Dr. Susanne M. Wagner received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining the UALR faculty in 2008, she held teaching positions at UMass Amherst, The Citadel, and Agnes Scott College. 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 research interests include German popular culture, foreign language acquisition, and the implementation of drama pedagogy into the foreign language classroom. Dr. Wagner has reintroduced the intensive German language classes to the German Studies program and has offered interdisciplinary seminars with the Department of Theater and Dance and the International Studies program. Dr. Wagner developed a summer abroad study option in Berlin and Düsseldorf and a semester abroad in Erfurt, Germany. She successfully took the first group abroad in the summer of 2010.
From 2010-2012 Dr. Wagner was the president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). She is currently the AATG AR Membership Chair, the Vice President for Conference in the Arkansas Foreign Language Teacher Association (AFLTA), and one of three Program Chairs for the 2013 AATG/ACTFL national convention in Orland, FL.
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. This award is presented annually to a select group of educators in the field of German. She is only one of ten recipients nation-wide of the 2010 TraiNDaF II, the Transatlantisches interkulturelles Nachwuchsförderungsprogramm Deutsch als Fremdsprache II leadership program. The TraiNDaF II program is supported through a generous grant from the Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Wagner received the UALR Distinguished Teaching Medal in 2010, she is a teacher trainer with the Goethe Institute, the academic advisor of the UALR German club, and the UALR chapter of the German national Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha (Sigma Upsilon). Together with the German Club, Dr. Wagner has organized several events on campus such as the 2009 UALR German Studies Symposium: “Perspective, Progress, and Promise: After the Berlin Wall: 20 Years of German Reunification,” the Do Deutsch Campus Weeks (2011) and the Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks (2012), generously sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC. She has published on Drama Pedagogy and on resistance to Hitler: Bühne frei für die Verschwörer. Der 20. Juli 1944 im deutschen Drama. Saarbrücken: VDM-Verlag, 2010.
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. She also likes ballroom dancing, hiking, and biking.