Dr. Susanne Rinner was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) first as vice president (2016-17) and then as president (2018-19). Her four-year term on the Executive Council will begin on Jan. 1, 2016. With over 4,000 members, AATG is the only individual membership organization in the United States dedicated to the teaching of the language, literatures and cultures of the German-speaking countries. Founded in 1926, AATG believes that bringing the language, literatures, and cultures of the German speaking world to all Americans is a vital humanistic endeavor and serves an essential national interest. The organization promotes the highest quality of the teaching and research of the language, literatures, and cultures of the German-speaking world and is a key partner to a number of organizations supporting the teaching and learning of German in the US.
Rinner is associate professor of German Studies; associate department head of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; director of Undergraduate Studies in German; and coordinator of the living-learning community The Global Village.