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Seminar for College Faculty

Program Building through Curricular Reform, Co-Curricular Enhancement, and Inclusion

AATG 3-Day Seminar for College Faculty

October 2527, 2019

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN


About the Seminar

The American Association of Teachers of German is hosting a three-day seminar for faculty working in small, undergraduate German programs (three or fewer full-time instructors). This seminar will guide 25 AATG members from small undergraduate German departments in the US in developing action plans to strengthen their programs through curricular revision, recruitment and retention strategies, enhancement of co-curricular offerings, building relationships with multiple stakeholders both on and off campus, and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

The seminar will be devoted to curricular reform—focusing both on literacy-based foreign language pedagogy and diversifying the German curriculum. Facilitators will lead participants on day one through a discussion of the models for a multi-literacies-based approach to curricular reform and present an overview of the articulated, curricular reform at Franklin and Marshall College. They will introduce best practices for working toward a “decolonialized” German curriculum, considering how to deploy even potentially problematic canonical texts and authentic materials to work as part of an increasingly diversified curriculum. Discussion will address how particular texts and materials in a literacy-based curriculum could help students explore ideas of what is “German.”

Day two of the seminar will focus on aspects of German programming extending beyond the curriculum. Using Valparaiso University’s German program as an example, participants will receive a comprehensive overview of the student experience beyond the classroom, ranging from students’ first awareness of the program while in high school to their roles as alumni. A behind-the-scenes view of essential relationship building with numerous stakeholders who have enabled the growth and maintenance of Valparaiso’s German program will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to explore opportunities and challenges around developing co-curricular offerings in their own institutional contexts. The afternoon will focus on efforts at Sam Houston State University to create an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse German program that appeals to students from demographic groups who have been historically under-represented in the study of German. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore the possibility of implementing the strategies discussed in their own programs.

During the seminar, participants will work on action plans for implementation at their own institutions, focusing on curricular reform, co-curricular offerings, relationship building, and inclusion. On the final day, they will present their action plans with time allotted for discussion of strategies to address possible hurdles in implementing their plans. 

Meet the Facilitators

Jennifer Redmann is Professor of German at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She brings to the seminar insights from successful curricular reform work at three small liberal arts colleges over the last twenty years. She has published articles in Die Unterrichtspraxis, Foreign Language Annals, and German Quarterly and is co-author (with Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim) of Schreiben lernen: A Writing Guide for Learners of German (Yale UP, 2012), which will appear in a second edition in 2021. Her co-authored article with Kathryn Sederberg, “The First World War in the Literacy-Focused Classroom: Teaching German through Cultural Themes,” received an AATG award for Best Article published in Die Unterrichtspraxis in 2017. She is former Chief Reader and member of the test development committee for the Advanced Placement German Language and Culture Exam. She is currently working on a book project entitled Girls Reading the Great War: German and Anglo-American Literature for Young Women, 1914-1920.


Ervin Malakaj is Assistant Professor of German Studies and affiliate faculty in the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to his post at UBC, he was Assistant Professor of German and German Program Coordinator at Sam Houston State University. He is co-founder of the scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonization, and the German Curriculum,” which has hosted two biennial conferences (with a third conference underway) and has facilitated a number of discussion forums. With Regine Criser, he co-edited the forthcoming volume Diversity, Decolonization, and German Studies. They also co-edit the DDGC Blog. Ervin served as chair of the ACTFL Small Undergraduate German Programs SIG and served as AATG Testing Chair for the Houston Chapter. His research focuses on German media history, German queer studies, and German film studies. With Vance Byrd he is co-editing a forthcoming volume, Writing for the German Literary Market in the Long Nineteenth Century


Timothy B. Malchow is Associate Professor and heads the German section in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Valparaiso University. He teaches at all levels in his university’s exclusively undergraduate German program, which the AATG designated a German Center of Excellence in 2012. He serves as Vice-President of the AATG Indiana Chapter. He is a former President of the Eta of Indiana Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and served for two years as Resident Director of the Valparaiso University Study Center in Reutlingen, Germany. He is committed to making liberal arts education, including in-depth study of language and culture, accessible and interesting to undergraduates pursuing diverse academic and professional goals. His research and publications explore memory and identity in postwar and contemporary German-language literature and film, and his current book project examines gendered modes of memory in the works of Günter Grass.

Financial Support

This seminar is made possible through funding from the Sonderprogramm zur Förderung von Deutsch in USA sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC. The funding supports seminar costs including meals and accommodations provided in double rooms at the Country Inn and Suites, 2020 Laporte Avenue. Single rooms are available at a rate of $85 plus tax per night. Participants are encouraged to seek travel support from their institution. 

Attending the Seminar

The seminar is limited to 25 AATG members from small German programs (i.e. those with three or fewer faculty). Preference will be given to applications from programs that are considering curricular reform. Participation of two faculty members from the same institution is encouraged.



To apply, please complete the online application form available here.


Deadline for Application

The deadline for application has passed  (was July 31, 2019)

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