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Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty & Academic Staff Affairs

Dr. Jennifer Watson

Carleen Vande Zande

Dr. Jenny Watson began as Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2014.  Before coming to UW Oshkosh, she served as Associate Dean of the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was also a faculty member in the German and Scandinavian Studies Program. During her tenure at UW-Milwaukee she served as Coordinator of the German Program, Coordinator of the Scandinavian Studies Program and also Chair of the Foreign Language and Literature Department.

 Dr. Watson earned a Bachelor of Arts in German and English literature at Grinnell College in 1988, a Masters of Arts in German at University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and a PhD in German and Scandinavian (concentration Swedish) literature at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in 1997.  During her studies, she also spent considerable time in Munich, Germany, Vienna, Austria and also Stockholm, Sweden. 

 As a research specialist on Swedish-German literary relationships at the turn of the last century, with a specific concentration on Selma Lagerlöf and Germany, Dr. Watson has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a German Academic Exchange Service Research Fellowship, a number of Swedish Institute Research Awards and an American-Scandinavian Research Award.   She has written two books on Selma Lagerlöf and Germany and a number of articles.  Presently, she is working on the reception of Selma Lagerlöf in Nazi German.

 Dr. Watson has also received a Wisconsin Humanities Grant to create a student production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and a UWM Undergraduate Research Award to research and create the book, German Milwaukee, which was published by Arcadia.


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