"Heiko Wiggers" Archive

Update: Faculty promotions

This is an update to a previous announcement regarding faculty promotions:

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who have received promotions, recently.

Promoted to full professor:

Miriam Ashley-Ross (Biology)
Michaelle Browers (Politics and International Affairs)
Judy Kem (Romance Languages)
Stephen Murphy (Romance Languages)

Promoted to associate professor:

Michael Anderson (Biology)
R. Jarrod Atchison (Communication)
Tina Boyer (German and Russian)
Hana Brown (Sociology)
Samuel Cho (Physics and Computer Science)
John Dalton (Economics)
Susan Harlan (English)
Sarah Mason (Mathematics and Statistics)
Gregory Parks (Law)
John Ruddiman (History)
Michael Sloan (Classical Languages)
Joel Tauber (Art)
Andrew Verstein (Law)
Christian Waugh (Psychology)
Heiko Wiggers (German and Russian)

Promoted to associate librarian:

Kyle Denlinger
Jeffrey M. Eller

Promoted to teaching professor:

Lynn Book (Theatre/Dance)
Angela King (Chemistry)
Kathryn Levy (Music)
Pat Lord (Biology)
Darlene May (Romance Languages)
Al Rives (Chemistry)

Promoted to associate teaching professor:

Jack Dostal (Physics)
David Hagy (Music)
Adam Kadlac (Philosophy)

Promoted to professor of the practice:

Justin Catanoso (English)
Yasuko Rallings (East Asian Languages)

Promoted to associate professor of the practice:

Brantly Shapiro (Theatre/Dance)

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Faculty promotions announced

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who have received promotions, recently.

Promoted to full professor:

Miriam Ashley-Ross (Biology)
Michaelle Browers (Politics and International Affairs)
Judy Kem (Romance Languages)
Stephen Murphy (Romance Languages)

Promoted to associate professor:

Michael Anderson (Biology)
R. Jarrod Atchison (Communication)
Tina Boyer (German and Russian)
Hana Brown (Sociology)
Samuel Cho (Physics and Computer Science)
John Dalton (Economics)
Susan Harlan (English)
Sarah Mason (Mathematics and Statistics)
Gregory Parks (Law)
John Ruddiman (History)
Michael Sloan (Classical Languages)
Joel Tauber (Art)
Andrew Verstein (Law)
Christian Waugh (Psychology)
Heiko Wiggers (German and Russian)

Promoted to associate librarian:

Kyle Denlinger
Jeffrey M. Eller

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August 2015 faculty milestones

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Summer faculty projects: research in German languages underway

Heiko Wiggers

In northern Germany, people speak Low German — a dialect on the European Union’s list of endangered languages. Assistant Professor of German Heiko Wiggers is spending the summer learning more about this language and how it is used in his home county of Grafschaft Bentheim.

Wiggers grew up speaking Low German, a name derived from the German lowlands where the language is spoken. Low German differs from High German, which is the official language of Germany that originated in the Alpine regions of the country, in vocabulary and pronunciation. All Germans speak High German, but Wiggers says only two million people still speak Low German. “People are not teaching Low German to the their children, and the long history of the language and its traditions and way of life are disappearing with it.”

To learn more about the state of Low German in his home county and particularly whether Low German is used at the workplace, Wiggers mailed 435 surveys to businesses, restaurants and administrative offices in Grafschaft Bentheim and a neighboring county, with questions about when and where Low German is spoken at work. Now he’s sorting through the responses. “The results are already showing that Low German is used quite often in northern Germany at work, in banks and for technical conversations. Because there are such a high number of respondents, the study will likely be of significance in answering questions related to social and cultural linguistics in German studies.”

Wiggers joined Wake Forest in 2005. His is an expert in German linguistics, German dialects and Business German.

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