German Department Faculty
Professor Elke Nicolai, Associate Professor & Chairperson
Office: Room 1406 Hunter West
Office Hours: Monday-6:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday-10:00am-12:00pm, Wednesday- 2:30pm-3:30pm and by appointment.
Phone: (212) 772-4985
Dr. Nicolai holds her Ph.D. from the "Universität -Gh- Siegen", Siegen/Germany. Dr. Nicolai has published a book on Klaus Mann and his literary contemporaries in the mid-twenties and early thirties; a bibliography of the international literature of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), that also came out in book form, as well as articles and reviews on the Weimar Republic, Exile Literature and Contemporary German literature. Dr. Nicolai's research and teaching focuses on literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. In Germany, she prepared students for the "Mittelstufenprüfung" given by the Goethe Institute and the German proficiency exam for admission to German universities. She currently serves as the test site coordinator for these exams at Hunter College. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the German Studies Association, and the Women in German Association.
Professor Lisa Marie Anderson, Associate Professor
Office: Room 1408 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-5006
Professor Anderson received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, and also studied German at Rutgers University and Universität Konstanz, Germany. She has published book chapters and articles about the role of religious discourse in German-language literature and philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her book, German Expressionism and the Messianism of a Generation, appeared in 2011 with Editions Rodopi. Her German-English translations have appeared in the journals Translation and the Journal of Nietzsche Studies. Professor Anderson is the translator and editor of an essay by GWF Hegel (Hegel on Hamann, Northwestern UP 2008), and the editor of Hamann and the Tradition, forthcoming in 2012 with Northwestern UP. A certified oral proficiency tester, she enjoys teaching German language, literature, history, and culture at all levels.
Professor Eckhard Kuhn-Osius, Associate Professor
Office: Room 1404 Hunter West
Raised and partially trained in Germany, Prof. Kuhn-Osius received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a dissertation on the topic of what we mean if we say that we understand a literary text. His literary interests include 18th-century enlightenment literature, Goethe, and the 20th century up to the present. Special areas of concentration include, but are not limited to, Goethe's Faust, the literary reaction to World War I, and the works of Heinrich Boell. He has published over thirty articles and reviews on literary and pedagogical topics. Professor Kuhn-Osius has a strong interest in teaching German at all levels from the beginning to the Ph.D. level. He has special expertise and interest in teaching German language to very advanced learners and is also the main author of a three-volume series of introductory textbooks which are currently used and/or tested at various colleges in CUNY. Professor Kuhn-Osius participated in the work on several grants from the NEH to improve language and literature teaching. In the work on these grants he has received training and certification as an oral proficiency tester. He also has been serving as Chair of the AATG Testing Commission for many years with the primary responsibility for preparing the annual national German tests administered in high schools throughout the USA. Prof. Kuhn-Osius is fascinated by the processes of inter cultural communication. For this reason he stays in close contact with current developments in German life and society. He has served in various study abroad capacities and is director of the Hunter summer program in Germany.
Professor Aine Zimmerman, Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Room 1437 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-4274
Dr. Aine Zimmerman received her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati (2008), and her Masters in German Literature from the University of Washington (2000). She has previously taught Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) and English at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, and was full-time visiting faculty at Allegheny College and Miami University while completing her Ph.D. She has taught German language and culture courses at all undergraduate levels, as well as designed syllabi for upper-level literature courses. Her academic interests include contemporary German literature and film, German-Jewish relations, gender studies, and transcultural literature. Recent publications include book reviews for H-Net and a translation of an article in the edited volume Writing the New Berlin. She is currently working on her own article based on her dissertation, “Estranged Bedfellows: German-Jewish Love Stories in Contemporary Literature and Film.”
Professor Dorothy James, Professor Emerita
Professor James received her Ph.D. in German from the University of London, U.K. She has also studied in Munich and Vienna. She was a professor of German at Hunter College for 20 years, and chair of the German Department for fifteen years. She was also a member of the faculty at the Graduate School, CUNY. She has written books on nineteenth century German drama ( Raimund and Vienna, Cambridge University Press, 1970, Georg Bü chner's Dantons Tod (Modern Humanities Research Association, 1982.) She also edited Patterns of Change, German Drama and the European Tradition, Peter Lang, 1990. Since the early eighties, she has been active in the movement to introduce proficiency-based foreign language teaching into the college and high school curriculum, and was trained as a tester of oral proficiency on the ACTFL model in 1983, and as a trainer of testing in 1985. She headed the NEH funded Hunter College project to institute a proficiency-based curriculum in an urban university. She was also Project Director of the NEH-funded Project at CUNY: "A Model Curriculum in German: From Zero Knowledge to Ph.D. orals" (1994-1997). She has published on institutional context as well as teaching procedures. She was President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (1990), Interim Director of Foreign Languages at the Modern Language Association, and Editor of the ADFL Bulletin (1990-91), Chair of the MLA Advisory Committee on Foreign Languages and Literatures (1995-6). She has received awards from NYSAFLT (1989) and the Northeast Conference (1993) and received the first ADFL Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession in 1994.
Professor Annette Kym, Associate Professor Emerita
Dr. Kym holds her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She has published a book on Hesse's role as a Critic, and numerous articles on pedagogical topics. She is certified as an oral proficiency tester. She served as a mentor in the project "Spreading the Word: Improving Foreign Language Instruction in Colleges and Universities," organized by ACE, funded by NEH. Dr. Kym's literature teaching focuses on Swiss literature, East German literature and women in German literature. She has also taught courses on German for business and economics. Together with other faculty members, she prepares students for the various language examinations given by the Goethe Institutes world wide. Dr. Kym has developed distance learning courses on interactive television as well as on-line courses for which she received several grants. Dr. Kym was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers and the Presidential Award for Excellence for Teaching by Hunter College. Professor Kym will be on travia leave in the Spring 2010.
Hillary K. Strohmeier