Hello, as many of you probably know, we moved back to India in the summer of 2018 after spending 15 years in Indiana, and ever since it has been a roller-coaster ride for all four of us. One thing that has helped me keep my sanity intact is teaching. I am currently Visiting Professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University, India.
The city of Pune is a big hub for learning foreign languages. Last year I was juggling teaching at three different institutions – a private business school, a private junior college and a state university. This year I am teaching only at the state university namely University of Pune, which I am immensely enjoying. The Studentinnen are very motivated, inquisitive and brilliant, and the courses are diverse – from Study of an Author to literarische Verfilmulgen, Übersetzungstheorie und –praxis, and to even Einführung in die deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (thank you, Tracy Hall !!!). Without doubt, all this would not have been possible without the training I received at IU – the interdisciplinary approach, solid grounding in theoretical thinking, Bill Rasch’s way of making the labyrinth of complex thoughts quite lucid by asking pointed but simply formulated questions, Susanne Even’s Drama-Grammar-informed post-method, friendly, firm, yet ever-so-practical approach to teaching and handling the problems arising with it – the list can go on! So, a big thank you to each and every one of the department, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with. Hopefully, I will have more to add to this about my research career in the next year. Until then!