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Amanda Sheffer

Clinical Assistant Professor, German
Associate Basic Language Coordinator  
German Advisor

206A McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-4074
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Sheffer is a Clinical Assistant Professor of German and Associate 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 LiteraturePresident 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. 
  • Sheffer, A. "German for Specific Purposes in the Basic Language Sequence: A Case Study in Implementation during Curricular Reform" Unterrichtspraxis 50.1. 2017. Pp. 91-99.

  • Bornholdt, C. & Sheffer, A. Integrating Language and Culture Studies within a Multidisciplinary Framework of European Studies.” NECTFL Review 79. 2017. Pp. 13-34.

Recent Presentations
  • Sheffer, Amanda. "Exploring Intertextuality in Kehlmann's die Vermessug der Welt: Critiquing the Present through the Past". Austrian Studies AssociationChicago, March 18, 2017.

  • M. Kassen, C. McMahon, A. Sheffer, "Don't worry, be 'Appy: Smartphone Apps that Engage and Inspire” ACTFL, Boston, November 20, 2016.

  • C. McMahon, A. Sheffer, “Teaching from the Headlines: European Migration in the Language Classroom”  MFLA, Columbia, MD, October 22, 2016.

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
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
Euro 201: European Culture
Dr. Sheffer serves as president of the Maryland-DC Metro chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). She sits on the national AATG committe for German for Professional Purposes. She is currently the acting language coordinator in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, overseeing the 100-level language classes and sits on the Language for Specific Purposes committee. She chairs the Basic Language committee and also resides in the student community as part of the professor-in-residence program.
In addition, she organizes the "Goethe Book Club" at the Goethe Institut Washington to read modern German-language works in German and translation. She has organized multiple German immersion days held at CUA for students in the area. 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.