Professor of Instruction
- Kresge Hall, Room 3-331
Ingrid Zeller teaches courses at all levels in the German Department, directs the German Writing Center, serves as a director of the summer program “Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe”, and has also coordinated Beginning and Intermediate German. Trained as a pianist at the Manhattan School of Music, she studied German language, culture, and literature at Columbia University in New York City.
Professor Zeller’s teaching and research interests include curriculum design with special emphases on architecture, film, cities, and music. Her engagement with architecture finds expression in her course on “Bauhaus and Beyond - German Influences on the Chicago Skyline” and her ongoing accompanying web-project Bauhaus and Beyond. She has also co-produced (with Denise Meuser and Franziska Lys) an interactive architecture tour on the topic, a series of
Among Professor Zeller’s goals are the meaningful integration of a “Lernort” and blended learning in the curriculum, resulting in innovative teaching materials and student projects, especially in the context of
At Northwestern University, Professor Zeller is the faculty adviser for the German Undergraduate Advisory Board (GUAB) and a faculty fellow for Chapin Hall. an active member of the Council on Language Instruction (CLI), and has served as freshman adviser.
Professor Zeller has a long association with the Association for Teachers of German (AATG), for which she is a professional consultant. She has served as testing chair, program, and vice-president, and is currently the president of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the AATG. Ingrid is a co-founder of the annual Northern Illinois College German Student Immersion Day for area colleges which took place for the first time in 2013. The sixth and most recent immersion day featured German
Ingrid also serves as an AP
Professor Zeller’s engagement is reflected in the numerous teaching awards she has received. She has been elected to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll ten times and received the Northwestern Alumni Association Teaching Award in 2005. In 2009, Ingrid 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. In 2015, Ingrid was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award from the Northern Illinois AATG (American Association for Teachers of German).