Senior Lecturer Emerita in German

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Ellen Crocker retired in 2020 as Senior Lecturer in German at MIT, where she had been developing the curriculum and teaching the full range of language courses since 1981.

Crocker is author and co-author for two college-level textbooks for German published in multiple editions: the first-year textbook Neue Horizonte, Dollenmayer and Hansen, Cengage, and the intermediate-level workbook for communicative strategies Reden-Mitreden-Dazwischenreden, Heinle and Heinle, first edition co-authored with Claire Kramsch, iBook forthcoming. 

Crocker has received several grants including from the Max Kade Foundation, MIT Provost's Fund, Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities. She was awarded MIT’s Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching 2014 and the American Association of Teachers of German/Goethe Institute Certificate of Merit 1994.

For the academic year 2016/17, Crocker is serving as the Concentration Advisor for German Studies.

Research Areas / Expertise: the flow of ideas and knowledge (transnational cultural streams, creative industries and media, world religions); multilingualism and cross-cultural communication

1976 M.A. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
1972 B.A. Skidmore College