College of Liberal and Fine Arts


Donohue-Bergeler Heads German Program

September 6, 2018

UTSA’s newest senior lecturer of German, Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  

After growing up in Dallas, Texas, Donohue-Bergeler studied German language and literature at Boston university. Post-Graduation, she supported U.S. study abroad participants and completed her M.A. at the Technische Universität Dresden with a focus on teaching German as a foreign language. She then complete a traineeship at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and an administrative job at the Universität Hamburg.  

Following that, Donohue-Bergeler made her way back to Texas to complete her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas in Austin. Her time spent teaching in the Department of Germanic Studies served as inspiration for her dissertation work.  

“I developed and implemented a semester-long professional development opportunity in drama-based pedagogy aimed towards graduate student instructors teaching German in the collegiate lower-division curriculum,” Donohue-Bergeler said.  

Finding herself back in the area, Professor Donohue-Bergeler made the decision to come to UTSA, which was easy for more ways than one.  

“I landed in the central Texas area and I wanted to stay. I did my Ph.D at the University of Texas at Austin so I’m excited to stay in the UT system, but I’m also excited to get to know a new study body,” said Donohue Bergeler. “I feel the diversity here, the stories, the backgrounds that students are coming from is really inspiring.” 

Donohue-Bergeler hopes to provide an environment that inspires growth by learning from mistakes. That is something the professor stresses to everyone, no matter the class.  

“I want to foster an atmosphere that feels safe where students can try things out, where they can speak without being afraid of making mistakes,” said Donohue Bergeler. “ I try to share my own mistakes as a way of learning to provide a model that you don't have to be perfect. Growth happens when you put effort in and you’re making a sincere effort.” 

Isaiah Alonzo 


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