Humanities @ Michigan Tech

HUMANITIES at Michigan Tech engages in teaching and research across language, culture, and technology. Our scope is international, our approach interdisciplinary. We work at the intersections of communication, composition, literature, modern languages, philosophy, rhetoric, visual studies, linguistics, gender studies, and technical communication. Emerging areas of emphasis include media, global studies, and diversity. In learning and scholarship, students and faculty work to cultivate the whole human being. We help students develop the communicative, analytic, and cultural knowledge to thrive in all aspects of their future lives.

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Dieter Adolphs

Dieter Wolfgang Adolphs

PhD, Washington University in St. Louis


(906) 487-3231

Associate Professor of German Language and Literature, Humanities

Dr. Dieter Wolfgang Adolphs' work examines German and Austrian literature since 1880, critical theory, and the Frankfurt School. His literary research focuses on Thomas Mann, the Austrian playwright Hermann Bahr, and exile studies. His interests in theoretical issues include intercultural communication, the reception of literature, and the philosophical discourse of . . .

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Kathleen Burke

Kathleen Burke

MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Illinois


(906) 487-1771

Lecturer in Intensive English as a Second Language, Humanities

Before joining the faculty at Michigan Tech, Kathleen Burke taught at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. She has also taught in Vermont, Qatar, Iowa, Kuwait and Iran. Her interests include supervising instruction, designing and implementing curriculum, providing in-service training programs, and conducting needs analyses. She has presented at . . .

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Karla Kitalong

Karla Saari Kitalong

PhD, Michigan Technological University


(906) 487-3254

Professor, Humanities

Dr. Karla Saari Kitalong’s research and teaching interests are situated at the intersections of visual rhetoric and usability. Her recent work, funded by both the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is in formative evaluation and user-centered design of mixed reality simulations, humanities learning games, and . . .