington, DC. On November 24, 2019, members and leaders of the profession, as well as representatives of the Goethe Institut, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), and the Consulates of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, joined in celebrating the awardees’ achievements.

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth accepted the invitation from Goethe-Institut Washington, DC, to participate in strategic planning for the rollout of two major projects codeveloped with the American Association of Teachers of German and designed to strengthen education in German language and cultures in the U.S. The two initiatives, SPARK and “Our Sustainable Future,” will engage teachers and learners across institutions and aim to open doors to language learning, especially for young audiences. Members of the leadership team of educators based in Germany and the U.S. met at the Goethe-Institut, December 4–6, 2019.

November 2019

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth participated in the inaugural conference to launch an innovative joint initiative by the Goethe Institut and the American Association of Teachers of German. The invited participants met on November 24, 2019, at the Goethe Institut, in Washington, DC, to develop strategies for Spark for German: Strukturiertes Programm zum Aufbau von Ressourcen und Kompetenzen für den DaF-Unterricht in den USA (a structured program to build resources and skills for German-language teaching in the U.S.).

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth  gave two presentations at the annual convention and world languages exposition of the American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages, ACTFL, and the American Association of Teacher of German, AATG, in Washington, DC, November 23–24, 2019. This global event brings together more than 8,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. Berroth presented on amplifying “ Grenzenlos Deutsch (German without Barriers) ,” her coauthored open educational resource; on teaching sustainability topics; and on using current authentic resources for teaching about rassismuskritische Bildungsarbeit  (antiracism education in Germany).

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth served as a road scholar, engaging members of the Washington, DC, Southwestern University Alumni Association on topics of international climate fiction, curricular developments, and the value of languages and cultures in liberal-arts education. Members enjoyed meeting at Washington’s Café Mozart on November 22, 2019.

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth participated in the inaugural meeting of the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion convened by the president of the American Association of Teachers of German, in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2019. The task force aims to sustain professional-development programming and materials development to increase and support diversity, inclusion, and social justice across institutions and stakeholders involved in German education.

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth  presented on “ Grenzenlos Deutsch  (German without Barriers),” her collaborative Digital Humanities Advancement Grant project supported by competitive funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, at the November 2019 German Academic Exchange Service, or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), faculty-development seminar in Berlin, Germany. The seminar focused on artificial intelligence and digital media in the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. Participation was competitive and brought together 23 of the cohort of 800 select German educators actively engaged in amplifying the DAAD mission worldwide. The seminar participants came from Argentina, Chile, China, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Canada, Malaysia, Paraguay, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, the U.K., Hungary, Australia, and the U.S. The DAAD promotes international networking, collaboration, and the exchange of expertise between Germany and other countries.

October 2019

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth participated in a faculty seminar at the German Studies Association Conference in Portland, OR, in October 2019. The seminar was held over three days and brought together an interdisciplinary group of academics workshopping their contributions to the seminar theme of (De)Constructing Identities through Mobilities. Participants shared their research papers with the group of 17 scholars during the summer, provided peer review for two articles, responded to this peer review during their presentations at the seminar, and engaged in further discussions. An edited volume of peer-reviewed contributions is emerging. Berroth’s research paper is titled “Marica Bodrožić: Ecopoetics of Resilience in Transnational Identity Narratives.”

September 2019

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth serves as president of the South Texas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). The South Texas chapter hosted the annual meeting of the three Texas AATG chapters in Temple, TX, in September 2019. The chapter received AATG funding for a workshop on developing escape-room scenarios with German-culture themes.  Berroth coorganized the conference and presented two papers, one on best practices in connecting German and environmental studies, the other on her collaboration on Grenzenlos Deutsch, an open-access curriculum for beginning German.

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned the 2019 Outstanding German Educator Award. With this prestigious national award, the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) recognizes one postsecondary educator annually for excellence in teaching, innovation, extraordinary talent, and exceptional leadership in the German teaching profession. Berroth will be honored during the AATG Awards Presentation at the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages Convention and World Languages Expo in Washington, DC, in November 2019. A nominee’s dossier documents five or more years of demonstrated excellence in German education; active membership in the local AATG chapter; creative leadership in German language education; impact in local, state, or national arenas; and continued growth as a German educator. Current and former students and colleagues nationwide collaborated on submitting letters in support of Berroth’s nomination.

August 2019

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented her research paper “Felicitas Hoppe’s Pigafetta: Pluri-Worlds and Vibrant Matter” on the ecological interconnectedness of the Pacific at the 22nd General Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, ACLA. Title Literature of the World and the Future of Comparative Literature, the conference was held July 29–August 2, 2019, at the University of Macau, Macau SAR, China. Berroth’s presentation contributed to subtheme 4: The Multiple Histories of Comparative Literature; Pacific Insularity: Imaginary Geography of Insular Spaces in the Pacific. Postcolonial critiques of colonial master narratives and approaches to alternative constructions of insularity beyond the dominant Western traditions were essential tasks of speakers contributing to this section.

July 2019

  • Supported by a Sam Taylor Fellowship, Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth conducted an interview with Christian Stocker, representative of the SILVIVA foundation, and visited the Sihlwald nature education center in Zürich, Switzerland. The interview and site visit will inform units on nature education and sustainability to be published for the NEH sponsored digital humanities project, our co-authored open access curriculum Grenzenlos Deutsch.