Marianne K. Lancaster

Senior Lecturer of German Studies

German Studies

Office Hours: Tues. 14:00 - 14:50, Thurs. 13:00 - 13:50 & by appointment

Office: 328 Modern Languages Building

Phone: (404) 727-1032


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory University

532 Kilgo Circle
Modern Languages Building

Atlanta, Georgia 30322


Teaching Fields: Foreign Language Pedagogy, Language and Culture, Business German

Marianne K. Lancaster received her M.A. from Germany's University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1986. While a student, she attended the University of Georgia as a German Teaching Assistant in 1981-1982. After her training, she received a tenured position (Studienrätin) from the State of Bavaria in 1991. Following her move to Atlanta, she held several part-time and full-time temporary positions at Agnes Scott College, Emory University and Oglethorpe University. She headed the German Studies program at Agnes Scott in 1997-98. Marianne was appointed as a full-time lecturer in German Studies at Emory in 2000, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.

While at Emory, Marianne has developed several new courses, including a two-semester "Business German" sequence, a Freshman Seminar entitled "Boundaries", restructured "Beginning German" as a Blackboard-supported class, and co-taught "Language Across the Curriculum" classes on the European Union. She has also taught numerous undergraduate language acquisition classes, graduate reading courses, and "Major Texts: Renaissance to Modern" (Literature 210) in Comparative Literature. She received the Emory College Language Center's "Excellence in Teaching Award" in 2009 and its "Curriculum Award" in 2010.

Marianne is the German Department's First Year Coordinator, selects and oversees the Fulbright Teaching Assistant, and selects and mentors the student tutors. She has directed the department's eight-week Summer Studies Abroad Program in Vienna, Austria six times and twice co-led Emory's Halle Institute's undergraduate student study trip to Berlin and Brussels. She has served for nine years as a FAME leader (Emory College's first-year advising and mentoring program),and  as the Department's representative on the Emory College Language Center's executive committee for ten years. Marianne is a member of the Georgia chapters of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and uses the latter's guidelines (Oral Proficiency Interview) to evaluate second-year students. Every April, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Chicago, she exams students from throughout the southeastern United States for the Zertifikat Deutsch fuer den Beruf.