Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Randall P. Donaldson

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Associate Professor of German

410-617-2299
rdonaldson@loyola.edu
Office: 351D Maryland Hall

Education

  • The Johns Hopkins University, M.A., Ph.D (German)
  • Pomona College, B.A. (German Language)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • German-American history, culture, and literature
  • German literature of the nineteenth century
  • Computer-aided language learning (CALL)

Lectures and Presentations

  • “Bremerhaven to Baltimore: the story of one immigrant’s journey,” 32nd Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, Williamsburg, VA, 18 April 2008
  • “Setting Sail for the New World,” 31st Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, Lawrence KS, 28 April 2007.
  • “Digital Access to the Past,” 30th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies (co-hosted by the Pennsylvania German Society), Lancaster, PA, 6 May 2006.
  • “The History of German-American Lutherans and their Worship,” invited lecture before the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid Atlantic for its meeting at Zion Lutheran Church on 16 April 2005.
  • “German Reformed Churches and the Law of Supply and Demand: The problem of supplying churches with appropriately trained pastors in nineteenth-century German-America,” 29th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, 6 May 2005.
  • “Nietzsche in German-America,” 25th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, 4 May 2001.
  • “Tandem learning in the MOO,” EUROCALL 99: Université de Franche-Compté, Besançon, France, 17 September 1999.
  • “Empowering Student Learning in Cyberspace through CALL,” CALL 1999, University of Exeter, Exeter, England, 10 September 1999.
  • “Fostering learner collaboration in an on-line environment: Tandem learning in the MOO,” CAL 99: Virtuality in Education, Institute of Education, University of London, London, England, 30 March 1999 (with M. Kötter).
  • “Free Religion in Nineteenth-Century German America,” 23rd Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, New Ulm, Minnesota, 23 April 1999.
  • “Language Learning in a MOO: Creating a Transoceanic Bilingual Virtual Community,” paper presented at joint international conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities, Lagos Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary, 6 July 1998 (with M. Kötter, University of Münster, Germany).
  • “Robert Reitzel’s Der arme Teufel as a Vehicle for the Literary Education of German-America,” 29th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 20 April 1996.
  • “Using Computer Technology to Make Students Better and More Motivated Readers,” Joint International Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway, 27 June 1996 (with M.A. Haggstrom).
  • “High-Tech Interactive Learning on a Low-Tech Budget, ACTFL ‘96, Philadelphia, PA, 22 November 1996 (with H. Geldrich-Leffman and M.A. Haggstrom).
  • "Critical Reading in Language Learning, Culture, and Literature Courses, CATH ’95: Computers and the Changing Curriculum, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, England, 5 September 1995 (with M.A Haggstrom).
  • “Technology and Tough Love: making students better and more motivated readers,” EUROSLA 5, University College, Dublin, 10 September 1995 (with M.A Haggstrom).
  • “Technology to the Rescue: using Libra on the MacIntosh to make students better and more motivated readers,” Conference on Computer-assisted Language Learning and the Learning Environment, University of Exeter, Exeter, England, 11 September 1995 (with M.A Haggstrom).
  • “A suite of HyperCard programs to enhance reading skills in L2,” paper presented at EUROCALL ‘94, Pädagogische Hochschule, Karlsruhe, Germany, 16 September 1994.
  • “HyperCard programs to improve reading skills,” workshop presented at CATH ’94: Courseware in Action, Glasgow University, Scotland, 11 September 1994.
  • “Free Religion in German-America,” 18th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, at Penn State University, State College, PA, 15 April 1994.
  • “Developing Effective Reading Strategies on the MacIntosh,” Northeast Conference, New York City, 7 April 1994 (with M.A Haggstrom).
  • “Developing Reading Strategies for Intermediate & Advanced Levels: Hypercard on the MacIntosh, session at ACTFL ‘93, San Antonio, Texas, 20 November 1993 (with M.A Haggstrom and L.Z. Morgan ).
  • “Reading is Creative Too!," Conference on Creative and Reactive CALL, University of Exeter, England, 12 September 1993 (with M.A Haggstrom and L.Z. Morgan).
  • “Robert Reitzel, Radical Lutheran Minister in Baltimore,” Annual meeting of the Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 20 April 1993.
  • Participated in a roundtable discussion on “Techniques in the Foreign Language Classroom, Maryland Foreign Language Association Conference on Continuity in Foreign Language Instruction, Columbia Conference Center, 8 May 1993.
  • “Bridging the Gap between First and Second Year: One Approach to Integrating Diverse Backgrounds and Experiences in the Intermediate College Classroom,” AATG, Baden-Baden, Germany, 20 July 1992.
  • “Nietzsche in German America,” 16th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 3 May 1992.
  • “Making the Best of Scarce Resources in a Small College Language Classroom using HyperCard,” CALICO, Monterey, CA, 28 February 1992.
  • “The Dynamics of German-American Social Organizations,” German Studies Association, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 26 September 1991.
  • “Robert Reitzel: Lutheran Minister, Freethinker, liberal Firebrand,” 15th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 26 April 1991.
  • “The Role of the Freidenkervereine in the Acculturation of German-American Immigrants in Detroit,” 14th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 27 April 1990.
  • “The Role of Continuing Education in the small liberal‑arts College,” NUCEA (Region II), Philadelphia, 14 October 1984
  • "Julius Roderick Benedix.” NEMLA, Southwestern Massachusetts State University, North Dartmouth, MA, 10 March 1980.
  • "The Use of the Mentor‑Pupil Configuration in Grimmelshausen's Simplicissimus,” SAMLA, Atlanta, GA, 17 November 1978.

Other Professional Activities & Conferences:

  • 27th Annual Symposium, Society for German-American Studies, Loyola College, 24–27 April 2003 (I planned and coordinated the 2003 meeting, which Loyola hosted).
  • Participated in seminar on “Literatur nach der Wende” sponsored by AATG, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 10–23 June 1994.
  • "Two HyperCard Applications for the Foreign Language Classroom,” workshop presented on a graphic imaging stack for teaching German culture at the Loyola College Technology Fair, 23 September 1992.
  • Participated in seminar on “East German Short Fiction” sponsored by AATG, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 15–29 June 1991.
  • Participated in Institute on “Deutsche Literatur in beiden deutschen Staaten,” Europäische Akademie, Berlin, Germany, 16–21 July 1989.

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

Service: College Activities (Representative assignments)

  • Phi Sigma Iota, national foreign language honor society (FSI); Gamma Iota Chapter (Loyola): Advisor, 2000–2008; National Secretary, 2007–2010; President-elect, 2010–present
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Loyola College Chapter: Treasurer, 1975–1977; President, 1977–1979

Memberships in Academic Societies

  • American Goethe Society, Maryland Chapter, Vice‑President, 1973–1977; President, 1977–1979
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • Society for German‑American Studies (SGAS). First Vice-President, 2007–2009; Vice-President and President-Elect, 2009–2011; President, 2011–present
  • Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland (SHGM), Executive Board, 1986–present; Treasurer, 1987–present
  • German Society of Maryland

Publications

Monographs and Chapters in Edited VolumesMonographs, as Editor
Articles
Reviews

Monographs and Chapters in Edited Volumes      

  • “Introduction,” Changing Language Education through CALL, R.P. Donaldson & M.A. Haggstrom, editors (New York: Routledge, 2006), vii–xii [with M.A. Haggstrom].
  • The Literary Legacy of a ‘Poor Devil’: The Life and Work of Robert Reitzel (1849–1898). New York, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2002, 244 pp.
  • Chapter on the “USA” in Bibliographie zur deutschen Sprache und deutschsprachigen Literatur im Nord- und Lateinamerika (1945 ff.), Hildesheim: Olms, 1990, 47–130.

Monographs, as Editor:

  • Developed and brought online http://www.shgm.org, the website of the with the help of Charles Lockwood and a number of others at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. The website makes available the complete run of the Report: A Journal of German-American History, the journal of the Society, in a form which allows word-level searches.
  • “From the Potomac to the Patapsco: Ingeborg in Baltimore,” a small volume to accompany a poetry reading in German and English by Ingeborg Carsten-Miller on 15 March 2007.
  • Changing Language Education through CALL. New York: Routledge, 2006. xii, 285 pp. [with M.A. Haggstrom]
  • The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 45, (2004), xii, 120 pp.
  • The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 44 (2000), 124 pp.
  • The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 43 (1996), 104 pp.
  • The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 42 (1993), 92 pp.
  • The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 41 (1990), 67 pp.

Articles

  • “Genealogy versus History: Generating Synergy,” Yearbook of German- American Studies 45 (2010), 177–192.
  • “The First American Doctorate in German,” The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 45 (September 2004), 41–43.
  • “Using CALL to Address Changes in Student Learning Styles,” C.A.L.L.—The Challenge of Change: Research & Practice (Exeter: Elm Bank Publishing, 2001), 31–40), Ed. K. Cameron [with M.A Haggstrom].
  • “The Joseph Horner Library of the German Society of Pennsylvania,” The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 44, (February 2000), 1–4.
  • “Empowering Student Learning in Cyberspace,” Selected Papers from CALL: The Learning Community (Exeter: Elm Bank Publishing, 1999), 137–142.
  • “Language learning in a MOO: creating a transoceanic bilingual virtual community,” Literary and Linguistic Computing, 14, 1 (April 1999), 67–76 [with M. Kötter].
  • “Language learning in Cyberspace: Teleporting the Classroom into the Target Culture,” CALICO Journal, 16, 4 (June 1999), 531–557 [with M. Kötter].
  • "Robert Reitzel (1849–1898) Lutheran Minister, Freethinker, and Liberal Firebrand,” The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 43 (1996), 57–65.
  • “Reading is Creative, Too! A Discussion of Two HyperCard Stacks which can Facilitate Second-Language Reading Comprehension,” Computer Assisted Language Learning, 7: 3 (November 1994), 195–208 [with M.A. Haggstrom and L.Z. Morgan].
  • “Making the Most of Scarce Resources: A Small College Language Department’s Experience with HyperCard,” CALICO Journal, 11: 4 (Summer 1994), 41–59 [with L.Z. Morgan].
  • “German-American Social Organizations in Baltimore, Part I,” The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 42 (1993), 23–29.
  • “The Role of German‑American Social Groups in the Assimilation of German Immigrants,” The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 41 (1990), 33–41.
  • “Robert Reitzel (1849–1898) and his German‑American Journal, Der Arme Teufel,” Occasional Papers of the Society for German‑American Studies, No. 8 (1980), 1–19.

Reviews

  • Review of Robert W. Frizzell, Independent Immigrants: A Settlement of Hanoverian Germans in Western Missouri (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri, 2007), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 42, 148–149.
  • Review of Robert L. Koenig, One Man’s Mission to Wage the Great War in America (New York: PublicAffairs, 2006), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 42, 167–168.
  • Review of Gary Carl Grassl, The Search for the First English Settlement in America: America’s First Science Center (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 41, 198–199.
  • Review of Krista O’Donnell, Renate Bridenthal, Nancy Reagin, eds., The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germanness (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2005), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 41, 179–180.
  • Review of Charles R. Mack and Henry H. Lesesne, Francis Lieber and the Culture of the Mind (Charleston, SC.: The University of South Carolina Press, 2005), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 40 (2005), 178–179.
  • Review of Werner Mohr, Albert Bloch: Caricaturist, Social Critic, and Translator of Karl Kraus (Riverside, CA: Ariadne Press, 2003), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 40 (2005), 198–199.
  • Review of Annemarie Reuter Schomaker, Out of the Ashes: Berlin 1930 to 1950 (n.p.: 1st Books Library, 2003), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 39 (2004), 164–165.
  • Review of William D. Keel et al., eds., Unsere Leute: The Volga Germans of West Central Kansas—Aspects of Their History, Politics, Culture and Language (Lawrence, KS: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, the University of Kansas and the Volga German Society, 2004), Yearbook for German-American Studies, 39 (2004), 165–166.
  • Review of Peter C. Merrill, German-American Urban Culture: Writers & Theaters in Early Milwaukee (Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Study, 2000), Yearbook of German-American Studies, 38 (2003), 345–346.
  • Review of Carlotta R. Anderson, All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998), The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 44, (February 2000), 119–120.
  • Review of Antonius Holtmann, ed., Ferner thue ich euch zu wissen…: Die Briefe des Johann Heinrich zur Oeveste aus Amerika 1834–1876 (Bremen: Edition Temmen, 1995), The Report: A Journal of German-American History, 44, (February 2000), 120–121.