Susanne is a cultural and literary historian focusing on 19th-/20st century Germany with a research emphasis on resistance literature, particularly resistance to National Socialism, and a passion for foreign language acquisition and drama pedagogy.
She has re-introduced the J-Term in Berlin and together with Professor Joan Piorkowski (UST English Dept) will be taking a group of UST students to Germany in January of 2015.
Besides regularly presenting at regional and national conferences, Susanne has published on resistance literature and drama pedagogy.
Susanne M. Wagner, Drama Pedagogy in the Foreign Language Classroom: Wolfgang Borchert’s Das Brot, 2011 Report of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 51-65.
Susanne M. Wagner, Bühne frei für die Verschwörer. Der 20. Juli 1944 im deutschen Drama. Saarbrücken: VDM-Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-639-03557-5
Susanne is active in the profession and has held positions on the state, regional, and national level. She is currently a member of the Executive Council of the American Council of Teachers of German (AATG) as Midwest Regional Representative, the AATG-Minnesota Testing Chair, and a member of the CSCTFL Advisory Board.
Committed as an AATG-Consultant/GI Mulitplikator she regularly organizes and holds teaching workshops and professional development seminars for K-16 German teachers.
Susanne is a 2012 recipient of the "AATG/Goethe Institut Certificate of Merit" for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in schools in the United States and one of ten recipients of the 2010 TraiNDaF II (Transatlantisches interkulturelles Nachwuchsförderungsprogramm Deutsch als Fremdsprache II) leadership program, supported through a generous grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.
Susanne is the German program director, the advisor of the German club, and the organizer of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall Campus Campaign.
Prior to joining the UST faculty, she held teaching positions at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Agnes Scott College, and The Citadel.