I received my Ph.D. from the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. I am currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, I'm also the Executive Director for four faculty-led summer study abroad programs, the Notre Dame Berlin summer program, the International Economics Abroad: Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Krakow program, the German Engineering Program, as well as the newly-established German Immersion Program.
A major focus of my work at Notre Dame is the administration and development of summer study abroad programs that offer global experiences tailored to Notre Dame students from a variety of disciplines. At the core of our four Berlin-based programs is a strong commitment to academic rigor paired with real cultural immersion through community-based service-learning, tutoring, and volunteering opportunities.
My current research focuses on foreign language pedagogy and the scholarship of teaching and learning, with a focus on instructional technology and digital humanities. I’m currently contributing as external editor and content contributor to a beginning German textbook, Impuls Deutsch 1: Intercultural | Interdisciplinary | Interactive, forthcoming in 2019 with Ernst Klett Sprachen (Stuttgart). I also serve on the editorial board of Grenzenlos Deutsch, an online, open-access curriculum for introductory German language and culture courses.
Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, I taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, prior to which I was also on the faculty of the Middlebury College Summer Language Schools, and St. Olaf College. At Duke, I was a member of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge's Pedagogy Group, as well as the founder and co-convener of a foreign language pedagogy reading group. My commitment to excellence in teaching was honored in 2016 with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching by The Graduate School at Duke University, and in 2015 with the Frank Borchadt teaching award by the Duke German Department.
When I am not teaching German, or thinking about my research, I can be found exploring the local culinary scene, hiking the beautiful parks and trails of the Michiana area together with my partner, or watching my favorite German soccer team, Bayern München, win in the Bundesliga.