Designated Center of Excellence by the AATG
On Valentine's Day 2012, the American Association of Teachers in German (AATG), the national professional organization for scholars and teachers in German in North America, designated the German Studies Department at Emory as one of the first two German Centers of Excellence nationwide.
Following a lengthy application process that documented the department’s strengths in the four broad prescribed categories of institution, faculty, curriculum, and organization, the AATG rated the department "excellent" in each category and cited specific features of the department as particularly noteworthy:
- the faculty's commitment to teaching and research as evidenced by the recognition they have received from national and international granting agencies;
- the newly designed and integrated curriculum, a collaborative departmental project that has received national acclaim;
- the highly successful Vienna Study Abroad Program, Emory's longest-standing summer study abroad program;
- the department’s affiliation with other departments on campus such as History, Philosophy, Music, Film Studies, or the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies;
- the department’s ability to have raised over $100,000 in order to establish a Scholarship Fund in honor of recently retired Senior Lecturer Viola Westbrook;
- the active Advisory Council (established in 2007) that has been instrumental in bringing speakers to campus and establishing the summer internship program through the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany;
- the department’s rich extra-curricular offerings which are possible due in part to the work of the Fulbright Teaching Assistant with the residents of the German House.
The department is delighted to have been acknowledged as one of the leading German undergraduate programs in the country and is grateful for all the support of its efforts from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and administrators.