Devon Donohue-Bergeler, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Instruction, Modern Languages and Literatures

Devon Donohue-Bergeler


Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler grew up in Dallas and studied German language and literature at Boston University. After graduation, she supported U.S. study abroad participants and completed an M.A. at the Technische Universität Dresden in German Studies, Culture and Communication with a focus on teaching German as a foreign language. After a traineeship at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and an administrative job at the Universität Hamburg, she returned to her native Texas to complete a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas in Austin.

Donohue-Bergeler's work teaching in the Department of Germanic Studies and with the Center for Teaching and Learning inspired her dissertation work, for which she 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. The dissertation explored graduate student instructors’ uptake of innovative pedagogy and the factors that help or hinder their engagement. Her additional research interests include teacher development, experiential learning, and study abroad outcomes. She is currently a Teaching Coach for the Goethe Institute, and joined the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio as a Senior Lecturer of German in Fall 2018.


  • GER 1014 - Beginner German 1
  • GER 1024 - Beginner German 2
  • GER 2013 - Intermediate German 1
  • GER 2023 - Intermediate German 2
  • GER 3023 - Advanced German
  • CSH 2113 / GER 3413 - Foreign Film: Movies Go to War
  • CSH 3023 / GER 2333 / GER 4003 - Love Conquers All?
  • CSH 1213 / CSH 3823 / GER 3413 / GER 4213 - Migration in Post-War Germany
  • CSH 3823 / GER 3413 / GER 4213 - Dresden: Florence of the Elbe River
  • CSH 3823 / GER 3413 / GER 4213 / MES 3113 - German film
  • GER 4213 / CSH 3823 - The Dresden Experience: Study abroad in Dresden


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (2018)
  • M.A., Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (2009)
  • B.A., Boston University (2002)

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials


  • Benjamin, J.D., Donohue‐Bergeler, D., Fuchs, K. and Lorenz, A. (2020), “Is nicht egal“: Guided Multimodal Reading of a Music Video Advertisement. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 53: 55-65. doi:10.1111/tger.12118
  • Donohue-Bergeler, D., Goulet, C., & Hanka, D. (2018). Flattened hierarchy through drama-based pedagogy: A graduate student instructor and two undergraduates partner on classroom research. College Teaching. 66(2), 104-110. doi:10.1080/87567555.2018.1437534
  • Kearns, K., Hatcher, M., Bollard, M., DiPietro, M., Donohue-Bergeler, D., Drane, L. E.,Luoma, E., Phuong, A. E., Thain, L., Wright, M. (2018). “Once a scientist…:” Disciplinary approaches and intellectual dexterity in educational development. To Improve the Academy, 37(1), 128-141. doi:10.1002/tia2.20072
  • Donohue-Bergeler, D. (2018). Is the drama worth it? Foreign language graduate student instructors’ experiences with drama-based pedagogy. Unpublished dissertation. The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved from