Professor Gregory W. Baer is a teacher and scholar active in two primary areas: 20th century German culture and foreign language pedagogy. As a Germanist he has focused on the literary and filmic writings of Jurek Becker and has taught, published, and presented on representations of the Holocaust, East German film, and German identity. Prof. Baer's scholarly work in the realm of pedagogy focuses on the use of communicative theories in the teaching of vocabulary. A recipient of grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a two-time Fulbright Fellow, he has mentored several student researchers who have won grants from those organizations to teach, study, and research in Germany.
Prof. Baer has studied and done archival research in Munich, Potsdam, and Berlin, and has lived in Germany for more than 12 years. He earned his B.A. from Lewis and Clark College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the Carthage faculty in 1996. In 2011 he was honored with Carthage's Distinguished Teacher Award. Read more
"Professor Gregory Baer is one of the coolest professors on campus, both as a teacher and mentor. Not only does he teach German, but he also teaches students how to learn. His classes have been the most fun and have even been beneficial for other classes that were not for my German major."
— Anna Treudt, '13
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