Sandra McGury

Teaching Postdoc

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Email Address:
Office Location:
Habersham 110
Office Hours:
Wednesdays, 1.30 - 2.30 P.M. & Fridays, 8.30 - 9.30 A.M.


Sandra McGury received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Georgia in December 2018. Her research interests lie in the areas of syntax and morphology as well as second language learning. Since 2016, Sandra has been involved in the development and implementation of courses for refugee students at the University of Education Freiburg, where she was a part-time research associate at the Department of German Literature and Linguistics and the Department of English Literature and Linguistics until July 2019. She was also the managing director of the Language Center and taught seminars in Language Variation, Contrastive Grammar, and Academic Writing. Her current project developed from her dissertation and focuses on feature checking mechanisms within the generative framework. Drawing examples from English, German, French, and other languages, Sandra wants to re-shape the existing framework to account for passive and related constructions cross-linguistically and in a unified manner. In another project, Sandra is looking at data from preschool and adult German L2 learners, focusing on sentence structure and case assignment.

  • Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Georgia
  • B.A. Linguistics/Translation and English (French minor), Saarland University Germany
Awards and
  • Erasmus+ Mobility Grant for Lecturers, European Union, 2019
  • Integra Funding (with Gabriele Kniffka), German Academic Exchange Service, 2016-2019
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Georgia, 2015
  • Special Kicklighter Conference Travel Grant, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Georgia, 2014
  • Ludwig Uhlig Award for Research Excellence, University of Georgia, 2013
  • MAX Award for Teaching Excellence, Berlitz Language School Atlanta, 2012


Research Fields:
  • Applied, Cognitive and Socio-Cultural Linguistics
  • German
  • Instructional Technologies for Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Studies Abroad
  • Europe
  • North America
  • United States
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • Digital Humanities
  • Distributed Learning
  • Education
  • Grammar
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Inter- & Intra-Cultural Business & Technology Practices
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Partnering
  • Interpretation
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Languages in Contact
  • Migration
  • Religion and Politics
  • Sustainability
  • Syntax
  • Translation


  • GRMN-1001: Elementary German I
  • GRMN-1002: Elementary German II
  • GRMN-3024: Conversation&Composition
  • GRMN-3071: German Business
  • LING-2100: Intro to Linguistics