Dr. Himmelein to Attend Fulbright Summer Academy

June 04, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Mark Himmelein, professor of German at the University of Mount Union, has been selected to attend Summer Academy in Leipzig, Germany by the Fulbright Commission.

The Academy is offered to American faculty members in German and will take place June 14-28. According to the Fulbright announcement, the Summer Academy aims to offer professional development in areas relevant to the teaching of German including German language, literature and culture as well as in professional and higher education. The seminar is based at interDaF at Leipzig University’s Herder Institute.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest changes in the German educational system primarily because my own students at Mount Union are always curious to know about university life in Germany, and the topic is dealt with frequently in the texts I use,” Himmelein said. “Many of our students spend a semester or a year in Germany, and understanding the current system will help me better advise Mount Union students.”

During the Academy, participants will be given an overview of current developments in German secondary and post-secondary education, including information on the German high school system, vocational training, recent German and European higher education reforms and demographic developments and ethnic diversity in contemporary Germany. An additional focus of the program will be teaching German as a foreign language, and participants will become acquainted with latest didactical methods in this field as developed and implemented at interDaF in Leipzig.

Himmelein graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and business administration. He then received a Master’s degree in German and educational administration at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in foreign language education at the University of Akron. Himmelein has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 1995. He has led numerous student trips to Germany, most recently in March.  

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