Diane Fern Richardson




Diane began the joint Ph.D. Transcultural German Studies program at the Universität Leipzig in 2011, where she worked at the university's Sprachenzentrum, creating and instructing online Technical English Couses. She came to the University of Arizona in 2012 for the second year of the program and switched sides to complete the program here. While at the University of Arizona, she taught German 101-300, 392 (Study Abroad in Leipzig, 2014) and led the 2015 Study Abroad Research in Munich program. She was an initiator and co-organizer of the graduate student conference, Oceans and Deserts: Charting Transdisciplinary Currents in Environment and Culture, for which she received the Director's Fund Award from the Confluencenter in 2015. From Fall 2015-Spring 2016 she was Assistant Language Program Director, supervising the graduate assistants who taught German 101-201. For two years she also taught 8-12 year olds at the German Saturday School hosted at the International School Tucson. In 2016 she completed her dissertation, which is entitled Toward a Pedagogy of Ambiguity: Incorporating and Assessing Ambiguity in a Multiliteracies-Based Foreign Language Classroom. The dissertation is based on a curriculum development project that highlights the role of ambiguity for materials and assessment development in a multiliteracies-based foreign language classroom. In 2016 she joined the Department of Foreign Languages at USMA-Westpoint as Assistant Professor of German.