Ingrid Zeller is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the German Department. She studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music and German language, culture, and literature at Columbia University in New York City. At Northwestern University, she has taught courses at all levels, coordinated Beginning and Intermediate German, and is currently directing the German Department Writing Center. She has been elected to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll seven times since 2003 and received the Northwestern Alumni Association Teaching Award in 2005. In 2009, she received the national AATG/Goethe-Institute Certificate of Merit Award. She was selected a Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University (2011-2012) and a faculty fellow for the Center for Civic Engagement (2012-2014).
Ingrid's teaching and research interests include the engagement with film, cities, and architecture in the context of language acquisition as is reflected in her courses Berlin: Faces of the Metropolis and East and West: Identities in Flux. She has co-produced (with Denise Meuser and Franziska Lys) Bauhaus and Beyond, a series of web-based, interactive videos of a German architecture tour in Chicago, and she is developing a website documenting German-American connections and multicultural influences on the Chicago skyline.
Ingrid also has a strong interest in the intersection between music, culture, literature, performance, and language learning. Her freshman seminar Music, Magic, and the Mysteries of Language is a cultural studies course with an emphasis on music in German history as represented through and in relation to different media. In collaboration with the School of Music, she also teaches the German language component of the two-unit course Intensive Beginning German through Musical Journeys in Vienna. Ingrid co-designed the course German through Opera (2002) and has organized a series of interdisciplinary, student-driven musical events, including Weimar Variations (2005), Magical Encounters in Vienna (2006), and Sospiro Winds: A distinctly German-American Ensemble (2007).
Among her ongoing goals is the meaningful integration of a Lernort in the curriculum resulting in student projects and innovative teaching materials, such as architectural tours in German via the Chicago Architecture Foundation and trips to musical events. As of May 2009, she is a certified volunteer docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and conducts "Rise of the Skyscraper" and "Modern Skyscraper" tours in English and "Combination Historical/Modern Skyscraper" tours in German.
At Northwestern University, Ingrid is an active member of the Council on Language Instruction (CLI), a fellow for Chapin Hall, has served as a freshman adviser, and is currently the faculty adviser for the German Undergraduate Advisory Board (GUAB). She is also an active member of the American Association for Teachers of German (AATG) and is currently the program chair for the Northern Illinois Chapter of the AATG. She regularly participates in national and international seminars (most recently Berlin, Leipzig, Bremen) and collaborates with the Goethe-Institute Chicago on projects and as a teacher trainer and presenter at workshops.
She has published and presented on films, music, architecture, drama, and other topics in the context of language acquisition.