- Carthage College
Gregory W. Baer is Chair of the Modern Languages Deparment and a Professor of Modern Languages. He joined the Carthage faculty in 1996.
Prof. Baer’s teaching and scholarship center on two primary areas: 20th century German culture and foreign language pedagogy. As a Germanist he has focused on the literary and filmic writings of Jurek Becker and has taught, published, and presented on representations of the Holocaust, East German film, and German identity. Prof. Baer’s scholarly work in the realm of pedagogy focuses on the use of communicative theories in the teaching of vocabulary. In 2011, Baer was honored with Carthage’s Distinguished Teacher Award.
A recipient of grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a two-time Fulbright Fellow, Prof. Baer has studied and done archival research in Munich, Potsdam and Berlin, and lived in Germany for more than 12 years. He has also mentored several student researchers who have won DAAD and Fulbright grants to teach, study, and research in Germany. He is also passionate about helping students pursue grants and fellowship and has worked with several German majors who have competed successful in national competitions for DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships (to help finance study abroad) and Fulbright Teaching Assistantships in Germany (for teaching English in Germany after graduation from Carthage).
Baer has held several administrative roles during his time at Carthage, including Director of the Honors Program, Director of Faculty Development, and Coordinator of the Self-Study for Accreditation. He continues to lead New Faculty Orientation and helps to integrate new professors into their new roles at Carthage.
Gregory Baer’s teaching and scholarship center on two primary areas: 20th century German culture and foreign language pedagogy. He teaches courses in German, interpreting written texts, and East German films. He was honored with Carthage’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2011.
Director, Student Fellowships; Chair, Modern Languages Department; Professor of Modern Languages
- Ph.D., M.A. — Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University (St. Louis)
- B.A. — Lewis and Clark College
- GER 3090: German-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life
- GER 400T Topics in German: Representations of the Holocaust
Foreign Language Pedagogy
20th Century German Literature
GDR Literature and Film
Holocaust in Literature and Film
Grants and Awards
- DAAD Group Study Visit Grant for the J-Term study tour “Representations of Germany’s Past.” 2016.
- DAAD Group Study Visit Grant for the J-Term study tour “Urban Culture in London and Berlin.” 2005.
- Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Grant for the J-Term study tour “Urban Culture in London and Berlin.” 2005.
- DAAD Fellowship, Berlin, Germany. 1993-1994.
- Fulbright Travel Grant, Berlin, Germany. 1990-1991.
- Germanistic Society of America, Quadrille Ball Grant. 1990-1991.
- Fulbright-PAD Teaching Assistantship, Munich, Germany. 1986-1987.
What students say
“Professor Gregory Baer is one of the coolest professors on campus, both as a teacher and mentor. Not only does he teach German, but he also teaches students how to learn. His classes have been the most fun and have even been beneficial for other classes that were not for my German major.” — Anna Treudt ’13