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Instructor Karen Fenner


Instructor of German
Office: Bliss 304

Karen A. Fenner received her B.A. from Dickinson College and her M.A. in Germanic Studies from New York University. She studied at the Universität Würzburg, in Würzburg, Germany.

Karen’s teaching focuses on the German language and also on the significance of understanding the German culture so individuals are able to communicate and manage effectively in an intercultural world. She lectures on  “Communicating Across Cultures – the Need for Cultural Knowledge in today’s Global Marketplace” at the Rutgers Business School as well as runs cross-cultural seminars at numerous multinational corporations. She has published articles on presentation styles, contrasting German and American styles of presenting, and about the different problem solving approaches used by Germans and Americans. She also helps prepare families and individuals before they are sent to Germany on assignment.


  • German 101  Beginner’s sequence
  • German 102  Beginner’s sequence
  • German 103  Beginner’s sequence
  • German 201  Intermediate German
  • German 203  Intermediate German
  • German 255 Business German
  • German 171 Contemporary German
  • German 393 Independent Research



B.A. – Dickinson College

M.A. – New York University, Germanic Studies