David Dysart

Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures (German)

A consummate and passionate teacher, David Dysart did not recognize his true calling until well into his 30s. An undergraduate degree in business and German, a Fulbright scholarship for a year's study of business at a German university and a master's in international business with a six-month internship in Hamburg, Germany had prepared him for a successful career in international business. Two years as a marketing executive left him intellectually and spiritually empty. In those rare moments when heart, mind and soul come together, he realized his real calling--teaching.

After a master's and Ph.D. in German he came to Stetson University in 1991 and by 1999 received the university's highest honor for excellence in teaching.

Dysart has spent the last 15 summers teaching German to American and international students in Germany, Austria and Italy.


  • Ph.D., Germanic languages and literatures, University of Illinois
  • M.A., German, University of Illinois
  • M.B.A., international business studies, University of South Carolina
  • B.S., industrial management and German, Auburn University

Course Topics

  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced German
  • Germany and the Seach for National Identity
  • The German Language as Cultural Expression
  • Happily Ever After? The German Fairy Tale

Research Interests

  • Language pedagogy
  • Second language acquisition
  • Program assessment


  • "Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland," Presentation at the 2002 Jessie Ball Dupont NHC Summer Seminar.
  • "Theodor Storm und die Photographie," in Dichter und ihre Photographien. Westholsteinische Verlagsanstalt Boyens and Co., Heide: 1999, pp. 23-31.
  • Review of "Taboos in German Literature," David Jackson, Berghahn Books, Oxford, 1996. Schriften der Theodor Storm Gesellschajt, Band 46/1997, pp. 128-129.
  • Review of "Selbstreflexiviit in den Kunstlernovellen des Realismus," Jeffery Sammons, ed. Peter Lang, New York, 1998, Seminar - A Journal of Germanic Studies.

David Dysart

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