Dr. Beret Norman joined the faculty of Boise State University in Fall 2004, after earning her Ph.D. in German from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her graduate education included a dissertation fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to conduct research in Jena and Erfurt, Thuringia, and her undergraduate education included an exchange year in Regensburg.
Her research interests lie in the areas of contemporary German and Austrian literature, film and culture, and she has published and presented papers on authors Julia Franck, Julia Schoch and Antje Rávic Strubel, on filmmaker Barbara Albert and on visual artist Neo Rauch.
Dr. Norman teaches all levels of German language, literature and culture courses. Recently she’s enjoyed creating courses focused on Berlin (“Gender and Modernity in 1920s Berlin”; “Berlin in East and West German Film”). In 2014, students awarded her the ASBSU Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In addition to teaching and scholarship, she is co-advisor with Becca Sibrian for BSU’s German Club, and she supports her colleague’s, Dr. Heike Henderson’s, work with area high school German teachers through BSU’s Concurrent Enrollment program. She also enjoys advising students—especially about study abroad opportunities and national scholarships. Currently Norman serves in her second term as a Board Member of the Idaho Humanities Council (2012-2017).
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