With only three professors on the faculty, the German section of the Department of Modern Languages is a powerhouse for producing Fulbrights. Indeed, the college recently announced that both Maj. Katherine Skow and Cadet Carter Lee Palmer have received Fulbright grants.
Skow, one of the three German professors, has been on the faculty at The Citadel since 1994. She was one of 20 German scholars selected nationwide to participate in the 2005 Fulbright German Studies Seminar Current Trends in Contemporary German Literature June 8-25. The seminar will take place in Berlin, Leipzig and Hamburg.
A medieval scholar, Skow has been called upon to teach the full range of the German curriculum from the elementary-intermediate cycle to surveys of literature from the Minnesang to naturalism. She has directed the residential summer studies in Germany and Austria, marshaled a score of conference sessions and served as an officer in the state chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. She is a licensed examiner for the Goethe Institute and administers certification tests to S.C. German students seeking to establish professional credentials.
“In every endeavor Dr. Skow has acquitted herself brilliantly, advancing easily through tenure and promotion and on to positions of leadership on the college's faculty development and sabbatical committees and in her professional organizations,” said Col. Al Gurganus, a German professor and department head of Modern Languages. “Due in no small part to her drive and dedication, Charleston has joined Chapel Hill, Nashville, and Gainesville as a locus for German studies in the Southeast.”
Not only was Skow busy working on the application for her Fulbright, she joined Gurganus and history professor Capt. Joelle Neulander advising Palmer throughout the year-long application process for his project. Palmer was awarded his Fulbright Scholarship to examine the security role of the socialist Soldiers’ Councils in the Bavarian Republic of 1918-1919 at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
“I am particularly interested in how a socialist militia without a rigid chain of command can maintain discipline in a time of political and social upheaval,” Palmer explained of his project.
Neulander believes Palmer has an advantage that most students don’t have.
“Carter Palmer's connection to military life and The Citadel, said Neulander, give him insight into the challenges that soldiers face in questions of loyalty, honor and the state.”
A senior history major and German minor from Washington, Conn., is the ninth cadet since 1992 to receive a Fulbright Scholarship and the fifth cadet in four years to receive a Fulbright grant to study in Germany. He will pursue his research during the 2005-2006 academic year.