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Amanda Sheffer

Clinical Assistant Professor, German
Acting Basic Language Coordinator  

206A McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-5240

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Amanda Sheffer is a Clinical Assistant Professor of German and acting Basic Language Coordinator in department of Modern Languages at CUA. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dissertation entitled "Deranged Doctors and Panicked Patients: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Fin de Siècle Literature." President of the Maryland / DC Metro AATG, Dr. Sheffer also focuses on pedagogy through the teaching of film and German for professional purposes in the basic language classroom. Her current research looks at the intersection of medicine and science in modern Austrian literature. 
Courses Taught
Ger 101: Beginning German I
Ger 102: Beginning German II
Ger 103: Intermediate German I
Ger 104: Intermediate German II
Ger 199: Language / Culture Activity: Soccer
Ger 204: Advanced German II: German through Literature
Ger 220: Vienna in Literature and the Arts
Ger 230: Grimms' Fairy Tales in their European Context
Ger 300: Thinking Critically: Literature, Film and Media in the German-speaking World
Ger 401: Business German
Ger 489: Senior Research Seminar
Ger 500: German for Reading Knowledge
Dr. Sheffer serves as chair to the Basic Language committee and also resides in the student community as part of the professor-in-residence program. In addition, she is very active in the local AATG and has organized three German immersion days held at CUA. She has also served on the Alumni Committee, the Technology Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and helps maintains the department's website. As part of her basic language duties, she also leads the department's orientation. She has served as German Club advisor and academic advisor.
Research and Personal Development
Her research and development has been financially supported through the following agencies:
Max Kade Foundation
Goethe Institut
Fulbright Commission
U.S. Dept of Education (FLAS Grant, Sweden)
Swedish Institute