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Ann C. Wintergerst

Professor of ESL
Languages and Literatures
Ed.D. 1989, TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ed.M. 1984, Applied Linguistics, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
M.A. 1978, TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University
B.A. 1972, German ‘summa cum laude’, St. John’s University, NY

A native speaker of German, Dr. Wintergerst has published extensively in the field of English as a Second Language (ESL) in such areas as language and culture, learning styles, classroom interaction, academic program review/self-study, writing assessment, professional standards, and advocacy for part-time faculty, among others. She is the author of four books, one monograph, more than 70 refereed/professional articles, and has delivered 90 presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences.

The ESL Program at St. John’s University was established under her leadership, and she had served as its first director for 10.5 years before returning to her faculty position. Actively involved in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Wintergerst has served as President of New York State TESOL, President of the New York State Council on Languages, and Chairperson of International TESOL’s Higher Education Interest Section, among others.

Her expertise is sought as a manuscript reviewer for refereed journals such as System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, conference abstracts, and ESL textbooks, as well as an evaluator for ESL Programs, German Language Programs, Educational Testing Service’s Test of Written English, and the United Nations’ English Language Training Center. Dr. Wintergerst serves as an invited member of the Institute of International Education’s Screening Committee which evaluates American graduate student applicants applying for English Language Teaching Assistantships in Germany through the U.S. Department of State’s Student Fulbright Program. She is a long-time editor of the “Promising Practices” column of Idiom, the quarterly professional publication of New York State TESOL.

Dr. Wintergerst is listed in several professional directories and in more than 30 Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. She was the recipient of New York State TESOL’s James A. Lydon Distinguished Service Award, the National Association for Bilingual Education’s Council for World Languages and Cultures Institute Recognition Award, and New York State TESOL’s Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education Award. She is a multiple recipient of the St. John’s University Merit Award/Faculty Recognition Award for research productivity and a recent recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Medal.  Elected to the University Senate in 2003, she continues to serve as a member of its Educational Programs & Development Committee and the Budget Committee.

Dr. Wintergerst’s research agenda has included collaborating with Dr. Julia Upton (former Provost, SJU) on her book to write the official biography of Father Hans Ansgar Reinhold (1897-1968), a German priest whom the Nazis forced to leave Germany and who has contributed significantly to the liturgical movement in the United States. She translated his travelogue "From Hamburg to Piraeos" along with his personal correspondence from German into English. Dr. Wintergerst has been involved in a published case study of German-language heritage maintenance, co-authored a second culture book, also translated into Chinese, for ESL/EFL teachers and teacher trainers. The second edition of her successful co-authored Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom book was recently published by the University of Michigan Press.