|Present||Professor of German and Linguistics, Cedarville University ‐ Department of English, Literature, and Modern Languages|
Honors and Awards
- Faculty Innovator of the Year, Cedarville University - 2010
- Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award - 2017
- Beginning German I & II
- Intermediate German I & II
- Special Topics in German
- German Conversation and Composition
- Germanic History & Culture
- Survey of German Literature
- English Composition
- Basic English (ESL)
|2004||Ph.D., University of Miami|
|1980||M.A., Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge|
|1978||B.S., Tennessee Technological University|
|1978||B.A., Tennessee Technological University|
Department of English, Literature, and Modern Languages
Americanization: The Immigrant's Bridge to Assimilation (2004)
This content analysis of English language textbooks used during the Americanization period (1914--1924) sought to determine the discourse on immigration during this period in American history. The findings brought to light representations that can be ...
The Textbook as Discourse: Sociocultural Dimensions of American Schoolbooks Faculty Books (2011)
The central assumption of The Textbook as Discourse is this: interpreted in the flow of history, textbooks can provide important insights into the nature and meaning of a culture and the social and political discourses ...
Book Chapters (3)
Encyclopedia Entries (3)
Book Reviews (4)
Journal Articles (8)
Fostering Integrative Motivation among Introductory-Level German Students Through a Language Partners Program Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German (2012)
Many students enroll in language classes with the instrumentally motivated goal of satisfying a requirement. This article argues that instructors can influence students' motivation toward more integrative motivation by helping them make connections with the ...
The Challenge of Altering Elementary School Teachers' Beliefs and Practices Regarding Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Science Instruction Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2007)
This study examined the impact of a professional development intervention aimed at helping elementary teachers incorporate elements of students’ home language and culture into science instruction. The intervention consisted of instructional units and materials and ...
Teachers' Perceptions of Policy Influences on Science Instruction with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Students Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2007)
This study asked elementary school teachers how educational policies affected their science instruction with a majority of English language learners. The study employed a questionnaire followed by focus group interviews with 43 third and fourth ...
Pre-service Teachers' Perceptions in Beginning Education Classes Teaching and Teacher Education (2005)
Based on research concerning the influence and persistence of beliefs about teaching that pre-service teachers (students who are not yet teaching professionally) bring with them to their courses. This study used a survey and semi-structured ...
Basal Readers and ESL/LEP Students: A Content Analysis Study Reading Research and Instruction (2003)
The population of English Language Learners (ELLs) in U.S. public schools has grown in the past decade. Despite this growth, most teachers are not adequately trained to teach these students. Because teachers rely on basal ...
Conference Proceedings (4)
Teaching History and Culture Here and Abroad Unlock the Gateway to Communication: 2014 Report of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language (2014)
Intercultural competence is recognized as a necessary goal of foreign language classes, particularly at the college level. Considered on par with grammatical and lexical proficiency, intercultural competency allows non-native speakers of a language to function ...
Electronic Portfolio Assessment of Graduate Students Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2004 (2004)
In order to assess in-service teachers in an authentic manner, one Master’s Degree in TESOL program revised the evaluation criteria for degree conferral (the traditional end-of-program comprehensive examination), with the requirement for students to create ...
Conference Presentations (26)
Identifying Elements of Kinder- und Jugendliteratur The Research and Scholarship Symposium (2017)
Kinder- und Jugendliteratur, children’s literature written for the purpose of teaching or entertaining young people, has been present in German literature since the Middle Ages. This genre has changed as German literature progressed, reflecting the ...