February 2017


This annual meeting (February 24 and 25, 2017) hosted every year by a different CIC Institution, brings together chairs and language coordinators of the CIC German departments to enhance cooperation between individual schools.

Hosted by the Department of German at Northwestern University
Co-sponsored by the Department of Germananic Studies, University of Chicago
and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University


Kresge Centennial Hall is located within walking distance from The Homestead and the other hotels in downtown Evanston. The German department is located on the third floor in the Northwest corner, Rm 3305. All meetings and presentations will take place in Kresge 2380 on the second floor.


Friday, February 24

8:30-9:15 am Breakfast and Coffee – Social Hour

9:15-9:30 am Welcome – Overview of Schedule and Topics

9:30-10:00 am Introduction

  • Small group discussions
    • What were your biggest challenges over the last year? How did you solve them?
    • What were some of the innovations in your department that worked well?
    • What, in your view, are the consequences of current US administrative orders and directives in relation to the operations of foreign language departments in general and German in particular?  What are possible responses at your institution, department?
    • Sharing and open discussion on results of small group interactions

10:00-10:40 am Discussion Topic 1

  • Recruitment into our classes and programs (Discussion Leader:  Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm)
    • How are the numbers in German lower-division language classes?
    • What have language program directors/departments done that has worked well with recruiting more students in their basic language classes?       

10:40-10:50 am Coffee Break

10:50-11:30 am Discussion Topic 2

  • Trends for Language Requirement (LR) at CIC institutions (Discussion Leader:  Northwestern Faculty)
    • Do CIC institutions have a Language Requirement (LR)? Results from Questionnaire.
    • New LR model at Northwestern being discussed.               

11:30 am-12:10 pm Discussion Topic 3

  • German Majors and Minors at CIC institutions (Discussion Leader:  Northwestern Faculty)
    • What does it mean to Major or Minor in German at CIC institutions? Results from Questionnaire.
    • Discussion on trends (shifting from majors to minors) and what do we mean when we say we want to “Educate Global Students”.          

12:10-2:00 pm Lunch (everyone is free to explore restaurants on or near campus, see map)

2:00-2:40 pm Discussion Topic 4

  • Basic German and CAI (Discussion Leader: Thomas Beebee)
    • What are the ideal number of classroom minutes for 1st-year German?
    • Experience with flipped classroom and CAI.

2:40-3:20 pm Discussion Topic 5

  • Online Gaming for Extracurricular Language Learning (Discussion Leader: Don Vosburg)

3:20-3:40 pm Coffee Break

3:40-4:20 pm Discussion Topic 6

  • Navigating PR: from course information to messaging to prospective students and alumni (Discussion Leader: Charlotte Melin)

4:20-5:00 pm Discussion Topic  7

  • Presentation of questionnaire results, undergraduate enrollment trend, and CIC data (Discussion Leader:  Cathy Baumann)

6:30 pm Dinner


Saturday, February 25

8:45-9:30 am Breakfast and Coffee

9:30-10:45 am Open discussion on graduate programs

  • First topic of discussion, Connected Academics (led by Sonja Fritzsche). 
  • Further topics include: time to degree issues; cooperative PhD in the BTAA in German/European Studies; Alt-ac/Global Humanities Marketplace; shared PhDs among our institutions; and alternatives to academia for our PhDs

10:45-11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 am  Final Topic:  what are the possible futures of German studies?

11:45-12:30 am  Issues and Plans for next year’s CIC meeting (discussion led by Peter Fenves)