Dr. Susanne M. Wagner received her Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining the UST faculty in 2013, she held teaching positions at The Citadel, Agnes Scott College, and the University of Arkansas Little Rock.
Dr. Wagner is a German cultural and literary historian focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany with a research emphasis on resistance literature, particularly resistance to National Socialism. Other interests include German popular culture, foreign language acquisition, and the implementation of drama pedagogy into the foreign language classroom.
Dr. Wagner 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. She is only one of ten recipients nation-wide of the 2010 TraiNDaF II, the Transatlantisches interkulturelles Nachwuchsförderungsprogramm Deutsch als Fremdsprache II leadership program; and she received the UALR Distinguished Teaching Medal in 2010.
Dr. Wagner is active in the profession and has held various positions such as president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), Vice President for Conference in the Arkansas Foreign Language Teacher Association (AFLTA), and Program Chair for the 2013 AATG/ACTFL national convention.
An active member in the community, Dr. Wagner holds teacher trainer workshops, and regularly presents at regional and national conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys training her dog Glück to become a service dog, and likes to ballroom dancing, hiking, and biking.