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Our faculty

Students rate our faculty highly, commenting on the level of engagement, one-on-one contact with instructors, and degree of improvement in language abilities.

David Neville is assistant professor of German and director of language learning technologies. He was named CATL Scholar for 2011-13 in support of his work on 3D digital game-based learning. An expert in using computer and multimedia technologies in the classroom, Dr. Neville has a BA from Brigham Young University in 1994, a PhD in German from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002, and a MS in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University in 2007. He joined the Elon faculty in 2008. Dr. Neville's primary areas of research are: curriculum design; instructional design theories; medieval German language and literature; interactive multimedia design for second language and culture acquisition; online collaborative learning; and the use of computer gaming in teaching foreign languages. His DigiBahn Project is a major grant-supported research and teaching initiative involving 3D digital game-based learning for second language acquisition.

Scott Windham is associate professor of German. A recent winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Windham received his BA from Davidson College in 1993 and his PhD from the University of North Carolina in 2002. He joined the Elon faculty that same year. His primary areas of research are: methods of language instruction; curriculum design; the portrayal of Germany and the Germans in 20th- and 21st-century literature, film, theater, and other media; and the reception of immigrants in contemporary Germany.


Our projects

In addition to the new Business German track, our faculty are involved in three major projects. The Digital Bahnhof (DigiBahn) Project is an interdisciplinary software development initiative. It seeks to program a 3D digital game-based learning environment for teaching German language, vocabulary, and culture. We’re looking for students interested in participating in research focused on digital game-based learning and second language acquisition.

The Curriculum Project in the Department of Foreign Languages envisions a research-based redesign of all language curricula. Our primary goals: exceptional outcomes for our students, including study abroad, internships, fellowships, career placement abroad, and graduate school acceptances; exceptional language abilities for our students; and close collaboration between faculty and students on research and other academic projects.

The Flipped Classroom Project in the Department of Foreign Languages makes use of current technologies to offload select classroom activities to the web, leaving more time during class for speaking practice, group projects, in-depth discussion, and problem-based learning activities. The Business German track is designed as a wholly flipped curriculum, and the German faculty are working to incorporated more flipped-classroom elements into our regular German courses.


Contact Us

Department of Foreign Languages
German and German Studies Program
Campus Box 2125
Elon, NC 27244
Dr. Neville:  dneville@elon.edu | facstaff.elon.edu/dneville | 336.278.5889
Dr. Windham: swindham@elon.edu | facstaff.elon.edu/swindham | 336.278.5841