Dr. Kim Misfeldt is Professor of German and Vice Dean of the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. She completed her BA (Double Hons) and MA at the University of Saskatchewan, Zertifikat des Ergänzungsstudiengangs Deutsch als Fremdsprache at the Universität Kassel, and her PhD at Queen's University. Kim teaches courses in language, literature, translation, and Gender Studies. She has presented and published on second language pedagogy, drama pedagogy, Heinrich von Kleist, and Mariella Mehr. Kim has been recognized with several teaching awards: in 2013, The 3M National Teaching Fellowship; in 2011, The Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; and in 2000, The Augustana University College Distinguished Teaching Award. Other significant awards include the University of Alberta McCalla Professorship (2016-17) and the First Annual Charles Dunn COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) Award (2015).
Kim was Volunteer Director of the Canadian Summer School in Germany program from 2003-2016. This national program of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) has been in existence since 1973. CSSG offers language and culture courses at three levels as well as one course in Community Service Learning and a new course on Teaching and Learning German. CSSG takes students from universities across Canada to Kassel, Germany for 6.5 weeks each May and June for an immersive language experience.
Kim served as Department Chair of Fine Arts and Humanities 2013-2016, as Department Chair of Humanities 2006-2013, and as Divisional Chair of Modern Languages 1994-2004.
Second language study abroad programming
Integration of pedagogies from various disciplines into language learning
Issues surrounding women’s studies and violence against women
McCalla Professorship 2016, awarded for “After Coming Home: Study Abroad Returnees”
The “After Coming Home” project investigates the experience of former study abroad students and will incorporate their responses and advice into the future programming, teaching and assessment of the Canadian Summer School in Germany and its articulation with domestic programs. More broadly, it will generate original knowledge about the sustained, positive linguistic and intercultural effects of study abroad in post-sojourn domestic settings as well as identify barriers to this integration.
Links about Kim's research:
Second Language Study Abroad Programming, Pedagogy, and Participant Engagement
Editors: Plews, John, Misfeldt, Kim (Eds.) https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319771335
The unifying theme of so much of what I do is found in the words “Teaching Language, Giving Voice.” Teaching language is so much more than vocabulary and grammar. It opens doors for students to new ideas, cultures, literatures, and ways of thinking. I empower my students to become autonomous learners and to develop their voices throughout the learning process. Students find their voice in my classroom because they quickly learn that I truly value what they have to say both about their learning and about themselves as people.
The atmosphere in my classroom is one of respect, where there is no such thing as a “stupid” question. I strive to help students feel free to express their opinions and questions in a safe and relaxed environment, by being present to my students and receiving their questions and responses in a supporting, non-judgemental manner. I involve everyone from the first class to the last; no one can sit in a back corner hoping to watch. Participation is vital to learning, whether in language or literature courses, and I constantly encourage (and insist on) it.
The Augustana University College Distinguished Teaching Award, 2000
The CAUTG (Canadian Association of University Teachers of German have created a new award: The Kim Misfeldt Prize for Intercultural Awareness and Competence in Study Abroad
By awarding the annual Kim Misfeldt Prize, the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG), in partnership with the Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG), recognizes an undergraduate student participant of the CSSG for superior achievement in developing intercultural awareness and intercultural communicative competence.
Purpose: The CAUTG is a professional association focused on fostering and promoting German Studies in Canada. The Kim Misfeldt Prize contributes to fulfilling the CAUTG’s intentions to recognize undergraduate achievements and to provide a transcultural bridge through intellectual engagement and participation in the international community. The Prize honours and celebrates the outstanding contributions made by Dr. Kim Misfeldt as Director of the CSSG for 14 years and an instructor there for 15 years, and in this regard her unparalleled service to the CAUTG and especially to over 700 students from universities across Canada who studied with her in Germany. In particular, the Prize rewards the outstanding performance of an undergraduate student in developing intercultural awareness and competence through engagement in CSSG coursework and educational and cultural activities during the sojourn abroad.
Eligibility: All program participants enrolled as undergraduate students in CSSG courses in a given year (May-June) are eligible and will be considered for the Prize. These courses include German language and culture immersion at all levels, teaching and learning German, and German immersion international community service learning.
The Prize: The Prize will be awarded to an undergraduate student at the CSSG who has demonstrated superior academic achievement and the development of personal intercultural competence through graded coursework, active and engaged participation in the cultural program, and interpersonal interaction in German with all CSSG community members (peers, instructors, and host family).
The Prize will consist of an award of $500. This sum will be paid in cash to the recipient.
The Prize is to be awarded for the first time at the end of the CSSG 2019.
German 101 and 102 are designed to develop ability in reading and writing German, with a strong emphasis on the development of comprehension and oral communication skills. During this process, the student participates in a wide variety of interactive activities and is also exposed to contemporary culture of German-speaking countries. These two courses not only encourage the student to think critically about the principles of grammar as they relate to the German language, but also stimulate an in-depth understanding of the principles by which language functions in general. These two courses also lead the student through the steps of reflective learning as they consider and discuss language learning strategies. Notes: The course is not open to a student with credit in German 30. AUGER 101 does not count toward the major in Modern Languages or the minor in German.Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
Continuation of AUGER 101. Prerequisite: AUGER 101. Notes: The course is not open to a student with credit in German 30. AUGER 102 does not count toward the major in Modern Languages or the minor in German.Winter Term 2021
Designed to develop fluency in speaking, with emphasis on comprehension and writing skills. The essential rules of grammar are studied. Prerequisite: One of AUGER 102, demonstration of AUGER 102 equivalency by means of a placement examination administered by the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGER 200, 201.Fall Term 2020
Continuation of AUGER 201. Prerequisite: AUGER 201. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGER 202, 200.Winter Term 2021
Thorough review of German grammar and study of refined stylistics and idioms as represented in selections of twentieth-century short stories. Colloquial expressions presently in use are studied through discussion and audiovisual presentation. Prerequisite: AUGER 200 or 202. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGER 301, 300.Fall Term 2020
Continuation of AUGER 301. Prerequisite: AUGER 301. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGER 302, 300.Winter Term 2021
2002 - 2016
The Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG) offers university-level language and culture studies in Kassel, Germany through a unique and intensive immersion program. For a period of approximately 6 ½ weeks, students participate in a full course (approximately 85 hours of classroom instruction) and in numerous additional activities: lectures at various museums, visits to theatres and operas, excursions to cities with cultural and historical significance, and a four-day trip to Berlin.The main feature of the program, though, is the students' rapid progress in linguistic skills enhanced mainly by the fact that they are immersed in German life, culture, and civilization.Find out more about CSSG