Title: Assistant Professor of German
Office: Humanities Building 402
Erika Hille Rinker (PhD Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010) Assistant Professor of German.
Rinker is responsible for all sections of German offered at UAB and advises all German minors. Academic interests in her discipline include early twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and culture, literature and medicine, translation theory and practice, and women’s writing.
Rinker’s interdisciplinary dissertation explored stutter and silence in fin-de-siècle, critical modernist literature and presented a close reading of texts by Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Kraus, Georg Trakl, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
In an effort to expand affordable opportunities for UAB German students to study abroad, Rinker participated in the 2010 Baden-Württemberg Seminar for American Faculty in German and German Studies, sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts and the German American Fulbright Commission. As a result, intermediate German students from UAB may complete their minor in German through the Spring Intensive Program at the Universität Tübingen
In addition to Rinker’s responsibility to grow the German program, she continues to develop FLL 120 Foreign Cultures, a required course in the Foreign Language Major Common Core, as a Service Learning course. This effort has been supported through Rinker’s training as a UAB Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship. A newly established partnership with UAB’s English Language Institute creates the opportunity for FLL 120 SL and international students to engage in first-person, cross-cultural dialogues related directly to course objectives and expected learning outcomes. Together, language partners develop a better understanding of the constructed nature of cultures and a greater awareness of both the diversity within their respective cultures and how their cultures are perceived by others.