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John P Slattery

Teaching Assistant of Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    3124 FLB
  • Office Hours:
    • John has no office hours at U of I for the 2017-2018 academic year. John is currently in Greifswald, Germany.
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Specializations / Research Interests

Post-GDR Nostalgia in Literature, Second Language Pedagogy, GDR-Literature, Linguistics, The works of Christa Wolf, Goethe's Faust, Austrian Studies

Distinctions / Awards

  • Ernst Alfred Philippson Graduate Research Travel Award (Spring 2018)
  • Max Kade Fellowship (2018-2019)
  • Ruth E. Lorbe Excellence in Teaching Award (2017)
  • University Fellowship (Spring 2017)
  • William W. and Imelde D.V. Langebartel Award: intended for student who plans to study or research abroad (2017)
  • Department Fellowship (Spring 2017)
  • Fall 2016 Ranked as excellent by students (GER 103)
  • Delta Phi Alpha (German Honors Society) (2016)
  • Fall 2015 Ranked as excellent by students (GER 101)
  • CGES University of Minnesota Summer Institute in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg (2009)


John is originally from the St. Louis area.  He completed his undergraduate education at Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education (German). After that, he was a teaching assistant in Austria through the Austrian-American Fulbright Commission and after ten years of teaching high school German he has completed his M.A. at UIUC.  Now John is beginning to work towards a PhD also at UIUC.  

John has taught German 101, 102, 103, and 104 in addition to being the course coordinator for German 103 during the academic year 2016-2017 as a teaching assistant at UIUC.  He aspires to teach college level German in the future.  Since his arrival at the U of I Fall 2015, John has played a major role in the organization of Kaffeestunde (the weekly German conversation hour at the U of I).  John is currently at the Universität Greifswald during the 2017-2018 academic year where he teaches a literature discussion section with Zachary Hader titled Deutschsprachige Literatur seit 1989 as part of a course titled Literatur/Kultur/Medien.  He also takes courses as a student at Universität Greifswald.  

Conferences and Presentations (Literature)

"Beleidigungen und Vorwürfe: über die Abwertung der (ehemaligen) DDR-Bürger_innen vor, während, und nach der Wende in Thomas Brussigs Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (1999) und Christa Wolfs Stadt der Engel (2010)." German Studies Graduate Student Conference Andersrum: Welcome to the Otherhood. The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, November 9th and 10th, 2018.    

"Solidarität gegen Kriminalität in der DDR Fernsehserie Blaulicht." Focus on German Studies Graduate Student Conference. The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, September 15th and 16th, 2018.

"Rückblick in die Zukunft: zukunftsorientierte Nostalgie in Post-DDR-Literatur." Kolloquium für Neuere Deutsche Literatur, Universität Greifswald, 9. Mai 2018.

"The End of Life in Christa Wolf's Final Novel Stadt der Engel."  German Studies Graduate Student Conference on Narrative Endings, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, November 11th and 12th, 2016.

"Mephistopheles, Faust, and the Peak of the Brocken on Walpurgisnacht:  Goethe's Use of Symbolism in Faust I's Walpurgisnacht Scene."  Focus on German Studies Graduate Student Conference, The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, September 16th-18th, 2016.

Conferences and Presentations (Basic Language Pedagogy)

"The Review Minute."  Language Teaching Share Fair, The University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, November 4th, 2016.   


  • Beginning German I: GER 101 (Fall 2015)
  • Beginning German II: GER 102 (Summer 2016) (Summer 2017)
  • Intermediate German I: GER 103 (Spring 2016) (Fall 2016) (Spring 2017)
  • Intermediate German II: GER 104 (Summer 2016)
  • Übung Deutschsprachige Literatur seit 1989 (German Literature since 1989) at Universität Greifswald (Winter 2017/18)
  • Übung Aufbaumodul III Neuere Deutsche Literatur at Universität Greifswald (Sommersemester 2018)