Associate Professor of Middlebury College and Director of the School in Germany since August 2000. PhD in American Studies Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, May 2006; Staatsexamen (Teachers’ State Exam) in American and English Studies Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 1998; M.A. (German Philology, American and English Studies) Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 1997. Vocational Training as laboratory assistant with major focus on Biology at Hoechst AG 1990. After she had worked and studied at Middlebury College as the teaching assistant in the German Department (1994-95) Heike Fahrenberg was awarded a one-year position as lecturer in the English Department at UC Davis (1998-1999). Afterwards, she worked as assistant lecturer in the American Studies Department at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (1999-2000). She continued to teach one course on American Culture (language, literature and history) till 2009. After the publication of her dissertation (Framing and Reframing the Ladies: Viewing Attitudes in Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady and its Cinematic Counterpart’), her research interests have focused on the practice and theory of Study-Abroad program design in general and on the teaching and assessing of Intercultural Communicative Competence (based on M. Byram’s work) specifically.