Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

October 2020

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth  participated in a three-day faculty seminar convened in the context of the 44th annual meeting of the German Studies Association. Via Zoom, the Beyond Umweltschutz:  Narrative and Visual Responses to Environmental Threats seminar brought together 18 environmental humanities scholars from three continents to discuss the research papers they shared with this group earlier this year. Berroth’s contribution, “From Apathy to Empathy: Approaches to Inviting Activism at the Intersections of Science and Storytelling in Werner Herzog’s Documentaries and Ilija Trojanow’s EisTau  (2011)/ The Lamentations of Zeno  (2016),” relates to texts and contexts she teaches in her first-year and advanced-entry  seminar on International Climate Fiction. 

September 2020

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth  published an article commemorating the work of the late Ursula Mahlendorf, an advocate for justice, feminist scholar, and pioneer in connecting psychoanalysis with the study of literary representations, childhood trauma, and creativity. The article appears in Glossen,  a peer-reviewed, bilingual, German–American scholarly journal on literature, art, and culture in German-speaking countries after 1945.

July 2020

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth  published the coauthored article “ Grenzenlos Deutsch : Co-Creating Open Educational Resources through Feminist Collaboration” in Feminist German Studies , published by the University of Nebraska Press. The publication of Feminist German Studies  volume 36, no. 1 marks the first special issue in the history of this journal, on the topic “Collaboration in the Humanities.” Members of the authoring collective are currently refining and expanding the scope of the OER Grenzenlos Deutsch, which supports the teaching and learning of German in hybrid or remote settings around the globe.

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.