Canadian Summer School in Germany

Teaching Faculty

‌‌All Senior Instructors are Canadian university-level teachers with extensive experience in language, literature, and culture studies. Assistant Instructors, if any, usually come from the University of Kassel and are very qualified in language training. If you are interested in teaching for CSSG, please contact the CSSG director.


Dr. John L. Plews (CSSG Director)


Dr. John L. Plews is Associate Professor of Modern Languages (German) at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. He is also the President of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German and the President of the Halifax Languages Consortium. He studied German and French at the University of Manchester and completed a MA in German Literature at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He earned a PhD in German Literatures, Languages, & Linguistics and a PhD in Secondary Education, both from the University of Alberta. He is co-editor of several books and journal issues. He researches second language curriculum and teaching, second language learner identities, and study abroad for language learners and language teachers. He is currently a DAAD Research Ambassador. He taught at the CSSG from 2009-2012; he took over as Director in 2016. 


Mr. Feisal Kirumira


Feisal Kirumira studied German Literature, French, and English at Makerere University. He earned two Master's degrees, one in German Language and Literatures at the Universität des Saarlandes, and another in Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta. Feisal taught German language courses at Dortmund Universität from 2000 - 2005, and is currently a sessional instructor at Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta. Feisal was awarded the Augustana Faculty Sessional Teaching Award for 2010-11 and the Betty Ostenrud Award for Student Engagement 2015-16.


Fr. Ann-Christin Fuhlmann


Ann-Christin Fuhlmann studied German Literature and Linguistics and English as a Foreign Language (Literature and Linguistics) as well as Education at the Universität Kassel and the University of Alberta. In 2016, she received her MA in German as a Foreign Language from the Universität Kassel. She taught English and German in middle and grammar school from 2013-2017. This is the first time Ann-Christin is teaching for the program, but she is no stranger to the CSSG. She organized the CSSG’s tandem partner project from 2010-2015, and participated for the first time in the program in 2009.


Fr. Stefanie Templin


Stefanie Templin is a product manager at Langenscheidt, where she develops and edits language learning materials for adults. In 2012, she finished her Bachelor at the Freie Universität Berlin in the interdisciplinary program North American Studies, with a focus on Literature, Sociology, and Political Science. She has earned a Joint Master's Degree in Intercultural German Studies at the University of Waterloo and the Universität Mannheim. While in Waterloo, she co-organized the German Gemütlichkeit, a meeting place for German language students to casually practice talking and learn about German culture. Stefanie also taught a language communication class at the Summer School in Mannheim, preparing students for the telc test B1.


Some of our former instructors:

Dr. Kim Misfeldt (Past-Director of the CSSG)


Dr. Kim Misfeldt is Professor of German and Vice Dean of the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. ‌She completed her BA (Double Hons) and MA at the University of Saskatchewan and her PhD at Queen's University. 
She has been with CSSG since 2002 – 2003 and was Director of the program from 2003 – 2016. Kim teaches courses in language, literature, translation, and Gender Studies. She has presented and published on second language pedagogy, drama pedagogy, Heinrich von Kleist, and Mariella Mehr. Kim has been recognized with three teaching awards: 2013: The 3M National Teaching Fellowship, 2011: The Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and 2000: The Augustana University College Distinguished Teaching Award.


Dr. Lars Richter


Dr. Lars Richter is currently a sessional instructor for German language and culture at the University of Alberta where he earned his PhD in German Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in 2016. He studied German and English at Freie Universität Berlin and received his MA in German Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2011, he was awarded the “Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award” from the University of Alberta. Lars joined the CSSG-team in 2011 and has taught courses at all levels in the program.