Gateway Faculty 2014
- Sabine von Mering is an associate professor of German and director for the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis. As a German national who has lived in the United States for 17 years (and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen) with U.S.-born children, von Mering understands very well what it means to be an international student and to navigate the challenges of a multicultural existence.
Von Mering began her exploration with five years of training as a teacher of English as a second language at the Universities of Köln and Göttingen in Germany. (She also studied Latin, French and Dutch). After her state exam in Göttingen, she worked as a translator and interpreter at Business Language Consultancy in London. In 1992 she became the German language scholar at Reed College in Portland, Ore., where she studied Spanish and organized German cultural events. At the University of California-Davis, she earned a doctorate in German literature and women's studies.
Von Mering's pedagogical training includes courses in second-language acquisition and pedagogical psychology. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Brandeis, where she currently teaches courses in German language, European cultural studies and film studies, as well as Jewish-German cultural history. She has also taught cross-cultural introductory humanities courses to first-year students and directed a six-week Berlin summer program for three years. As director of the Center for German and European Studies, she produces a rich co-curricular program on the Brandeis campus, with lectures, conferences, author readings and film screenings throughout the academic year.
- David Tennant is in his second year with the Gateway Scholars Program. He holds a BA (Honors, Highest Distinction) in Literatures in English from UC San Diego where he also minored in Linguistics and completed coursework in Spanish-language Literature up to the Masters level. He also holds an MA in English from Boston College where his research concentrations were Renaissance poetics, drama, and pedagogy. At Boston College, Tennant taught classes in first-year Composition and Literature as well as an upper-division Shakespeare course for English majors. For five years, he was an instructor in English and the Humanities at Mount Ida College where he taught a range of courses from developmental writing to an inter-disciplinary Junior Seminar. He has also served as chair advisor for both Honors and Senior Capstone projects. Tennant currently teaches in the College Writing Program at UMass Lowell and the Accelerated Learning Program at Middlesex Community College.
Tennant’s work with ESL students began as a peer tutor in the Writing Center at Los Angeles Valley College in 1997. More recently, he continued that work as a professional tutor in the Writing Center at Mount Ida College, and he has now worked with ESL students from China, Japan, Russia, Armenia, Turkey, Haiti, Nigeria, Egypt, and Cameroon. In 2011, he advised an International student on her Senior Capstone thesis on Japanese-American Food and Culture. Tennant enjoys working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and he is especially committed to education as a transformational experience.
- Scott Moore earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Chico, where he taught courses in literature, composition, and rhetoric in writing. During his stay in Northern California, he also spent time as a writing tutor, and worked as a technical writer for the CSU Research Foundation. Defending his dissertation on the failure of meritocracy in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, Scott received his Ph.D. in English from Brandeis in August 2013, and currently teaches Composition in the university writing program. He is also TESOL certified, and has taught sections of the Brandeis University Writing Seminar, engaging topics such as the frontier in the American imaginary, and the manifestation of aristocracy in American literature and culture.
Laura John is excited to begin teaching in the Gateway Scholars Program. She received her B.A. in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in anthropology from Brandeis and has taught writing at Brandeis for several years, including Composition and UWS courses in the Writing Program. She has also taught courses in the Anthropology Department and in the Summer School.
Laura enjoys interacting with students from various cultural backgrounds, since they consistently bring fresh perspective and insight to various subjects. She particularly enjoys discussing students’ ideas about everyday cultural matters – film, television, casual speech - and being a part of the process of writing development from initial thoughts to final written product. Her own current research interests center on discussions of the national past versus presentations of local identities in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and in two smaller museums on the Isle of Skye, where she did her dissertation fieldwork.
Tamara Kitchen Rizzo teaches graduate academic writing and oral communications for GSAS and IBS students through the English Language Program at Brandeis University and is looking forward to teaching Academic Oral Communications in the Gateway Scholars Program. She holds a MAT in TESOL from the School for International Training, TESL Certificates from the School of TESOL, Seattle University and California State University, a B.S. in History from the University of Oregon, and previous teaching licenses (ELL) from the states of Oregon and Vermont.
Tamara has been teaching, developing language courses, and consulting for professional programs in the field of English language development for over 18 years. She has lived and taught internationally for the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates, the National University of Singapore, Chengdu University of Technology, and Beijing Coalmining Management College in China She most recently consulted for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Peradeniya and conducted teacher training in Sri Lanka. She was also an instructor at Kansas State University, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and for various community colleges in the U.S.
Tamara enjoys living, working, and traveling in various cultures and is dedicated to enabling students to assess and meet their language needs.
Kat Solomon is excited to join the Gateway Scholars Program for the first time this summer. In spring 2014, she taught courses focusing on oral communications skills for GSAS and IBS Students at Brandeis University. She has also worked as a Writing Specialist at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies and has taught courses in academic writing for international students at Washington University in St. Louis. She first became interested in teaching international students while working for a private language school in Moscow, Russia.Kat has a M.Ed. in TESOL from Boston University, where she completed coursework in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. She also has a MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied literature and fiction writing, producing a collection of original short stories. As an undergraduate she studied Creative Writing and Russian Studies at Oberlin College. She loves working with international students and learning about other languages and cultures.