Dr. Julie Koehler took over as interim director of the FLTC in May of 2020. Though she is new to the position, she is not new to the FLTC and has been haunting 385 Manoogian since she began as Graduate Teaching Assistant at Wayne State in 2008. In 2009, Koehler began serving as tech assistant to the German Area. She worked on four FLTC mini-grants as a graduate student and earned two more herself as an instructor. Since 2012, she has also served as Instructional Designer on the Ethnic Layers of Detroit project, a GeoHumanities project about the ethnic history of Detroit ( www.clas.wayne.edu/eld ) that is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to taking on this position, Koehler served as the coordinator of the Basic German Language Sequence. She took part in the development of six fully online courses since starting fulltime. At international and local conferences, she has shared research on teaching technology and online learning. She recently published a piece on an online fairy-tale course in the collection, Teaching Fairy Tales (2019).
Koehler completed her Ph.D. in Modern Languages at Wayne State in 2015, following an MA in German in 2010. She also holds a Masters of Education from the University of Michigan with a focus in ESL. In addition to technology in the language learning classroom, Koehler’s research interests include folklore and fairy tales, 19th century German literature, and German Women Writers. Her most recent publications include “The Persecuted History of Cinderella: A Case for Oral Tradition in Western Europe” in Gramarye, and “When the Inexhaustible Purse Runs Dry: Bettina von Arnim’s ‘Tale of the Lucky Purse’” in Marvels & Tales. Koehler is also working on an anthology of fairy tales written by European women in the 19th century together with her colleagues in French and English. The anthology is tentatively titled Women Writing Wonder.
Faisal received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in from
N.E.D University-Pakistan, MBA from Karachi University and
M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University.
He is working with Wayne State University as a Systems Administrator
since 2002. His primary responsibilities included server maintenance,
website development, problem analysis, system administration
and provide technical support.