Dr. Amanda Sheffer is a Clinical Associate Professor of German Studies and the German Advisor in the Department of Modern Languages at Catholic University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dissertation entitled Deranged Doctors and Panicked Patients: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Fin de Siècle Literature. Dr. Sheffer focuses on pedagogy through the teaching of Austria and German for Professional Purposes in the basic language classroom. Her current research looks at the intersection of medicine and science in modern Austrian literature as well as how using a multidisciplinary approach to 21st-century challenges enhances the intermediate and advanced learning environment.
Dr. Sheffer is the 2017 recipient of the national American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) FL-A-CH award for contributions in research and teaching of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and South Tyrol. She has chaired the national AATG FL-A-CH committee and served as president of the Maryland, DC, northern Virginia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), also having received their distinguished service award.