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Cynthia Chalupa, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Chalupa studied German and English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in German Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University.

Assessment work has been a continuous thread throughout Dr. Chalupa’s career. As a doctoral student, she served as the Assistant Director of Ohio’s Collaborative Articulation and Assessment Program. Since then, she has served on the College Board AP Language Commission, on the advisory board for the ACTFL/ETS Praxis II Exam, and on the ACTFL/DLI Standards Setting Commission. She has written items for the ETS PRAXIS II exam and is a certified ACTFL OPI interviewer. She has served as member and co-chair of the AATG National German Exam Advisory Board and as a member of the AP German Language and Culture Development Committee. She is an AATG TraiNDaF fellow and has served as President, Vice-President, and Awards and Testing Chair of the West Virginia-AATG. Dr. Chalupa has published on literature and culture as well as FL pedagogy. Her publications include articles on Rilke, Trakl, ETA Hoffmann, mountaineering and German identity, international TA training, assessment development, and learner motivation. She has co-authored a teacher’s handbook on live television programming in the classroom and Neue Blickwinkel, an intermediate textbook. She has presented at a wide variety of regional, national, and international conferences and has held workshops on assessment writing and rating. Dr. Chalupa has taken students to Fulda, Germany on a study abroad program since beginning at WVU and has established internships to allow them to experience professional life abroad. Based on her love of teaching and dedication to it, she has been honored with two Outstanding Teacher awards at West Virginia University.

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