Devon Johanna Donohue-Bergeler
Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler grew up in Dallas and studied German language and literature at Boston University. After graduation, she supported U.S. study abroad participants and completed an M.A. at the Technische Universität Dresden in German Studies, Culture and Communication with a focus on teaching German as a foreign language. After a traineeship at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and an administrative job at the Universität Hamburg, she returned to her native Texas to complete a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas in Austin.
Donohue-Bergeler's work teaching in the Department of Germanic Studies and with the Center for Teaching and Learning inspired her dissertation work, for which she developed and implemented a semester-long professional development opportunity in drama-based pedagogy aimed towards graduate student instructors teaching German in the collegiate lower-division curriculum. The dissertation explored graduate student instructors' uptake of innovative pedagogy and the factors that help or hinder their engagement. Her additional research interests include teacher development, experiential learning, and study abroad outcomes. She is currently a Teaching Coach for the Goethe Institute, and joined the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio as a Senior Lecturer of German in Fall 2018.