Meet the Team

Associate Professor and Director

Dr. phil. Heike Fahrenberg

Dr. phil. Heike Fahrenberg

Associate Professor and Director

Dr. phil. in American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (JGU) 2006, Diss. Publ.: Framing and Reframing the Ladies: Viewing Attitudes in 'The Portrait of a Lady' and its Cinematic Counterpart'; American Studies / English Lecturer JGU/UC Davis 1997-2009; Teacher State Exam I (German and English Studies), M.A. in German, English and American Studies JGU 1997, German Assistant Middlebury College 1994-95; Biological Lab Technician, Hoechst AG, 1991). Dr. Fahrenberg has been the director of the Middlebury School in Germany since 2000. Integrating work with research, she focuses on teaching and assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence and became a Qualified Administrator of the IDI in 2012. American Association of Study Abroad Programs, Germany Workshops 2013/14: Teaching and Assessing of Intercultural Competence with/out the IDI; 2015: Student Safety in Study Abroad. ACTFL: 2013 w. Prof. Roman Graf (Middlebury German Dept.): Study Abroad - Integral and Integrated Part of a Language Teaching Curriculum. 2014 w. Prof. Sanae Eda (Director, Middlebury School in Japan) Teaching Language and Culture: Integrated Portfolios in Japan and Germany. ACTFL with Prof. Roman Graf: 2016 Multi-Level Advanced Intercultural Writing'; 2018: Institutional Change through Intercultural Communication; 2019 Making Intercultural Communication Happen: Moving from Intercultural Competence to Intercultural Communicative Practice; 2021 Initiating Democratic Behavior through Intercultural Communicative Practice. Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) certification in November 2021.

Zehra Özdemir

Zehra Özdemir

BabelGuide (Mainz)

Zehra Özdemir received her B.A. in Islamic Studies from Johann Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt. Due to her bilingual German-Turkish education she is used to navigating multiple cultures, a skill she practiced in her volunteer work with refugees. After having lived in Türkiye for three years, she moved back to Germany last year. Zehra brings her enthusiasm for meeting people and engaging in intercultural communication to her work with both students and team.

Jan Paulus, M.A.

Jan Paulus, M.A.

Senior BabelGuide (Mainz)

Jan Paulus studied English, History, and Political Science (B. Ed.) at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, where he also worked as a tutor for domestic and international students in the Department of History. During his Erasmus time in England, he developed a strong interest in the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-American spheres, leading to his first publication and appearance at a conference in 2023. Jan recently finished his master's degree in International History (M. Phil.) at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, where he received the chance to hone his language skills and deepen his knowledge of international historiography. At the same time, Jan worked as a student adviser on the transformation of the tutorials at the Johannes Gutenberg-University from in-classroom teaching to the digital realm.

Anna-Lena Roll

Anna-Lena Roll

Assistant to the Director and Senior BabelGuide (Mainz/Potsdam/Berlin)

Anna-Lena Roll studied English Literature and Communication Sciences (B.A.) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She has previously worked as a private tutor and as a student assistant at the Department of English and Linguistics as well as at the Department of Book and Reading Studies at JGU. She spent her Erasmus year studying Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh, and her experiences there motivate her work encouraging intercultural exchange and immersion. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in English and World Literatures.

Ronja Seifert, M.A.

Ronja Seifert, M.A.

Program Assistant and Senior BabelGuide (Potsdam/Berlin))

Ronja Seifert studied Comparative Literature and English Philology at Freie Universität Berlin. Due to her focus on English Literature she spent one year in England, studying at the University of Essex, Colchester, where she engaged in Cultural Studies with an interdisciplinary approach. After returning to Germany she taught German to non-native speakers at the Language School "Sprachart" in Berlin. Having finished her BA, she continued her MA in Literature - Aesthetics - Philosophy at Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Studying at a German-Polish University motivated her to engage with Polish-German Cultural Relations, so that she spent 6 month at the University of Warsaw, Poland, with Erasums. Afterwards she worked in an archive collecting material of subcultures and also returned to teaching German. She has recently received her Master's Degree in Literature - Aesthetics - Philosophy at Europa Universität Viadrina.

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