Montana State University

Simpson completes year as research ambassador for German group

June 24, 2010


MSU German studies professor Patricia Anne Simpson Patricia Anne Simpson was honored by the German Academic Exchange Service who selected her to its inaugural class of research ambassadors. Photo by Theo Lipfert.   High-Res Available

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Patricia Anne Simpson, professor of German studies in the Montana State University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has completed a year as a research ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service, abbreviated DAAD, the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

Simpson was part of the inaugural class of 17 professors around the country honored for their long-term research projects in Germany at the doctoral level or above. The ambassadors promote research opportunities in Germany among colleagues, peers and students.

Simpson received support from DAAD to study in Freiburg and in (West) Berlin. She has taught all aspects of German-language culture, literature and popular literature for nearly two decades. Simpson has served as MSU's German Section coordinator for eight years, advising students about study abroad and the need for intercultural communication skills. In addition, she serves on the executive board of the German Studies Association; she is executive secretary of the Goethe Society of North American, and co-editor of the "Women in German Yearbook." Currently she is the project director of a Department of Education Title VI UISFL grant (2008-10) and she continues to support and advise students and colleagues interested in international education.

Patricia Anne Simpson (406) 994-6443, pattyannesimpson@gmail.com