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New German Language Program Coordinator: Silke Schade

silke schadeMeet Silke Schade, the new German Language Program Coordinator in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages.  Silke comes to us from the University of Texas – San Antonio, where she co-coordinated the German Program and taught courses in German language, literature, culture, and film.

Raised by a German mother and American father, Silke grew up bilingual, spending equal parts of her childhood in Hamburg, Germany and Cincinnati, Ohio. Driven by a love of languages, a love of teaching, and a love of travel, she went on to teach at Königin-Luise High School in Erfurt, Germany, Tver Language Institute in Tver, Russia, and the German Language School at Middlebury College. 

Silke earned her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 2006 with a dissertation on literature and migration in contemporary Germany.  Before coming to Vanderbilt, she taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Texas – San Antonio, where she co-coordinated the German Program, taught courses in German language, Fairy Tales, Berlin, and German Film, and led students on a study abroad trip to Berlin. She is a certified Goethe-Institut tester, and is affiliated with the American Association of Teachers of German and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 

As a Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt, Silke’s focus is on teaching and development of the German Language Program.   She coordinates the Beginning and Intermediate German language series and leads a team of excellent Graduate Student Instructors.  She teaches language courses at all levels and will be offering a Spring 2017 course in English on Fairy Tales.  She also serves as the faculty advisor to the McTyeire International House.  Silke is thrilled to be at Vanderbilt, impressed with the dedication and engagement of the students, and very happy to be living in the vibrant city of Nashville.