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Current Faculty

Professor Elke Nicolai, Associate Professor
Office: Room 1406 Hunter West
Summer 2017 Advising Hours:
Tuesday, August 22nd- 10:00-2:00pm
Wednesday, August 23rd- 10:00-2:00pm
Thursday, August 24th- 3:00-5:00pm
Monday, August 28th- 1:30-3:00pm
Tuesday, August 29th- 12:00-2:00pm
Thursday, August 31st- 1:30-3:00pm
Phone
: (212) 772-4985
E-mail: enicolai@hunter.cuny.edu

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 & Chairperson
Office: Room 1408 Hunter West
Summer 2017 Advising Hours:
Monday, July 24th - 1:00-5:00pm
Tuesday, July 25th- 10:00-2:00pm
Thursday, July 27th 10:00-5:00pm
Phone: (212) 772-5006
Email
: lisa.anderson@hunter.cuny.edu

Note: Professor Lisa Marie Anderson will be on leave in the Fall semester, and Professor Nicolai will be Acting Chair.

Professor Anderson studied at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her PhD in 2004. She taught at Lock Haven University and Duke University before joining the Hunter faculty in 2006. Her research and teaching focus on German literature of the 18th-20th centuries. Her areas of expertise include intersections between literature and religion, World War One and German pacifism, and translation studies. Her book German Expressionism and the Messianism of a Generation was published by Rodopi in 2011; other writings on messianism have appeared in journals and edited volumes. She has written about the role of World War One in the work of two German-Jewish writers, Margarete Susman and Ernst Toller. She is the editor of two books about Johann Georg Hamann, Hegel on Hamann (2008) and Hamann and the Tradition (2012). She has translated the Expressionist poet Elke Lasker-Schüler and the contemporary philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, and is currently working on a translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Early Poems. Her next project will take up the German novella as developed and contested by Goethe and Kleist. Professor Anderson is also a co-founder of Hunter’s Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT). Her students have developed a number of web resources, including http://kafkapedia.wikispaces.com.

 

Professor Eckhard Kuhn-Osius, Associate Professor
Office: Room 1404 Hunter West
Summer 2017 Advising Hours:
Monday, August 28th- 11:00-2:00pm
Thursday, August 31st- 11:00-2:00pm
Phone: (212)772-5068
E-mail
: ekuhnos@hunter.cuny.edu

 

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, Distinguished Lecturer
Office
: Room 1407 Hunter West
Phone:
(212)772-4274
Email
: azimm@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

Dr. Zimmerman received her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati, with a dissertation on German-Jewish love stories in literature and film after the Holocaust. She teaches a course on this topic, as well as German language, literature and culture courses at all levels in the Hunter German department. She studied German at the University of Washington and the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, and has taught Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. She has aspecial interest in pedagogy and technology, and designed and authored the e-textbook currently used in the third year German Composition and Conversation courses. She is also an active professional translator.

 

 


Emerita

 

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, Professor Emerita
E-mail: akym@hunter.cuny.edu

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.

 

lizLiz Zoiner, German Department Assistant
Office:
1405 Hunter West
Summer 2017 Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm
Note: Starting the week of June 25th, the office will be closed on Friday's from June 30th-August 11th.

Phone: 212-772-4980
Email:
zoiner@genectr.hunter.cuny.edu

 

 



Adjunct Faculty

 


Karin Beckett
Office:
1439 Hunter West
kbeckett@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

Hillary K. Strohmeier
Office:
1439 Hunter West
Summer 2017 Office Hours:
By appointment Only.

hs61@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

 

Nina Merolle
Office:
1439 Hunter West
nmerolle@hunter.cuny.edu

 


Ioana Wicker
Office:
1439 Hunter West
iw50@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Koch
Office:
1439 Hunter West
dk.hunter.cuny@gmail.com

 

 

Judith Fiedler
Office:
1439 Hunter West
jfiedler@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

Waltraud Raninger
Office:
1439 Hunter West
Email: w106@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

Sonja Du Bey
Office:
1439 Hunter West
Email: sdubey@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

Anne-Katrin Office: 1439 Hunter West
Summer 2017 Office hours: 
By appointment Only.

atitze@hunter.cuny.edu

 

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