JOHANNA WATZINGER-THARP

Curriculum Vitae

JOHANNA WATZINGER-THARP portrait
  • Director of International Studies, College Of Humanities
  • Associate Professor, Linguistics
  • Associate Professor, Linguistics

Biography

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy 1990, Applied Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin. Project: Tense and Mood in the German Colloquial Standard

Honors & Awards

  • Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 11/20/2010

Biography

Johanna Watzinger-Tharp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Senior Advisor for the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Utah. She served as Associate Dean for International Programs in the College of Humanities from 2009-2015, and has also directed the U’s International Studies Program since 2009. Her research focuses on language pedagogy, dual immersion and teacher education, and has been published in a variety of scholarly journals. Her publications also include co-edited volumes and German language textbooks. In 2010, the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) awarded her the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.
Johanna Watzinger-Tharp has served on various national committees, including the Second Language Teaching & Learning Executive Committee of the MLA, the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), Advanced Placement German (College Board), SAT German (ETS). She is also the past president of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC). In 2007, she was appointed co-chair of the Utah World Language Council by Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. The Council produced the Utah Language Roadmap for the 21st Century, supported by the National Security Education Programs (NSEP) Language Flagship in 2008, which led to the creation of dual language immersion programs in Utah. Since then, she has worked with public and higher education to advance dual immersion in Utah and the U.S.

In the Media

Languages

  • German, fluent.
  • Spanish, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Europe. Director of Kiel Intensive German & International Studies Program; Organizing internships in Berlin .
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Member of UU leadership team for the UU Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea.