Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lalumiere Hall, 474
1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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John Pustejovsky is a graduate of Marquette University, and earned a PhD in German literature at The University of Texas in Austin. A faculty member at Marquette since 1982, he has distinguished himself as a teacher. He was awarded the University's John P Raynor Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004; in 2007 his course on the Modern German Short Story was named by the Educational Testing Service to its list of 25 best world language courses in the U.S. He was co-founder of the College's first-year seminar Introduction to Inquiry, and has given workshops on it at Boston College, Georgetown, and Northwestern University. In 2012 he was named Wisconsin's Distinguished German Educator, and the following year was awarded the Jesuit Honor Society's Lifetime Service Recognition.
“My classroom approach is very simple: Develop students who write and read German well. I ask language students to use German the same way they use English, basing assessment on writing whole ideas in sound sentences, not filling in blanks. In a literature course, my students are challenged to become sophisticated readers, to find their own, real questions about a short story, poem, or film, and to answer it using logical argument and solid evidence. And I see to it there's a rich portion of humor served up every day.”
“Why does someone study German? Sometimes having a German Oma or Opa is reason to start, sometimes it's the clear sense that learning German gets you into a big, diverse club. And why does someone keep learning it? Because the experiences of Germans have shaped the world, and knowing this powerful, beautiful language brings you closer to the lived experiences of generations of brave, creative, brilliant people.”