On Sabbatical, 2011-2012
President, American Association of Teachers of German, Kentucky Chapter (AATG-KY)
Dr. Sigrid Suesse, a native of Kassel, Germany, received her MA and PhD in German Language and Literature in 1979 from the University of California, Irvine. Between 1977 and 1983 she taught German at the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College and German, world literature and English composition at Transylvania University. In 1987 she received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky where she taught Computer Science during the 1986/87 academic year. She worked as a staff programmer for IBM and Lexmark both in Lexington, KY and B├Âblingen, Germany from 1984 until 1994 when she joined the faculty of Georgetown College. Her teaching and research interests include German culture and literature, Turkish-German culture, the German Green Party, the Holocaust, the Faust-theme in literature and film, learning and language acquisition theories and learning and teaching methods, and the application of computer tools in language learning and in the teaching of culture. She has published a book on the drama Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 -1781), the German man of letters, theorist of the arts, and Enlightenment proponent of religious tolerance, and is currently working on computer applications for the language and culture classroom.