Jennifer Redmann Professor of German, Department Chair of German, Russian & East Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese)
Jennifer Redmann is Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages. She teaches courses at all levels of the German curriculum and a Connections course on the literature, art, and film of the First World War. At F&M and two previous institutions, she led successful curriculum reform efforts to rebuild and strengthen German programs. In 2020, she received the post-secondary Outstanding German Educator Award from the American Association of Teachers of German and in 2022, she was the recipient of Franklin & Marshall College’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the incoming Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Teachers of German, a national organization representing over 3,500 K-16 German teachers, and will serve as its President in 2026-2027.
B.A. St. Olaf College
M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
German 301 – Contemporary Germany
Publications, Presentations and Service
Schreiben lernen: A Writing Guide for Learners of German (with Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim). Revised and expanded second edition. Yale University Press, 2023.
Qin Herzberg and Larry Herzberg, with Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim and Jennifer Redmann.中文写作 A Writing Guide for Learners of Chinese. Yale University Press, 2021.
German Cultural Studies
Redmann, Jennifer. “The Backfischroman as Bildungsroman: Popular German Novels for Girls, 1863-1913.” Feminist German Studies, vol. 35 (2019), pp. 1-25.
Redmann, Jennifer. “Girls Reading the Great War: German and Anglo-American Literature for Young Women, 1914-1920.” Women and War: From German Colonialism through World War I, edited by Katharina von Hammerstein, Barbara Kosta, and Julie Shoults. DeGruyter, 2018, pp. 209-228.
German Curriculum and Pedagogy
Reinvigorating a Small Undergraduate German Program through an Integrated,Literacies-Based Curriculum.” Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching for Small German Programs, edited by Gabriele Eichmanns and Melissa Etzler. Routledge, 2021, p. 11-21.
Redmann, Jennifer. “Leveraging General Education Requirements to Strengthen Foreign Language Majors.” ADFL Bulletin, vol. 36 (2020), pp. 134-141.
Redmann, Jennifer, and Kathryn Sederberg. “The First World War in the Literacy-Focused Classroom: Teaching German through Cultural Themes.” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, vol. 50, no. 1 (2017), pp. 44-66. [Awarded Best
Article Prize from Die Unterrichtspraxis editorial board for 2017.]
Recent Workshops and Invited Talks
Recent Workshops and Invited Talks
Presentation: “Rethinking the Language Curriculum in a Time of Crisis.” HumanitiesCenter, Brigham Young University, September 28, 2023.
Presentation: “Multiple Languages, Multiple Literacies: Values-Driven InstitutionalChange and Transformational Learning.” ADE/ADL Summer Seminar: Recentering the Humanities, Washington, D.C., June 1-4, 2023.
Presentation: “Girls Reading the Great War: German and Anglo-American Literature for Young Women.” Global Lecture Series, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK, November 23,2022.
Three-hour workshop: “Designing your Dream Course: How to Design a Content Course in Your Area of Specialization.” CLA Language Center, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, February 7, 2020.
Three-day workshop: “Small German Program Building through Curricular Reform, Co-Curricular Enhancement, and Program Building” (with Timothy Malchow and Ervin Malakaj). Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany. Valparaiso University, October 25-27, 2019.
Recent Conference Presentations
Panel Organizer and Participant: “Best Practices for Multi-Level Courses in HS and College Programs.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) /American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 17-19, 2023.
Panel Participant: “Innovations and Best Practices in 21st-Century Teaching. A Roundtable in Honor of Lynne Tatlock.” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, September 30-October 2, 2021.
Panel Participant: “How to Survive as a Small Language Program.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 7-9, 2021.
Presenter: “Goodbye Textbook: Multiple Literacies in First-Year, Undergraduate German.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) / American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C,November 22-24, 2019.
Panel Presenter: Whose German Studies? Diversity and Inclusivity in Promoting German Studies.” Symposium on Diversity, Decolonialization and the German Curriculum, St. Olaf College, March 1-2, 2019.
Recent Service to Franklin & Marshall College
- Chair, Committee on the Faculty Handbook (fall 2019, spring 2023).
- Member, Fellowships Committee (2020-21, 2021-22).