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John te Velde retired in January 2022 after 30 years teaching German in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Oklahoma State University. He joined the faculty here in 1991 as an Assistant Professor after having worked for two years in the Department of Modern Languages at North Dakota State University. John finished his Ph. D. in Germanics and Germanic Linguistics at the University of Washington in 1988. At OSU he taught all levels of German language, literature, and culture, as well as the occasional class in Linguistics in English.


John was one of the more productive scholars in the department. During his time at OSU he made more than 50 conference presentations that led to more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and a monograph, Deriving Coordinate Symmetries. A phase-based approach integrating Select, Merge, Copy and Match., which he published in 2005. His work on heritage speakers of German dialects in the United States involved communities in Oklahoma and neighboring states.

He served the profession as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Germanic Linguistics and was also a member of the editorial board for the Open Journal of Modern Linguistics. On campus, beyond regular committee assignments, John served as German section coordinator for many years, was the grader for graduate reading proficiency exams in German for graduate students in English and History. He was the advisor to the OSU German Club and the OSU chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the German academic honor society.

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John was also involved with Fulbright exchanges. He received a Fulbright Commission Travel Grant to research his dissertation in Tübingen and he was a senior scholar at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin in 1999, and unfortunately, he was unable to accept a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Switzerland in 2006. In the US he served the Fulbright organization on numerous occasions as a member of the OSU Fulbright applications review commitee and he served as president and vice-president of the North Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Fulbright Association.



John has been a cornerstone of the German program and a great colleague. We will miss him but are glad to have hired two new faculty members in German.


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Jessica Resvick began as an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State in August 2021 after two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College in the Department of German Studies. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Chicago and is a specialist in 19th century literature. She already has an impressive list of publications with several articles and book chapters in print and several in press. Her experience in Germany includes study abroad in Berlin as an undergraduate at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and another stay in Berlin as a graduate student as a Visiting graduate student, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. Jessica has already taken over as the German section coordinator and has been working on some updates to the curriculum that will roll out over the next couple of years. She will be teaching a course for the Honors College in Fall 2023 and directed a freshman research project on silent film in Spring 2022.


Changes in GRMN Mahan Edited    William Mahan joined OSU as a Visiting Assistant Professor of German in August 2021. He came to us from Arkansas State University and had worked previously at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He received his Ph. D. from the University of California, Davis. His research is on the ghostly in German and Austrian literature from nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has already published several articles on the subject. He has been teaching first and second-year German and has taken over the German classes taught online. He has been sharing the responsibility of advising the German Club.


Jessica and Will have already been working with students in the German program on a range of extra-curricular activities. In addition to meeting for conversation practice and the occasional movie, the German Club has gathered to watch German soccer teams play in the new Language Learning Center. The Club even co-hosted a multi-language soccer social in April. They are introducing a new first-year textbook in the fall, and it will be free to students, and they have many plans for new classes and updates to the German major, including new classes in German film.