Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures

ASB 264
219.464.5344
sarah.deMaris@valpo.edu

 

Education

  • 1983 Ph.D. Princeton University
  • 1977-78 Fulbright Research Scholar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
  • 1977 A.B. University of Illinois

Contributions

Publications

“Anna Muntprat’s Legacy for the Zoffingen Sisters: A Second Copy of the Unterlinden Schwesternbuch.” Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum und deutsche Literatur 144 (2015): 359-378.

Johannes Meyer: Das Amptbuch. Monumenta Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum Historica 31. Rome: Angelicum University Press, 2015 (xxxii + 538).

“Greening the German Classroom: Starting Points for a Cultural Lesson.” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 46 (2013): 149-162.

“Developing an International Engineering Experience for Undergraduate Students at a Small Institution.” Online Journal for Global Engineering Education 2 (2007):1. <http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/ojgee/vol2/iss1/2/>.

“German Colonists in Southwest Africa: the Farm and the Pulpit.” Studies in Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures 4 (1990): 84-91.

Reviews

Wachinger, Burghart. Der Mönch von Salzburg. Zur Überlieferung geistlicher Lieder im späten Mittelalter. In: Journal of English and Germanic Philology 91 (1992): 285-287.

Kugler, Hartmut. Die Vorstellung der Stadt in der Literatur des deutschen Mittelalters. In Journal of English and Germanic Philology 88 (1989): 371-373.

D’Avray, D.L. The Preaching of the Friars. Sermons diffused from Paris before 1300. In Speculum 64 (1989):151-153.

Passage, Charles. Titurel. In Germanistik 28 (1987): 833.

International and National Conference Presentations

2016
“Providing a Mutual Impulse to Write: Elisabeth Kempf and Johannes Meyer.” Annual International Medieval Congress.

“Das Unterlindener Schwesternbuch: eine neue Handschrift stellt sich vor.” Annual meeting of the Arbeitskreis geistliche Frauen im europäischen Mittelalter (AGFEM).

2015
“The Responsibility to Observance: Johannes Meyer’s Epistolary Instruction.” Annual International Medieval Congress.

“Self-conscious Co-transmission of Texts: Changing the Unterlinden Schwesternbuch.” Annual conference of the Medieval Academy of America.

2013
“The Tie That Binds: Valpo’s Meta-Curriculum.” Joint annual conference of the AATG and ACTFL.

2010
“Intra-University Collaborations with German.” Joint annual conference of the AATG and ACTFL.

2007
“Klein aber fein: Educating Engineers Globally at the Small University.” 10th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education; with Eric Johnson.

2006
“Providing an Integrated International Experience for Undergraduate Engineering Students at a Small Institution.” Annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education; with Eric Johnson and Douglas Tougaw.

2005
“Coping with Authority: Epistolary Friendship and Hidden Discourse between Dominican Prioresses.” Annual conference of the Modern Language Association.

“German Program Successes and Innovations.” Joint annual conference of the AATG and ACTFL.

1999
“A Form of Resistance: the St. Gallen Sisters and Self-Initiated Dominican Reform.” 34th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.   

1993
“The Art of Daily Life: Manuscript Illustration in a Rule Book for Dominican Nuns.” Annual conference of the Medieval Academy of American.

1992
“Transmission History of H XIV: a Nuremberg Manuscript for Reformed Dominican Nuns.” 19th Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies. (Abstract: Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research 36 (1992): 171-172.)

“The Art of Daily Life: Manuscript Illustration in a Rule Book for Dominican Nuns,” 27th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.

1986
“Das Amptbuch: a Fifteenth-Century Guide for Librarians.” Annual conference of the Modern Language Association.

“Salomônis hûs: a Cistercian Sermon Cycle.” 21st Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.

1985
“Typologies of Mary’s Assumption in the Literary and Representative Arts.” 20th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.

“Thecla as Role Model in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript.” Annual conference of the Modern Language Association.

1984
“The 13th-Century Revolution in Information and its Impact on German Sermon Collections.” 19th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.

1983
“The Medieval Vernacular Sermon: a Footnote to Sacred Art.” Annual conference of the Modern Language Association.

Regional Conference Presentations

2012
“Communicating Culture through German Mystery Novels.” 44th Annual Conference of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

2011
“Old German Scripts: a Cultural Unit for Your Students” 43rd Annual Conference of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

2009
“How Language Works: Introducing Historical Linguistics to Students of German.” 41st Annual Conference of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

2008
“Der Totentanz: A Cultural Unit for the German Classroom.” 40th Annual Conference of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

2003
“Engineering and German at Valparaiso University: Preparation for the Global Marketplace.” Annual conference of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

1992
“Resisting and Accepting: German Dominican Women and the 15th-Century Reform.” Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

1990
“German Colonists in Southwest Africa: the Farm and the Pulpit.” Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Courses Taught

  • German language at all levels, including business German and German in the media.
  • German literature from the medieval period to the present.
  • German film.
  • History of the German language.
  • German literature in English translation.
  • General Education: Valparaiso University’s Freshman Seminar and Freshman Core.

Memberships

  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) (since 1997)
    • 2002-2006 Treasurer of the Indiana Chapter
    • 2000-2002 President of the Indiana Chapter
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) (since 2000)
  • Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA)
    • 2005-2007 President
    • 2003-2005 Vice President
  • Medieval Academy of America (MAA) (since 1983)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) (since 1981)
  • The Phi Beta Kappa Society (since 1976)
  • 2016- present Historian, Eta of Indiana
  • 2008-2015 Treasurer, Eta of Indiana
  • 2004-2005 Charter President, Eta of Indiana

Recognitions

2015-2016
Valparaiso University: Philip and Miriam Kapfer Endowed Faculty Research Award

2011
Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association: Indiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year
American Association of Teachers of German, Indiana Chapter: German Language Teacher of the Year

2004
American Association of Teachers of German: National Certificate of Merit

1998
Valparaiso University: Summer Research Award

1992
Fulbright Commission: Deutsche Landeskunde Seminar

1991
Indiana University, Ball Brothers Foundation: Lilly Library Grant

1990-1991
Valparaiso University: University Research Professorship

1987
Valparaiso University: Summer Research Award
Valparaiso University: Expense Award

1986
Valparaiso University: Summer Research Award

1984
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Short-term Research Grant
Valparaiso University, Summer Research Award

1978-1982
Princeton University: Graduate Fellowship

1977-1978
Fulbright Commission: Research Fellowship
Delta Phi Alpha German Honorary Society: National Fellowship

1976
The Phi Beta Kappa Society: junior year election

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