German professor to reflect on teaching

Gudrun HommelGudrun Hommel, Linfield College associate professor of German, will reflect on learning as a teacher during an upcoming faculty lecture at Linfield.

Hommel will present “Globetrotters, Heirlooms and Heimat: Reflections on Teaching College,” as part of Linfield’s faculty lecture series on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Hommel has been at Linfield since 1987 and began teaching a writing-intensive freshman inquiry at Linfield three years ago. Along with her students, she undertook a research and writing project of her own and investigated ways to successfully foster academic and personal growth in her freshmen students and herself. Hommel will talk about teaching strategies and how her experience with different cultures and languages is helpful in teaching college students.

“What interests me is to find out how my experience as a language educator, someone who has worked with study abroad programs and taught freshmen colloquium, someone who has negotiated different cultures and languages all her life, could be advantageous to teaching college freshmen,” Hommel said.

Hommel graduated from Gymnasium and received her Abitur, the German equivalent of a final exam, in 1975 in Mainz, Germany. She earned a B.A. from Portland State University (PSU) in 1986, an M.A. in German Language and Literature from PSU in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Oregon in 1999.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.