Currently chair of the Department, I am working hard to keep foreign languages viable and vital at St. Cloud State. For the academic year 1998-1999 my efforts include a number of initiatives to bring campus-wide attention to the importance of foreign language studies across the curriculum. I am deeply committed to our institution teaching the major languages French, German, and Spanish, as well as Russian and Japanese. I would also like to see broader collaboration across disciplines on campus and am looking for ways to help our department network with other colleges and programs at SCSU.
My research area is 19th-century German women's fairy tales. This topic is especially interesting to me because I believe women's fairy tales present a clear and important alternative to the dominant received tradition of the Grimms, Hans Christian Andersen, and other male authors. Fairy tales inform much of modern culture; their motifs and images permeate the general consciousness and inform the narratives of novels, films, and other cultural artifacts.
My publications in the past years have gone in two directions: my research interest in German women's' fairy tales and language pedagogy. My research-oriented publications include editions of fairy tales by Gisela von Arnim (1827-1889) published in Germany; articles on German women writers of fairy tales (Gisela von Arnim and Benedikte Naubert); encyclopedia entries on feminism and fairy tales (The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature, Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales); book reviews of contemporary fairy tale research and editions; and my current project (in the planning for over 10 years): The Queen's Mirror, an anthology in English translation of 32 fairy tales by as many different German-speaking female writers.
My major publications in language teaching are textbook projects with EMC/Paradigm. I have served for a number of years as a freelance editor on German projects for that publisher and have been contributing editor on German textbooks from them. In 1998 I co-wrote Deutsch aktuell 3, a third-year high school text for German, along with workbook, teacher, and testing materials.
In the Department I teach all levels of language. My personal passion is advanced grammar and phonetics.