Professor Emerita of German and Director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies
433 Pardee Hall

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  • B.Ed. with a specialization in Foreign Language Pedagogy (ESL)
    Pädagogische Hochschule, Vienna and Baden, Austria (1977)
  • MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures
    University of Illinois (1981)
  • MA and Ph.D. in German Studies
    Rice University (1990)

Lamb-Faffelberger teaches all courses throughout the four-year German curriculum where language learning and cultural inquiry go hand in hand. She makes innovative use of authentic German materials through technology. In her advanced German seminars, students work with writers and artists from German-speaking countries who, during their semester-long residency funded by the Max Kade Foundation, collaborate on projects such as creative writing, research into German cultural production in 19th century America, or the performance of a German play.

Lamb-Faffelberger’s area of specialization is 20th century and contemporary Austrian literature and film, in particular, the ouvre of Nobel Laureate for Literature (2004) Elfriede Jelinek, and  serves on the scholarly advisory board of the “Jelinek Forschungszentrum” at the University of Vienna. She is a founding member of the Austrian Studies Association (formerly known as MALCA) and serves as general editor of the book series Austrian Culture by Peter Lang Publishing (New York, Oxford, Vienna).

Andrew W. Mellon grant for innovative teaching methods with technology (1994 – 2001), DAAD grants for professional development (UPenn, 1992) and as lead organizer of the Coalition of Women in German Conference (2012, 2013, 2014). At Lafayette College, she was recognized for excellence in teaching and scholarship with the Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Faculty Lecture Award (1999) and the Delta Upsilon Distinguished Mentoring and Teaching Award (2003). She also received the national award for excellence in foreign language instruction with technology funded by Cengage and the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (2009). In 2011, she was inducted into the Austrian writer’s association Podium.