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Education and Academic Posts Held

  • 1965-1972  Studies in Catholic Theology, German Literature and Language, English and American Studies at the Universities of Bonn, München, and Frankfurt.
  • 1972  First State Exam in English / American Studies, Political Science (MA). Goethe Universität Frankfurt.
  • 1977  Second State Exam in the Teaching of English / American Literature and Language, and Political Science (classes 5-13). Certification as public school teacher, secondary level.
  • 1977-1982  High school teacher at a comprehensive school near Frankfurt, Germany. Subjects taught in grades 5 to 13: English, German, Social Studies.
  • 1982-1986  Lecturer (Pädagogischer Mitarbeiter) in the Theory and Practice of English, Language Acquisition and Teaching (emphasis on the teaching of English and American literature and media methodologies) at Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany (JLU).
  • 1986  PhD. TESOL/TEFL Department of English, Justus Liebig-University Giessen.
  • 1986-1991  German Language Consultant to the Pacific North West of the U.S.A.; program sponsored by the German Federal Government (Bundesverwaltungsamt, Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen) and the Goethe-Institut; Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, WA. Responsible for in-service teacher training, curriculum development and articulation between the secondary and tertiary level of education with special emphasis on teacher education.
  • 1991-1995  Research director at the Department of Research and Development of the Goethe-Institut Munich, focus on in-service teacher education.
  • 1994  Habilitation: Educational Linguistics (“Sprachlehrforschung”). University of Hamburg.
  • 1995-2011  Professor of Educational Linguistics and EFL at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen (full professor and chair position).
  • 1998-1999  Head of the English Department.
  • 2006-2011  Coordinator of academic exchange program between JLU and Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
  • 2006, 09, 10  Visiting professor, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
  • Since 2011   Professor Emeritus.
  • 2012   Visiting professor, University of New South Wales; Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Since 6/2014   Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.