Tatjana Schell, Graduate Instructor
Office: Minard 318E16
Before joining the Ph.D. program at NDSU in 2010, I earned my M.A. in English Philology with minors in English Literature and Ethnology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Munich, Germany. My master’s thesis dealt with language planning policies in the United States and the status of English in regard to other languages spoken in the country. Having a strong background in sociolinguistics and the history of the English language, I am also interested in rhetoric, intercultural communication, translation and oral history/ethnic studies. I specifically focus on the research connected to the ethnic group of the Volga Germans from Russia. I am a Lifetime Member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) based in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Since starting my Ph.D. program, I have become particularly interested in composition and writing pedagogies. At NDSU, I have had the opportunity to teach College Composition II (English 120), Introduction to Linguistics (English 209), and also work as a writing tutor at the NDSU Center for Writers.
I have been learning English since the 2nd grade and more than twenty years later I still enjoy the on-going process of language acquisition by discovering new words and phrases in English every day - the most recent ones being 'switchback' and 'selfie'. Besides my studies, I enjoy traveling, hiking, exploring the U.S. National parks and historic sites.