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Cynthia Chalupa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of German, Director of the Basic German Language Program

Dr. Chalupa completed a B.A. in German and English at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures at The Ohio State University. 

Since coming to WVU in 2001, Dr. Chalupa has developed courses on German literature and culture, Business German, pronunciation and phonetics, and courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. She also teaches foreign language methods to teacher candidates at WVU and a Norse mythology FLIT course. Dr. Chalupa serves as an advisor to undergraduate German majors and leads the WVU-Fulda University Study and Internship abroad program.

She has written on the mirror image in the works of Rilke, Trakl, and Aichinger, ETA Hoffmann, and on the link between the mirror and self-portraiture. Her work in pedagogy includes publications on international TA training, on assessment development, and on the use of live television programming in the German classroom.