Bärbel Thoens-Masghati is an Assistant Professor of German at College of DuPage. Native of Nauen, Germany, she immigrated to the U.S. as a child. She holds a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, MI, an M.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, has completed 65 hours of Post Graduate work at The Ohio State University. She studied a year at the University of Munich, in Munich, Germany and also earned a K-12 Illinois Teaching Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Thoens-Masghati taught as a Graduate Assistant at Wayne State University and The Ohio State University, where she received the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award. She also taught as an Adjunct at Hope College and as a junior high and high school teacher in the Naperville School District 203. In 2005 Thoens-Masghati came to COD as an Adjunct in German and in 2012 she joined the COD faculty as Assistant Professor. Thoens-Masghati has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Iran, to Dubai, Hong Kong, China, and to the Caribbean. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys a variety of music, films and reading, as well as traveling and exploring different cultures, and relaxing at the family home in Michigan.
Miglena Nikolova is an Adjunct Professor of German at College of DuPage. She holds a PhD in Germanic Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has also earned a 6-12 Illinois Teaching Certificate. During her graduate studies, Miglena Nikolova was a Head Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Graduate Research Award from University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently she is the Language Program Director of the Language School at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center in Chicago. Miglena Nikolova also teaches German language at Dominican University and has taught for seven years English as a Second Language at Triton Community College. Her academic interests are in the area of Second Language Acquisition. In addition to dedicating a lot of time to her academic interests, Nikolova enjoys spending time with her family and traveling in Europe.
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