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Professor/Assistant Dean

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5845 Modern Languages, Lit, Cultural Std LAS 250H , Box 182


Rudi Nollert teaches German at all levels at UCO—and has since 1992. He particularly enjoys the wide range of levels, topics and approaches to language learning that can be offered in our small department. Alongside courses on the standards (like major authors, German grammar, or Business German), he also can put together courses (in German) on children’s literature, androids, landscapes or translation skills.

He loves to go on outings with the Deutsch Klub of UCO, especially the annual hike in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (with either a Meersburger or a Schnitzel afterward). Movie and game nights are eine Menge Spaß, too.

Originally concentrating on the Enlightenment and the conversation in Europe between rationalist thinkers and their Romantic partners or heirs, Nollert has also worked on 19th century Realism, as well as late 20th century literature. He served as department chairperson from 1998 until 2013.

Nollert grew up in rural Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in German (he rowed on the crew team, too). After several semesters at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, he returned to the States and got his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He moved to Oklahoma with his wife (also a Ph. D. in German— Mary Brodnax, in Humanities and Philosophy). Their son is a student and musician.

Nollert currently serves as a German professor and an assistant dean for the College of Liberal Arts.

Education and Certifications

Johns Hopkins, Ph.D. 1991

Johns Hopkins MA 1985

J. W. Goethe Universität (Frankfurt/M, Germany) 1980-1983

University of Virginia, BA 1980

Classes Taught

I teach the full program, ably assisted by adjunct instructors for some of the lower-level courses.

  • Elementary German I and II
  • Intermediate German I and II
  • Advanced German Grammar
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis in German (rarely offered)
  • Early German Culture and Civilization
  • German Literature to 1800
  • German Literature since 1800
  • Modern German Culture and Civilization
  • Study Tours to German-Speaking Countries

Advanced Topics:

  1. Short Prose
  2. German Poetry
  3. German Media
  4. Business German

Seminars in German

  1. German Children's Literature
  2. German Landscapes
  3. Androids, Robots and Artificial Intelligence
  4. German Travelers

Office Hours

LAR Dean's Office Suite (LAR 104F)

Monday-Friday: 10-11 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 1-2 p.m.

and by appointment.

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