Dedman College 2021
Marie-Luise Gaettens, associate professor of German in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1986. After earning a secondary school teaching degree at the University of Hamburg, she earned an M.A. at Indiana University and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. She served as chair of the department of world languages and literatures from 2006-2011 and 2012-2015; she also served as chair of the German area from 2016-2020. In addition to language instruction, Professor Gaettens has taught advanced courses in German literature and culture, as well as numerous interdisciplinary courses in service of the general education curriculum. She served as director of the SMU-in-Germany study abroad experience held in Weimar, Germany, from 2000-2018. Professor Gaettens was awarded the Perrine Prize from the SMU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2005. A scholar of contemporary German literature, she is the author of Women Writers and Fascism: Reconstructing History and numerous scholarly essays and reviews. She retires as professor emerita of German.