Lecturer German & French, German language Coordinator
Anne Culberson has been a Lecturer in German and French at Furman University since 2005. She was raised and educated in Strasbourg, France, spending many vacations traveling throughout Europe. While an undergraduate at Georgetown University, Anne received a Rotary International Scholarship and spent a year at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München, Germany. She received her BS in German Studies, with a minor in Business. She completed her M.A. at Brown University.
Anne worked seven years at Michelin as project manager/editor for travel publications including Green Guides to New York City and Chicago. For three years she guided the setup of Human Resource and Finance systems for the US startup of a German automotive plant. She served five years as Vice President of Administration for Greenville’s Chamber of Commerce.
At Furman, Anne has taught French and German, ranging from Elementary to Composition & Conversation and Civilization courses. She is the current language and program coordinator for German. She serves as co-director of the semester-long Berlin Study Away Program and has led groups of students on May Experience courses to the Rhine area (France, Germany and Switzerland). She is a certified Oral Proficiency Interviewer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and a certified rater for ACTFL's AAPPL program. She enjoys advising and mentoring students, serving as Summer and Virtual Advisor, and has lead a cohort of students as a first- and second-year Pathways Advisor.
- ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Language) AAPPL certification, March 2023
- ACTFL OPI (oral proficiency interview) certified rater, August 2019
- ACTFL OPI (oral proficiency interview) assessment workshop (French), July 2018 (Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA)
- Awarded Teaching Development Grant by Faculty Development Center, June 2018
- SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) Conference, March 2018 (Atlanta, GA)
- Awarded Travel Grant by May X Development Committee, June 2017
- Co-taught Modern Languages & Literatures (MLL) Teaching Workshop on inclusive pedagogies, March 2017
- ACS (Associated Colleges of the South) Summer Teaching & Learning Workshop, June 2015
- Fulbright Scholar, Summer 2013 (Tübingen, Germany)
- Selected as one of the best loved and appreciated teachers at Furman in 2007 (featured in yearbook)
- M.A., Brown University
- B.S., Georgetown University
My chief professional pursuit is that of Engaged Learning. Through active classroom interaction, mentoring by personal example, and relating broad experiences gained outside the academy back into the University experience, I am seeking to:
• bolster retention among language majors, serving as a reaffirming example of the relevance of the language arts and the time-tested value of a "classical education"
• for non-language-majors, reaffirm the utility of the liberal arts and "classical education" in the broader context of personal and professional advancement, in an economy and a society that never cease to evolve and challenge.
Classroom teaching and mentoring is my life's calling. Judging from student and peer feedback, my efforts are well received, and are making a real difference in the lives of my students.
- Instructor for German course for OLLI, Furman University
- AFAA- and NETA-certified fitness instructor
- Member of AATG, ACTFL, GSA
- Instructor of Record, SHRM certification course, Greenville Technical College
- SHRM-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources
- Chair of Legislative Committee, Greenville Society of Human Resource Management
- Board Member of Community Health Alliance, Chair of Study Committee
- Board Member of YWCA, Member of Finance Committee