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Colette van Kerckvoorde

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Colette van Kerckvoorde
Division Head in Languages and Literature
German Language and Literature
Division: Languages and Literature
Appointment: 1987

Hall College Center
413-528-7232
colette@simons-rock.edu

 

 

Education:

Kandidate in de Germaanse Filologie, Katholieke Universiteit te Brussel
Licentiate in de Germaanse Filologie, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven
MA, German, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
PhD, German, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Dissertation: A Descriptive Grammar of Jan Yperman's Cyrurgie.

Professional History:

Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Language Laboratory Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Areas of Interest:

History of the German Language • History of the English Language • Old English • Applied Linguistics • The German language as used in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, South Tyrol, East Belgium, and Liechtenstein

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

Publications
  • An Introduction to Middle Dutch. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1993.
  • A Descriptive Grammar of Jan Yperman's Cyrurgie. New York: Lang, 1994.
Book Reviews
  • Numerous book reviews for professional journals, including Language, Die Unterrichtspraxis, and Germanic Notes and Reviews.
Conference Papers
  • 2010: "Hubert von Goisern und die Neue Volksmusik." American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2011: "German as a Pluricentric Language." Northeast Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2012: "How about a D-A-CH-Approach?" Northeast Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Awards/Grants:

  • Recipient of numerous Faculty Development Fund Grants at Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • österreichischer Austauschdienst (1985, declined)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (1991)
  • Goethe-Institut (2007)
  • Austrian Federal Ministry (2009 and 2012)
  • European Recovery Program (2011)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (2011)

Other Activities:

  • I serve as the current Director of Writing and Thinking Workshop for incoming First-Year students.
  • I am an avid runner. I have completed close to fifty marathons, as well as several ultramarathons and triathlons.