Curriculum Vitae

 

VIRGINIA L. LEWIS, Ph.D.

 

Department of Languages, Literature and Speech Communication
Tech Center 248
Northern State University
1200 S. Jay Street
Aberdeen SD 57401
(605)626-7696
ginny.lewis@northern.edu

http://www3.northern.edu/virginia.lewis/GLFacWebpage/

 

EDUCATION

 

1983-1989       UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

1989                Ph.D. in Modern German Literature

Dissertation: “The Arsonist in Literature: A Thematic Approach to the Role of Crime in German Prose from 1850-1900.” Horst S. Daemmrich, Director

1986                M.A. in German Literature

1987-1988       UNIVERSITÄT HAMBURG

DAAD Fellow: Doctoral research on crime, literature, and society in 19th-century Germany. Advisors: Jörg Schönert, Joachim Linder

2007-08           SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY

                        Graduate Professional Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

1977-1983       AUBURN UNIVERSITY

                        1981-1983 Graduate work in French Literature, completion of German major

                        1981 B.A. with Highest Honors in French and Art History

                        Rome ‘81 Italian Summer Program in Art History

1979-1980       UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS, ÉCOLE NORMALE DE MUSIQUE

                        Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France

1978-1979       UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

                        Recipient of two Diplomes d'Honneur from the French Department

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2012-date        Chair, Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication Studies, Northern State University

2009-date        Associate Professor of German, Northern State University

                        Member, Graduate Faculty

2005-2009       Assistant Professor of German, Northern State University

2004-2005       Assistant Professor of German, Lycoming College

2001-2004       Visiting Associate Professor of German, University of Missouri-Columbia

                        Coordinator, Elementary German Program

                        Member, Graduate Faculty

1995-2001       Associate Professor of German, Drake University

1989-1995       Assistant Professor of German, Drake University

1990-1992 Study Abroad Advisor 

1988-1989       Lecturer in German, University of Pennsylvania

                        Coordinator, Beginning German Program

1985-1987       Teaching Fellow in German, University of Pennsylvania

                        1986-1987 Writing Across the University Fellow

1983                Teaching Assistant in French and German, Auburn University

 

COURSES TAUGHT

 

Graduate Courses:

            The Medieval German Epic

            German Internship and Methods (seminar in language pedagogy)

            Man and the Earth in German Literature from Goethe to Kafka

            German for Reading Knowledge

Undergraduate Courses:

The Magic of German Poetry (also taught as distance course via DDN)

Historic and Cultural Highlights of Germany

Love and War in Older German Literature (also taught as distance course via DDN)

Crime and Justice in Modern German Literature (also taught as distance course via DDN)

The Art of German Translation (also taught as distance course via DDN)

Going Goth: The Medieval Legacy in German Literature and Culture (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            German Film as Literature (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            Food in German Literature and Culture

            German for Commerce (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            German, Nazis, and Jews

            World War II: The German Experience (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            The Holocaust and German National Identity

            The German Radio Play (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            The German Novel in Prussia and Austria

            German Drama of the Nineteenth Century

            Individual and Society in the Works of Goethe

            Adventure and Vengeance in the Medieval German Epic

            German Women Authors from the Medieval Age to the Present

            Survey of German Culture

            History of the German Language

            Second Language Development

Second Language Methods

            Advanced Conversation and Composition (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            German Conversation and Composition

            German Grammar for Hutterite Teachers (onsite at various Hutterite Colonies)

            Advanced German Reading

            Intermediate German I and II (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            Elementary German for Business

            Elementary German I and II (also taught as distance course via DDN)

            Elementary French

            Elementary Hungarian

Online Courses:

Introductory German I

Introductory German II

Intermediate German I

Intermediate German II

German for Reading Knowledge

Foreign Language Methods

Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language

Germany and the Holocaust 

Honors Courses, First-Year Seminars, Writing-Across-the-University:

            The Literatures of Eastern Europe

            Hungary, Its History and Culture

            Great Poetry, Drama and Prose of Hungary

The German Novella

            Knights, Maidens and Dragons: The Medieval Epic in France and Germany

            Is Paradise Lost?

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS

2007-08           Leadership Fellow, Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

1992                Honored as one of 400 Outstanding Auburn Women Graduates for the Celebration of the Centennial of the Admission of Women to Auburn University

1990                Phi Sigma Iota, Drake University

1989                Dean’s Scholar Award, University of Pennsylvania

1987-88           Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Stipendium for doctoral research

1983-87           Annenberg Fellow in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

1986                Adolf D. Klarmann Prize for Excellence in the Study of German Literature, University of Pennsylvania

1983                First Prize, graduate level, Auburn University Annual French Contest

1983                Delta Phi Alpha, University of Pennsylvania

1980                Phi Kappa Phi, Auburn University

1980                Pi Delta Phi, Auburn University

BOOKS

 

2012    Berthold Auerbach, Die Geschichte des Diethelm von Buchenberg, aus dem 3. Band der Schwarzwälder Dorfgeschichten, herausgegeben und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Virginia L. Lewis (edited and with an Afterword by Virginia L. Lewis), Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2012

2010    Schön Kästnerisch verfahren, deutschsprachiger Roman. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 2010

2007    Globalizing the Peasant: Access to Land and the Possibility of Self-Realization. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007

2002    Jewish Life, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Translated and with an Afterword by Virginia L. Lewis. Riverside: Ariadne Press, 2002

1991    Flames of Passion/Flames of Greed: Acts of Arson in German Prose Fiction 1850-1900. New York: Peter Lang, 1991, for the series “Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature”

 

ARTICLES

 

2013    “To Tell or Not to Tell: Single Motherhood and the Academic Job Market,” in: Mothers in Academia, Kirsten Isgro and Mari Castañeda, eds. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)

2012    “Berthold Auerbachs Kritik des Kapitalisumus in der Geschichte des Diethelm von Buchenberg,” in: Berthold Auerbach: Werk und Wirkung, Jesko Reiling, ed. (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012), 245-262

2009    “Land, Self and Nation in Rebreanu’s Ion: Commodification and the Dismantling of Meaning,” in Slavonic and East European Review, 87/2(2009), 259-283

2006    “Agency and Morality in Ferdinand von Saar’s ‘Die Steinklopfer,’” in Ferdinand von Saar: Richtungen der Forschung / Directions in Research, Gedenkschrift zum 100. Todestag, Michael Böhringer, ed. (Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2006), 101-113

2005    “Gottfried Keller’s Critique of Enclosures in Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe,” in Neophilologus 89(2005): 73-87

1995    “The Other Face of Modernization: The Collapse of Rural Society in East Central European Realism and Naturalism,” in: Neohelicon: Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum XXII (1995), 221-245

1993    “The Price of Emancipation: Peasant-Noble Relations as Depicted by Novelists József Eötvös and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach,” in: Hungarian Studies Review XX(1993), 3-23

1993    “Work and Freedom in the Minority Community: Ferdinand von Saar’s ‘Die Troglodytin,’” in The German Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society, Carol A. Blackshire-Belay, ed. (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1993), 11-20

1992    “A German Poststructuralist,” review essay of Discourse Networks 1800/1900 by Friedrich A. Kittler, trans. David E. Wellberry, in Papers on Language and Literature, 28/1(1992), 100-106

 

REFERENCE WORK ENTRIES

 

2008    “Heinrich Sohnrey,” in The Literary Encyclopedia, July 2008

            http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12218 (2,369 words)

2000    “Joseph Roth,” in Encyclopedia of Literary Translation, Olive Classe, ed. (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000), 2:1192-1196

2000    “Endre Ady,” in Encyclopedia of Literary Translation, Olive Classe, ed. (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000), 1:5-7

1996    “Effi Briest,” in Reference Guide to World Literature, Laura Stanley Berger, ed. (Detroit: St. James Press, 1996), 427-428

1992    “Ernst Wichert” in Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache, Walter Killy, ed. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann, 1992), 12:289

1991    “Adolf Pichler,” in Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache, Walter Killy, ed. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann, 1991), 9:161

1991    “August Silberstein,” in Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache, Walter Killy, ed. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann, 1991), 11:43

1990    “Franz Hedrich,” in Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache, Walter Killy, ed. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann, 1990), 5:95-6

1990    “Ewald August König,” in Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache, Walter Killy, ed. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann, 1990), 6:428

1989    “Otto Glaubrecht,” in Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache, Walter Killy, ed. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann, 1989), 4:170

1989    “Ludwig Habicht,” in Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache, Walter Killy, ed. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann, 1989), 4:446

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

2007    Review of Schwierige Interdisziplinarität: Zum Verhältnis von Soziologie und Geschichtswissenschaft, Pierre Bourdieu, ed. by Elke Ohnacker and Franz Schultheis, in German Studies Review 30/3(2007), 682

2004    Review of Companion to German Realism, Todd Kontje, ed., in German Studies Review 27/1(2004), 154-155

2001    Review of Kinderliteratur als Zeitdokument: Alltagsnormalität der Weimarer Republik in Erich Kästners Kinderromanen by Susanne Haywod, in German Studies Review XXIV/1(2001), 193-194

1999    Review of Ferdinand von Saar: Zehn Studien, edited by Kurt Bergel, in German Studies Review XXII(1999)

1994    Review of The Shifting Fortunes of Wilhelm Raabe by Jeffrey L. Sammons, in German Studies Review XVII(1994), 392-393

1991    Review of Der gläserne Himmel by Rainer Michael Schaper, in German Studies Review XIV(1991), 632-33

1991    Review of Goethe und die Jungen by Johannes Weber, in German Studies Review XIV(1991), 622

1991    Review of John Henry Mackay: Die gedachte Welt: Ein Roman und drei Geschichten aus dem Nachlaß, Edward Mornin, ed., in German Studies Review XIV(1991), 185-186

1990    Review of Die Posaune der Reform by Sigrid Bauschinger, in Deutsche Bücher XX(1990), 293-294

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

2013    “Ludwig II of Bavaria’s Patronage of Richard Wagner: Art, Government, and Devotion,” presented on opening night of the “Exploring Verdi & Wagner” exhibit held at Northern State University, February 2013

2012    “Is it Possible to Rewrite Literary History? The Case of German-Jewish Author Berthold Auerbach,” presented at the 37th Annual European Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, October 2012

2011    “Nazi Soldiers and Government Deception,” presented at the opening of the exhibit “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” held at Beulah Williams Library, Northern State University, November 2011

2011    “Resources for Teaching German Online,” presented at the 2011 conference of the South Dakota World Languages Association held in Spearfish, South Dakota, October 2011

2011    “Challenges and Benefits of Collaborative German Programs,” workshop presented at the PASSHE German Studies Consortium Summit held at Bloomsburg State University, Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, July 2011

2011    Workshop Presenter, Minnesota State University Mankato, for curricular redesign workshop funded by the MSUM Provost’s Office involving German, Scandinavian Studies, French, and American Indian Studies, May 2011

2010    “Land Ownership and Agency in Mahasweta Devi’s Tale ‘Paddy Seeds,’” presented at the 33rd Annual Global Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, October 2010

2010    “Teaching German Humor with YouTube,” presented at the 2010 conference of the South Dakota World Languages Association held in Brookings, South Dakota, October 2010

2009    “Latife Tekin’s Berji Kristin: Life Amidst Garbage and the Quest for Humanity,” presented at the 32nd Annual Global Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, October 2009

2008    “Engaging Creativity in the Foreign Language Classroom,” presented at the 2008 conference of the South Dakota World Languages Association held in Rapid City, South Dakota, October 2008

2008    “Global Literature for a Globalized World,” presented at the 31st Annual Global Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, October 2008

2007    “Globalizing the Peasant,” presented at Northern State University, November 2007

            http://eclips.northern.edu/nsugerman/default.htm (click on “German Book Club Discussion”)

2006    “Stifter’s Brigitta, Heidegger’s Notion of ‘Bauen,’ and the Colonization of Eastern Hungary,” presented at the international symposium “Adalbert Stifter: Reading, Fearing, Thinking” held at Cornell University, October 2006

2005    “Narrative, Ethics, and Policy: Reclaiming our Humanity,” Northern State University, November 2005

2005    “Memory and the Nibelungenlied in Peter Hirche’s ‘Nähe des Todes,’” presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Milwaukee WI, September 2005

2004    “Enclosures and Coming of Age: Keller’s Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe as a Window on the Experience of Globalization,” presented at the 57th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, April 2004

2002    “A New Perspective on Heimatliteratur: Heinrich Sohnrey in Light of Karl Polanyi,” presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, San Diego CA, October 2002

2002    “Teaching Culture Communicatively,” presented at the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching, Oklahoma City OK, March 2002

1996    “Illness, Superstition and Poetic Justice in Berthold Auerbach’s Diethelm von Buchenberg,” presented at the conference of the Society for Literature and Science, Atlanta GA, October 1996, and at the Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Duquesne University, September 1995

1996    “On an Integrated Approach to the Historical Study of Central and Eastern European Literature,” presented at the international conference on “Germany and Eastern Europe” hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, March 1996

1995    “Extending the Margins: Decadence in the Poetry of Minka Czobel,” presented at the 12th Annual Conference on Foreign Literature, Wichita State University, April 1995

1994    “Hungarian Literature - European Literature,” presented at the 19th Annual Conference of the American Hungarian Educators’ Association, April 1994

1993    “Peasant-Noble Relations in the Novels of Jozsef Eötvös and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach,” presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, October 1993

1993    “The Place of Hungary in the Liberal Arts Curriculum,” presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the American Hungarian Educators’ Association, April 1993

1992    “Christianity and Intolerance in the Popular Literature of Nineteenth-Century Germany: The Case of O. Glaubrecht,” presented at the 108th Convention of the Modern Language Association, December 1992

1991    “(Non?)-Working Minorities: The Ethics of Work in Late Nineteenth-Century German Literature,” presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, September 1991

1991    “The German Work Ethic in the Slavic Community: Cultural Conflict in Ferdinand von Saar’s ‘Die Troglodytin,’” presented at the International Symposium on Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Ohio State University, March 1991

1990    “Forester, Poacher and Conflict: Literary Convention and the Defunctionalization of the Crime of Social Protest,” presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, October 1990

1990    “Why A University?” presented on behalf of the Student Activities Board National Awareness Committee at Drake University, October 1990

1990    “The Good Work Made Great: Manipulation of Literary Tradition in Isolde Kurz’s ‘Die Humanisten,’” presented at the 7th Annual Wichita State University Conference on Foreign Literature, April 1990

1983    “Die Frau in Keller’s Kleider machen Leute,” presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of German, November 1983

 

CREATIVE WORKS

 

2006-x Journey to Family, fiction trilogy in German/Romanzyklus in deutscher Sprache

            Volume I: Schön Kästnerisch verfahren is appearing in 2010, see above

            Volume II: Eine Familie findet wieder zusammen (publisher has expressed interest)

            Volume III: Familienleid – Familienglück (publisher has expressed interest)

2006-x Journey to Family, English version of Schön Kästnerisch verfahren

            Volume I is complete, publisher/agent currently sought

            Volume II, translation is in process

1995    Hungarian Folk Triptych, composition for concert band, 1995

            performed by the Aberdeen Municipal Band on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Melgaard Park, 2009, and also by the Des Moines Municipal Band and Drake University Symphonic Band in 1996

1993    Not Just Another Cain and Abel Story, unpublished novel, 1993

1987    “A Reconciliation,” short story published in NRG, 1987

1985    “A Rivalry,” short story read at the 20th Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville, May 1985

 

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

 

2012-date        Translation of Hungarian novelist Zsigmond Móricz’s novel Sárany into English (completion projected for 2013)

2013-date        Commodifying the Countryside: Money, Landholders, and Peasants in German ‘Bauerndichtung’ from 1830-                           1930 (book-length manuscript, completion projected for 2014)

 

GRANTS

 

2009                Mobile Computing Initiative, grant for technology development of “The Art of German Translation” course, Northern State University

2007-08           Margin of Excellence Initiative grant recipient, Northern State University, for TESOL certification

2006                Northern State University, Summer Research Stipend for completion of the book manuscript “Globalizing the Peasant”

2006                Northern State University, Distance Delivery Initiative grant awarded for development of upper-level distance course: “German for Commerce”

2004-05           Curriculum Enrichment Fund recipient for course development in Elementary German and The German Radio Play, Lycoming College

2003-04           Academic Transformation Grant award from Educational Technology at Missouri (ET@MO) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, (co-applicant: Roger Cook), for pedagogical and technological updating and innovation in Intermediate German sequence

2000                Drake University Workshop for the Teaching of Writing in First Year Seminars

1996-97           Sabbatical Award, Drake University

1996                Drake University Faculty Development Grant and Drake University Center for the Humanities Grant, “Wirtschaftsdeutschseminar” sponsored by the AATG and held at the Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany

1996                Drake University Faculty Research Grant, “The Jewish Experience in Eastern Europe” for study in Cracow and surrounding sites in Poland

1995                American Council of Learned Societies “East European Language Training Grant” for advanced Hungarian Language Study at the Debrecen Summer University in Hungary

1993                Drake University Faculty Research Grant, “Debrecen University Summer School in Hungarian”

1992-93           Drake University Center for the Humanities Program for Research Support for Tenure-Track Faculty Grant, Fall semesters 1992 and 1993, release time for research on the concept of an integrated East Central European literature

1991                Drake University Faculty Research Grant, “Literature: Voice of Power: A Comparative Study of Literature and Social Change in Germany, Austria and Hungary, 1840-1870,” funded research in Budapest, Hungary

1990                Drake University Center for the Humanities Grant, “Hungarian Language Study with Linguatheque Institute,” Budapest, Hungary

1990                Drake University Faculty Research Grant, “A Thematic Analysis of the Role of Poaching and Wood Theft in German Prose of the Nineteenth Century”

1990                Drake University Center for the Humanities Grant and funding from Drake University Office of the Provost, “Flames of Passion/Flames of Greed: Acts of Arson in German Prose Fiction 1850-1900”

1990                Drake University Computer Intensive University Project Grant, “Software for Use in German Language Instruction”

 

SELECTED ACADEMIC SERVICE

 

2012-date        Chair, Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication Studies

2011-date        Northern State University Faculty Travel and Sabbatical Committee

2011-date        Member, South Dakota Board of Regents Humanities Discipline Council

2011-12           Chair, English Search Committee

2011-date        President, South Dakota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German

2011                Textbook Reviewer, Cengage Learning

2010-date        Northern State University CultureFest Committee

2010-11           Manuscript Reviewer, Philosophical Papers and Reviews

2010-11           Study Abroad Committee, Northern State University

2009-11           Employee Achievement and Recognition Committee, Northern State University

2009-10           New Faculty Mentor (for Juan Gonzalez), Northern State University

2009-10           Program Committee, South Dakota World Languages Association

2009-11           Chair, Campus Preservation Committee, Northern State University

2009-10           Translation Service Provider, E Pluribus, LLC, Columbia, Missouri

2009                College of Business Dean Search Committee, Northern State University

2007-10           President, South Dakota World Languages Association

2008-10           Chair, South Dakota Board of Regents Humanities Discipline Council

2008-09           Chair, Spanish Search Committee, Northern State University

2008-09           English Search Committee, Northern State University

2008                College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, Northern State University

2008-09           Campus Preservation Committee, Northern State University

2008                Textbook Reviewer, Cengage Learning

2005-07           Secretary-Treasurer, South Dakota World Languages Association

2006                Assessment Coordinator for German and Spanish, South Dakota Board of Regents Teacher Quality Enhancement project, Northern State University

2006-08           Vice Chair, South Dakota Board of Regents Humanities Discipline Council

2006                Manuscript Reviewer, Modern Austrian Literature

2005-date        Graduate Faculty member, Northern State University

2005-date        Faculty Advisor, Northern State University German Club

2005-date        German Program website development and maintenance, Northern State University: http://www.northern.edu/lang_speech/German/index.html

2001-03           Newsletter Editor, Missouri Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German

2001-04           Elementary German Program website development and maintenance, University of Missouri-Columbia

1999-2000       Co-Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Drake University

1989-2001       Phi Sigma Iota Honors Society Advisor for the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Drake University

1997-98           Arts and Sciences Faculty Cabinet, Drake University

1994-96           Iowa Humanities Board

1995-96           Co-Chair, Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, Drake University

1995-96           Departmental Tenure Review Committee, Drake University

1995                Study Abroad Faculty Review Board, Drake University

1995                Admissions and Financial Aid Committee, Drake University

1994                Fullbright Campus Committee, Drake University

1991-92           Arts and Sciences Council, Drake University

1998-99           Chair, Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee, Drake University

1991-2001       Advisor for Open-Enrolled Students, Drake University

1991                Textbook Reviewer for Prentice-Hall, Inc.

1990-2000       Summer Registration Advisor, Drake University

1991-93           Chair, Departmental Events and Colloquia Committee, Drake University

1991-92           Educational Policies and Issues Committee, Drake University

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

 

1995    Certificate of Outstanding Achievement at the superior level in Hungarian, Debreceni Nyari Egyetem (Debrecen Summer University)

1987    Certification in Braille Transcription, National Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, The Library of Congress

1986    Certification as an Oral Proficiency Tester, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

 

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

American Association of Teachers of German

South Dakota World Languages Association

German Studies Association

International Scholars Group for German-Russian Studies

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

2013-date        Worship Committee, First Presbyterian Church, Aberdeen SD

2012                Christian Education Committee, First Presbyterian Church, Aberdeen SD

2012-date        Jazz Trumpet performance, Red Rooster coffee house, Aberdeen SD

2011-date        Friends from Afar Host Family, Northern State University

2009-date        Co-Developer and Director, NSU Elementary Foreign Language Program

2011                First Horn, NSU production of The Phantom of the Opera

2009-11           Lector and Wednesday School teacher, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Aberdeen SD

2010-date        Performer with the Huron Symphony Orchestra (Horn)

2008-date        Performer with the Aberdeen Municipal Band (Horn)

2005-date        Performer with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony (Horn); Principal Horn player since 2009

2008-date        Member, James Valley Model Railroad Association

2006-date        German language outreach, May Overby Elementary School and Central High School, Aberdeen, South Dakota, in collaboration with the German students of Northern State University and Black Hills State University

2007-09           Volunteer Website Translator (English to German), Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation http://www.helpher.org/international/germany/DE_mothers/DE_index.php

2007                Hutterite Community German grammar classes, offered through Northern State University Extension, Brown County, South Dakota, and Dickey County, North Dakota

2007-date        Active contributor to various German/English and other online dictionaries and language fora including www.wordreference.com, www.dict.cc, odge.de, and dict.tu-chemnitz.de/, all of which are used by students at Northern State University and across the world. My substantial service to these dictionaries and language fora is intended to help students of German and other languages secure access to accurate, comprehensive, and user-friendly online reference works.

2004-08           Volunteer Fundraiser, Meow House no-kill animal shelter, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

2004-05           Welcoming Congregation Committee, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley, Northumberland, Pennsylvania

2002-04           Religious Education Teacher, Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Missouri

1996-98           Board Member, Des Moines Community Orchestra

1994-2001       Volunteer Site Interpreter for Living History Farms, Des Moines, Iowa

1989-96           Volunteer Braillist, Iowa Department for the Blind

1996-2001       Committee service and instrumental performance, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Iowa

1990-95           Committee service and instrumental performance, Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Des Moines, Iowa

1989-date        Translator in German, Hungarian, French and other languages for E Pluribus LLC (Columbia, MO), the Council for International Understanding (Des Moines), Family Violence Center (Des Moines), and other organizations

1973-date        Performer on trumpet, French horn, and other instruments for many community and collegiate music organizations and numerous churches, including the Aberdeen University Civic Symphony, Aberdeen Municipal Band, Huron Symphony Orchestra, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Aberdeen), Lycoming College Symphonic Band, Columbia Symphony Orchestra (Missouri), Des Moines Municipal Band, Des Moines Community Orchestra, Greater Des Moines Community Band, Des Moines Community Playhouse, John Morgan Dance Band, Basilica of Saint John (Des Moines), Plymouth Congregational Church (Des Moines), First Christian Congregational Church (Des Moines), Auburn University Symphony, Auburn Knights Orchestra, and many more.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

English: native competence

German: near-native competence in all modalities
French: excellent oral and written skills
Hungarian: advanced level

Bulgarian: intermediate level
Middle High German: excellent reading skills
Other languages studied: Dutch, Latin, Gothic, Old High German

 

PERSONAL

 

I have three children: two boys and a girl, and look after several rescued pets. I am an avid musician, with professional skills in jazz improvisation as well as a number of musical compositions and arrangements to my name. I enjoy gardening, stamp collecting, needlepoint, cycling, and watching German TV. I am an active member, together with my family, of First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and also of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, an online, worldwide Unitarian-Universalist congregation.