2015 – 2016 Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
2015 – 2016, Executive Committee, School of Literature, Cultures, and Linguistics, University of Illinois
2014 – 2016, Provost’s Committee, Academic Program Review Council, University of Illinois
2014-2016, Honors Council, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois
2005–2010, Head, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
2007–2008, Chair, Humanities Council, University of Illinois
2005-2007, Awards Committee, School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, University of Illinois
2006–Chair, Annual CIC/Big Ten German Chairs and Language Co-ordinators Meeting, organized and hosted at the University of Illinois, October
2004 – 2005, Director of Graduate Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
1998–1999, CIC Fellow, Academic Leadership Program (ALP), University of Illinois (Nominated by former UIC Chancellor, Sylvia Manning)
1985 –1986, Chair, German Department, College of Wooster, Ohio
1985 – 1987, Visiting Assistant Professor of German, College of Wooster, Ohio
1987 – 1994, Assistant Professor of German, University of Illinois
1994 – 2004, Associate Professor of German, University of Illinois
2005 – Full Professor of German, University of Illinois
1998–Visiting Professor of German, Georg August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, Seminar für deutsche Philologie, one semester; taught one Lecture (“Vorlesung,” “jüdische Autoren deutscher Literatur” and one graduate seminar (Hauptseminar,” “Nürnberg im 17. Jahrhundert”)
2006–Visiting Marie Goeppert Mayer Professor of Gender Studies, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, Germany, one semester; taught four courses (Gender studies, early German libretto; block seminar on musicians and music in early modern festival books; woman and early German performance)
2011 Guest professorship: 30th Wolfenbüttel Summer Seminar August 2011
Co-Director with Wolfgang Behringer, History, Universität des Saarlandes, Summer Seminar, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, invited professorship for two-week long graduate summer course, “Körper und Kommunikation” (Communicating the Body) at one of the preeminent research centers for early modern studies in Europe. Twenty advanced PhD students from the Sorbonne, Warsaw, Harvard, Princeton, Duke, University of California Santa Barbara, Washington University, the Universities of Bielefeld, Bonn, Cologne, Greifswald, Vienna, the National University of Ireland, and York University from the fields of history, art history, German literature, music, dance, and Renaissance Studies.
2016 – guest professorship, Stockholms Universitet (SU), May 2016.
In addition to the invited lectures listed below while in Sweden I engaged in the following activities: SU’s Post-Doc day; SU’s Literature Day; the presentation of a dissertation project in the German Department; German Dept coffee hour; met with department head to write an INSPIRE proposal. At the Royal Library of Sweden, I met and consulted with librarians about research. At the Royal Castle, I also met with the Keeper of the Royal Collections, about a publication and research. At the Royal Armory, I visited two exhibitions pertinent to my research, one on royal funerals and one on trade with the Orient. Consulted there with a curator.
“Emblematica Online: Resources for Early Modern Studies and Beyond,” Stockholm University, 19 May 2016 (one-hour lecture)
“Emblematica Online: Learning to Search and Browse for your Research,” Stockholm University, 19 May 2016 (two-hour workshop)
“Early Modern Networks: Dynastic Women at North German Courts,” Stockholm University, Keynote at the Literature Day, May 25, 2016
While in Uppsala I also met with senior faculty to discuss potential future research projects, including conference panels in 2017, a potential grant application, and a digital edition.
“The Emblem: From Early Modern Social Networks to Emblematica Online,” Uppsala University, invited lecture, 30 May 2016.
Zero-Time (Adjunct) Appointments at the University of Illinois and elsewhere
1996 – Comparative and World Literatures
1997 – Media and Cinema Studies
1998 – Gender and Women’s Studies
1999 – Program for Jewish Studies and Culture
2004 – Library Administration
2006 – International Programs and Studies
2007 – European Union Center
2009 – Associate Member, Center for Jewish Studies, University of Chicago
Honors, Recognitions, and Outstanding Achievements
2014 – Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, Fellow, one –semester release time from teaching to conduct research (Fall 2014).
2011 –Summer Seminar, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Co-Director with Wolfgang Behringer, History, Universität des Saarlandes, See visiting appointments.
2006 – 15 April-30 July, Maria Goeppert Mayer Visiting Professor, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, Germany. This included teaching four courses; receiving two research assistants; participating in a conference organized in my area of research with a published volume of essays; delivering a public lecture (nominated by Professor Susanne Rode-Breymann). See visiting appointments.
2005 – Co-Director with Daniel S. Russell, Pittsburgh, Consortium Seminar, Newberry Library Chicago, “The European Emblem,” Fall semester
2000 – Director, Consortium Seminar, Newberry Library Chicago, “The Northern European Court Festival,” Fall semester
1999 – Guest Professor, University of Göttingen, Institut für deutsche Philologie
1998 – 1999, Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program (ALP), UIUC (Nominated by former UIC Chancellor, Sylvia Manning)
1996 – Program for the Study of Cultural Values and Ethics, University of Illinois, one–semester release time from teaching to conduct research.
1992 – Program for the Study of Cultural Values and Ethics, University of Illinois, one–semester release time from teaching to conduct research.
1990 – Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, Associate, one–semester release time from teaching to conduct research.