Carol Strauss Sotiropoulos

Carol Strauss Sotiropoulos
Professor, German

Professor | Began teaching at NMU in 2001

Degrees Held:

  • B.A., Clark University
  • M.A., Clark University (German and Comparative Literature) 
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut (Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies)

Favorite place to visit abroad: City: Vienna Austria / Countryside: Corinthian Gulf, Greece

Favorite subject to teach and why you like to teach: I can honestly say that I am totally enthused about every course, whether language or content based.

I love classroom engagement and trust students to sense that for every class session their grasp of the material and progress is my #1 goal, and that their classroom is the only place I wish to be.

In talking more specifically about cognitive rewards for myself, these always center on my learning something new and inspirational from students. In a German language course it may be that a student raises a question that leads me into a more effective way to teach a concept or vocabulary field.  In a content course, e.g., German Culture/Civilization, German Film & Fiction, European Romanticism, etc., it often happens that students make observations and connections that punch holes in traditional understandings of an historical course of events or of a literary work or a socio-cultural “fact.” These are thrilling moments that nudge me to think in new ways and invigorate the “how’s” and “what’s” of my teaching.

Fun Fact: Secret wish, now public: to operate a Dairy Queen (in Europe perhaps??) :)