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The department welcomes Rob Ryder who is currently Visiting Professor of Instruction teaching first- and second-year German and the Business-German sequence. From 2014-2017 he was the Director of the Basic Language Program in the Germanic Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Germany, was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, and in 2009 completed his PhD in German and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University.