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Birgit Jensen 2015

Birgit Jensen

Associate Professor
German
252-328-6539 (phone)
252-328-6233 (fax)
jensenb@ecu.edu
Bate 3319 (office)

Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University Mailstop #556
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

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BACKGROUND

B.A. German Studies, University of Florida, Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors
M.A. German Literature, Ohio State University
Ph.D. German Literature, Ohio State University

Dr. Jensen is a native of Germany who has lived in the United States since 1979. She has taught at Oberlin College, Middlebury College and John Carroll University, and has been nominated for or won several teaching awards. Dr. Jensen has been at ECU since 2000. She is the author of Auf der morschen Gartenschaukel: Kindheit als Problem bei Theodor Fontane (Rodopi 1998) and is currently working on a monograph about German workers' autobiographies of the late nineteenth century. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of German, the German Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and Women in German.

COURSES TAUGHT

GERM 1001-1004 Elementary German
GERM 2300 Introduction to Literature
GERM 2420 Culture of the German-Speaking World I
GERM 2421 Culture of the German-Speaking World II
GERM 2700 Special Topics in German Studies
GERM 3210 German Conversation
GERM 3330 Composition and Advanced Grammar
GERM 3530 German-Speaking World of the 19th Century
GERM 3540 German-Speaking World from 1900-1945
GERM 3700 Special Topics
GERM 4950-3 Dir. Reading: Kafka's Metamorphosis
HNRS 2011 Honors Seminar in Humanities

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Literary study: late nineteenth-century German prose and poetry
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Focus: autobiographies of the German working class in the late nineteenth century

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Other interests: narrative strategies used to restore the integrity of socially marginalized and devalued protagonists in German literature from the Middle Ages to today (e.g., children, Jews, lepers)

Pedagogy: active, project-based L2 learning
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Flipped learning in the flipped classroom
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Curricular design and student perception of learning
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Development of cross-cultural critical thinking skills through L2 acquisition
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Universal design for learning

SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Article, forthcoming in Global Partners in Education Journal: "A (Free) Alternative to Studying Abroad: The Voluntary Social Year in Germany."

"Erfolgsstrategien zur Wiederbelebung eines universitären Germanistikstudienganges in den Vereinigten Staaten." Aussiger Beiträge 5 (2011): 23-34. Co-authored with Jill E. Twark and Susanne Lenné Jones.

"'Was sind wir Dienstboten doch für elende Geschöpfe': Female Working-Class Agency in Two German Autobiographies at the Turn of the Century." Challenging Separate Spheres: Female Bildung in 18th and 19th Century Germany. Ed. Jeffrey L. Sammons. Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2007.

"Laborious Reproduction: Family and Gender Boundaries in Working-Class Autobiographies of the Late Nineteenth Century." Zerreissproben/Double Bind. Familie und Geschlecht in der deutschen Literatur des 18. und des 19. Jahrhunderts . Ed. Christine Kanz. Wettstein: eFeF Verlag, 2007: 111-132.

"'What Miserable Creatures Are We Servants!' Female Working-Class Agency in Two German Autobiographies at the Turn of the Century." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 20.1 (2006): 59-75.

"Transgressing the Body: Leper and Girl in Hartmann von Aue's Der arme Heinrich." Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik 61.1 (2005): 103-126.

"Bawdy Bodies or Moral Agency? The Struggle for Identity in Working-Class Autobiographies of Imperial Germany." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 28.4 (2005): 534-557.

"Vom jüdischen Geschichtsbewußtsein in Lion Feuchtwangers Jud Süß." South Carolina Modern Language Review 4 (2005): 15-31.

"Peter Schneider's Vati: Contesting a German Taboo." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 43 (2001): 84-92.

"'Abraxa Bösemiene' or Word Order leicht gemacht." Teaching Ideas VI. A Collection of Successful Classroom Strategies. Ed. John F. Lalande II. Cherry Hill, NJ: American Association of Teachers of German (2001): 29.

Auf der morschen Gartenschaukel: Kindheit als Problem bei Theodor Fontane. Amsterdam: Rodopi (1998).

"Die Entfachung der kindlichen Vitalität in Theodor Fontanes Grete Minde," German Life and Letters 50.3 (1997): 339-45.

SELECTED DIGITAL CONTRIBUTIONS

Forthcoming: "A Practical Example of a Flipped Lesson in a Beginning German Classroom," College STAR module, October 2017, https://www.collegestar.org/

"Episode 008 - Birgit Jensen," podcast, Flipped Learning Network, 29 September 2017, http://podcasts.flippedlearning.org/askthefln/podcast/episode-008-birgit-jensen/

"Four Reasons to Flip Your Foreign-Language Classroom," Flipped Learning in my Beginning German Courses, 21 September 2017, http://jensensflippedgerman.blogspot.com/2017/09/5-reasons-to-flip-your-foreign-language.html

Syndicated on the Flipped Learning Network, 24 September 2017, https://flippedlearning.org/syndicated/four-reasons-flip-foreign-language-classroom/

"How I Started Flipping," Flipped Learning in my Beginning German Courses, 27 June 2017,

Syndicated on the Flipped Learning Network, 6 July 2017, http://flippedlearning.org/syndicated/how-i-started-flipping/

"Letter to My Future Students," Flipped Learning in my Beginning German Courses, 20 June 2017, https://jensensflippedgerman.blogspot.com/2017/06/letter-to-my-future-students.html

Syndicated on the Flipped Learning Network, 22 June 2017, http://flippedlearning.org/syndicated/letter-future-students/)

"How My Beginning German Courses Evolved: from Flipped Classroom to Flipped Learning ," Flipped Learning in my Beginning German Courses, 19 June 2017, http://jensensflippedgerman.blogspot.com/2017/06/how-my-beginning-german-coursesevolved.html

Syndicated on the Flipped Learning Network, 20 June 2017, http://flippedlearning.org/academic_subject/foreign_languages/beginning-german-course-evolved-to-flipped-learning/ )

"Flip For a Day!" Flipped Learning in my Beginning German Courses, 05 June 2017, https://jensensflippedgerman.blogspot.com/2017/06/flip-for-day.html

Syndicated on the Flipped Learning Network, 13 June 2017, http://flippedlearning.org/syndicated/flip-for-a-day/ )

Syndicated on the Flipped Learning Network, 13 July 2017, http://flippedlearning.org/syndicated/flip-for-a-day/ )

SELECTED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

"Beyond the Flipped Classroom: Flipped Learning," workshop presentation, Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching, Anaheim, CA (2018)

"Penal Servitude and Constructions of Selfhood in the Kaiserreich," Philological Association of the Carolinas, Charlotte, NC (2017)

"Immerse Yourself in the German Culture For Free by Volunteering in Germany or Austria," Global Education Conference (2017)

"How We Stay Strong: A Small German Program at East Carolina University," webinar, ACTFL (2017)

"Motivate Your Students Through Flipped Learning and Target Culture 2.0," workshop presentation, Foreign Languages Association of NC, Durham NC (2017)

"From College Professor to College STAR: How to Implement Effective UDL Based Instructional Strategies," Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching, Asheville, NC (2017)

"Exploring the Flipped Class," workshop presentation, Teaching with Technology Summer Academy, ECU Office of Faculty Excellence (2017)

"How to Attain Flipped Learning in Your Classroom," instructional consulting, Teaching with Technology Summer Academy, ECU Office of Faculty Excellence (2017)

"Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr: The Voluntary Social Year in Germany," Global Partners in Education Conference, ECU (2017)

"Flipped Learning - Grammatik anders herum," workshop presentation, German Teachers Virtual Conference, New York City (2016)

"Flipped Learning: Why and How to Do It," workshop presentation, Foreign Languages Association of NC, Durham, NC (2016)

"Trust Work and Emotional Labor in German Workers' Life Narratives," Philological Association of the Carolinas, Charlotte, NC (2016)

"Reflections on Flipping a (German College) Classroom," Wilmington, Philological Association of the Carolinas (2015)

"Inverted Instruction: A Discussion of Interim Results," ECU, Dept. of Foreign Languages (2015)

"Flipping Your Classroom: A Shift in Learning and Teaching," ECU, Dept. of Foreign Languages (2014)

"Breathing New Life into a Dying FL (German) Program: A Success Story and Lessons Learned," Winston-Salem, Philological Association of the Carolinas (2014)

"The Struggle over Lorelei's Essence: Imagery and Text in Eichendorff's Ahnung und Gegenwart," Philological Association of the Carolinas, Asheville, NC (2013)

"Zwischen Feudalismus und Bürgertum: Eltern-Kind-Schemata in Adalbert Stifters Brigitta," Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Winston-Salem, NC (2012)

"Drei Jahre im Weiber-Zuchthause: Emotional Labor in Prison," Philological Association of the Carolinas, Asheville, NC (2011)

"Between Brothel, Bar, And Buffet: a German Travel Autobiography From Argentina And the Yukon Territory Back To Berlin," Philological Association of the Carolinas, Charleston, SC (2010)

"What Workers Knew: Autobiographical Responses to Class Inequalities in Imperial Germany," Downtown Dialogues in the Humanities, ECU, Greenville (2009)

"Imagined Communities: Autobiographies of Working-Class Women in Imperial Germany," ECU International Scholars Symposium, Greenville (2009)

"Crossing National, Class, and Gender Frontiers in the (Fictitious?) Autobiography of Mieze Biedenbach," German Studies Association Conference, San Diego (2007)

"German Culture from WWII to Today," ECU, School of Education, East Carolina Foreign Language Educators Collaborative (2006)

"Mieze Biedenbachs Erlebnisse: An Intrepid Waitress in Imperial Germany (1876-1905)," Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2006)

"'Schmutzige Fabrikkinder'? Childhood Narratives in Working-Class Autobiographies of the Late Nineteenth Century," Philological Association of the Carolinas, Myrtle Beach, SC (2005)

"Laborious Reproduction: Working-Class Experiences of Mothering and Marriage in Imperial Germany," Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Charleston, SC (2003)

"Autobiographical Agency: Working-Class Women in Imperial Germany," Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Greenville, SC (2002)

"'Für die Mutlosen und Verzagten': Questions of Subjectivity in Working-Class Autobiographies of the Late Nineteenth Century," Tales Told by Women: German Women's Writings of the 18th and 19th Centuries, Athens, GA (2002)

"Constructions of Self in Late-Nineteenth Century Autobiographies of the Working Class," Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Wilmington, NC (2001)

"Peter Schneider's Vati: A Contested Narrative," Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Greenville, NC (1997)

"'Pillow Talk' in German Proletarian Autobiographies of the Late Nineteenth Century," German Studies Association Conference, Seattle (1996)

"Western Childhood Then and Now: Historical and Ideological Changes in the Family and their Commentary in German Literature," Faculty International Lecture Series, John Carroll University (1996)

"The Fragmented Ich: The Search for Identity in German-American Texts," M/MLA Annual Convention, St. Louis (1995)

"Inscriptions and Erasure: Childhood in Theodor Fontane's Novels," German Studies Association Conference, Chicago (1995)

"Hartmann von Aue's Der arme Heinrich: Transcending Medieval Girlhood," Illinois Medieval Association, 12th Annual Meeting, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb (1995)

"Der literarische Widerstand gegen die Kindheit des 19. Jahrhunderts: Fontanes Kinderjahre," M/MLA Annual Convention, Minneapolis (1993)

MENTORSHIP OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Poster presentation, "Building International Bridges for a Better Environmental Future." Four undergraduate participants. The World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina, ECU (2011)

Article, "Living Green in Germany and the United States: "Concepts of Environmental Sustainability in Two College Towns," Valley Humanities Review, Spring 2011. Five undergraduate authors.

Poster presentation, "Sustainability in German and U.S. American Public Culture." Five undergraduate participants. NC Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium , Raleigh (2010)

Poster presentation: "Sustainability in German and U.S. American Public Culture." Five undergraduate participants. ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week (2010)

ECU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award, funded: $1,550. Two undergraduate participants (2010)


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