About UAlberta's Augustana Campus

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Kim I. (Fordham) Misfeldt, PhD (Queen's University), Zertifikat des Ergänzungsstudiengangs Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Universität Kassel), MA (University of Saskatchewan), BA (Double Honours - University of Saskatchewan)

Vice Dean Augustana Campus, Professor of German

Augustana Campus

Humanities

About Me

Dr. Kim Misfeldt is Professor of German and Vice Dean of the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. She completed her BA (Double Hons) and MA at the University of Saskatchewan, Zertifikat des Ergänzungsstudiengangs Deutsch als Fremdsprache at the Universität Kassel, and her PhD at Queen's University. Kim teaches courses in language, literature, translation, and Gender Studies. She has presented and published on second language pedagogy, drama pedagogy, Heinrich von Kleist, and Mariella Mehr. Kim has been recognized with several teaching awards: in 2013, The 3M National Teaching Fellowship; in 2011, The Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; and in 2000, The Augustana University College Distinguished Teaching Award. Other significant awards include the University of Alberta McCalla Professorship (2016-17) and the First Annual Charles Dunn COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) Award (2015).

Kim was Volunteer Director of the Canadian Summer School in Germany program from 2003-2016. This national program of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) has been in existence since 1973. CSSG offers language and culture courses at three levels as well as one course in Community Service Learning and a new course on Teaching and Learning German. CSSG takes students from universities across Canada to Kassel, Germany for 6.5 weeks each May and June for an immersive language experience.

Kim served as Department Chair of Fine Arts and Humanities 2013-2016, as Department Chair of Humanities 2006-2013, and as Divisional Chair of Modern Languages 1994-2004.



Research

Research Interests
Second language study abroad programming
Integration of pedagogies from various disciplines into language learning
Issues surrounding women’s studies and violence against women

Research Awards
McCalla Professorship 2016, awarded for “After Coming Home: Study Abroad Returnees”
The “After Coming Home” project investigates the experience of former study abroad students and will incorporate their responses and advice into the future programming, teaching and assessment of the Canadian Summer School in Germany and its articulation with domestic programs. More broadly, it will generate original knowledge about the sustained, positive linguistic and intercultural effects of study abroad in post-sojourn domestic settings as well as identify barriers to this integration.

Links about Kim's research:
UofA Augustana Campus McCalla Professorship Article


Teaching

The unifying theme of so much of what I do is found in the words “Teaching Language, Giving Voice.” Teaching language is so much more than vocabulary and grammar. It opens doors for students to new ideas, cultures, literatures, and ways of thinking. I empower my students to become autonomous learners and to develop their voices throughout the learning process. Students find their voice in my classroom because they quickly learn that I truly value what they have to say both about their learning and about themselves as people.

The atmosphere in my classroom is one of respect, where there is no such thing as a “stupid” question. I strive to help students feel free to express their opinions and questions in a safe and relaxed environment, by being present to my students and receiving their questions and responses in a supporting, non-judgemental manner. I involve everyone from the first class to the last; no one can sit in a back corner hoping to watch. Participation is vital to learning, whether in language or literature courses, and I constantly encourage (and insist on) it.

Teaching Awards

The Charles Dunn COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) Award for Outstanding Faculty Commitment to Student Success, 2015

The 3M National Teaching Fellowship, 2013

The Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2011

The Augustana University College Distinguished Teaching Award, 2000

Links about Kim's teaching:
UofA 3M National Teaching Fellowship Video
Maclean's 3M National Teaching Fellowship Article
CBC Radio 3M National Teaching Fellowship