Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Professor of German
Michael Shaughnessy is a professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages. In addition to German language, literature, and culture, Dr. Shaughnessy has a professional interest in educational technology. He is particularly interested in the perception of technology within education and the role it plays within the humanities.
Dr. Shaughnessy is an experienced international educator. He has studied/worked abroad in Austria, German, and Russia, and traveled to over thirty countries. He has personally led seven short term study abroad courses for students and has served as the coordinator of four study abroad / exchange programs between Germany, Austria, and the United States. Most recently he spent the fall of 2012 as a guest professor in Cologne, Germany, his second such appointment and was selected for participation in Fulbright International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) delegations to Brazil and Norway.
His research has led him to publish award-winning software programs for learning German, and he has written numerous articles on the subject of educational technology. He does educational and commercial consulting for computer-assisted language learning, and has given lectures on the subject of educational technology and humanities computing to government, commercial, and academic audiences. His latest project involves creating the first multi-lingual authentic photo dictionary. The Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon (CAPL) provides free access to high-quality authentic images to the language learning community worldwide. The accompanying application of the database was published in 2012 at www.pictolang.com. In 2013, the application was published for Ipad/iPhone/iPod touch.
Dr. Shaughnessy is a strong advocate for foreign language and intercultural education, an active member of the American Association of Teachers of German, and a lifelong member of the Society for German American Studies. He is an expert on the subject of German-speaking immigrants to Pittsburgh and published the book German Pittsburgh in 2007.
He is a leader in the field of entrepreneurial programming at liberal arts colleges and serves as chair of the UPCEA network for Small and Specialized Institutions.