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- PhD, German Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education (SLATE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor Hilgendorf wrote her dissertation under the direction of Braj B. Kachru. She was an assistant professor of German at Wayne State University in Detroit, USA from 2000 to 2007, where she was the Coordinator of the Basic German Language Program and a faculty member for the interdepartmental Master of Arts in Language Learning. Her primary interests are in sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, and the use of technology in instruction. Currently her research focuses on issues concerning the international spread of English and the language's impact in non-native contexts, especially in Germany and Europe. She has received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award from Wayne State University (2004-05) and the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999). She is the Reviews Editor for the journal World Englishes, and is the Vice President/President Elect (2011-2012) for the International Association for World Englishes.