Bettina Cothran

Professor Emerita of German

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  • School of Modern Languages
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Dr. Bettina F. Cothran is a Professor of German in the School of Modern Languages., and the Associate Chair for International Programs. She received her PhD from the University of Wuppertal. She serves as Director of the German LBAT program, as Director of the International Plan for Modern Languages, and advisor for the German group. She is the editor of the "Handbook for German in Business and Technology" and "The Global Connection: Issues in Business German," as well as co-editor of the volume "Languages and Culture Out of Bounds: Discipline-Blurred Perspectives on the Foreign Language Classroom."  Book chapters include "Integratives Lernen in Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache," published in 2015 by the Hueber Verlag in the volume "Sprache und Fach – Integriertes Lernen in der Zielsprache Deutsch, edited by Kim Hataaja and Rainer Wicke,  and "Germanistische Studiengänge im globalen Kontext: Programme und Perspektiven in den USA ," published  in 2010 by the Universitätsverlag Göttingen in the volume Entwicklungstendenzen germanistischer Studiengänge im Ausland, edited by Annegret Middeke.  

Dr. Cothran is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences; in 2014/15, she presented at conferences organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Annual Colloquium on Engineering Education organized by the University of Rhode Island, the 16th CIBER Business Language Conference  and  the  XIII. Kongress der Internationalen Vereinigung für Germanistik, organized in 2015 by the Tongji University: Shanghai, China,

She received Georgia Tech's Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in 1993, the AATG Georgia Professor of the Year Award in 1991 and 2001 and the Roe E. Stamps Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004.  In 2014, the German LBAT program was selected for inclusion in a project funded by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, of exemplary innovative and integrative German programs [CLILiG].

  • Ph.D. 1986 University of Wuppertal, Germany German Literature
  • M.A. 1976 University of South Carolina German Literature
  • B.A. 1973 Furman University, South Carolina German Literature
Awards and
  • Nominated for Denning Award for Global Initiatives, 2015
  • The German LBAT program was selected for inclusion in a project funded by the German Government’s Foreign Office, of exemplary innovative and integrative German programs [CLILiG], 2014
  • Governor Deal: Congratulatory letter on German Day at Georgia Tech, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • E. Roe Stamps Outstanding Teacher Award, 2004
  • AATG Georgia Professor of the Year Award, 2001
  • AATG Georgia Professor of the Year Award, 1994
  • Georgia Tech Outstanding Teacher of the Year award, 1993
Areas of
  • Age Of Goethe
  • Applied Languages
  • Identity And Memory Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Second Language Acquisition


Research Fields:
  • German
  • Europe
  • Environment
  • International Development


  • GRMN-2002: Intermediate German II
  • GRMN-3024: Conversation&Composition
  • GRMN-3055: Fairy Tales Grimm/Disney
  • GRMN-3695: Structure,Commun&Corr
  • GRMN-3696: Current Issues
  • GRMN-3697: Communication & Culture
  • GRMN-4010: Perspectives Grmn Media
  • GRMN-4012: German Identity
  • GRMN-4061: Adv Business German I
  • GRMN-4065: European Union
  • GRMN-4500: Intercultural Seminar
  • GRMN-4693: Ind Transf Grmn Soc/Econ
  • GRMN-4694: 200 Yrs of Grmn Technlgy
  • GRMN-4695: German Internship

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