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1974, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Modem and Older German Literature, Higher Education ,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1985, Dr. Phil., Universitaet Wien (Austria), German Literature.
1971, M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Modern German Literature.
1985, Magister. phil, Universitaet Wien (Austria), German Studies.
1966, M. A. T., equiv., Paedagogisches Institut der Stadt Wien (Austria) and University of Vienna (=Teaching Degree for Secondary Schools): English, German, Physical Education, Education .
1962, B. A. T., equiv., Paedagogisches Institut der Stadt Wien (Austria) (=Teaching Degree for Elementary Schools): General Subjects.
Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst, 1. Klasse (Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, 1st Class) from Austria’s Ministry of Research and Art, Vienna-Los Angeles, 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Foreign Language Teacher Association – NMOLE, Albuquerque, 2011
Best College Teacher of German in the USA 2005, from the AATG (American Assoc. of Teachers of German)– with the travel stipend of the Checkpoint Charley Society to Berlin, 2006.
Licensed Public School Teacher for the State of New Mexico, level 3, to teach Foreign Languages from PreK to 12 (Pre-Kindergarten to 12th school year), 2006-2015.
Distinguished Max Kade Research Professor at Symposium of the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Nov. 20–24, 2002, on the topic of “The Future of the German Language in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe”
Faculty Award for International Programs at UNM for the year 2001/2002, Office of International Programs and Studies, UNM
Friedestrom Prize 2000, for research in international literary dialect studies, October 2000, International Dialect Archives Ludwig Soumagne, Zons, Germany
Award from the Goethe-Institute (Houston), 1995, for “Twenty Years German Summer School of New Mexico”
Invited Member of the German P.E.N., 1994 to present
Pegasus Arts Award, 1994, ‘Poetry in the Arts’ Association, Austin, Texas
Pegasus Poetry Award, 1993, ‘Poetry in the Arts’ Association Austin, Texas
Invited Member of the Austrian P.E.N., 1987 to present
Das Grosse Ehrenzeichen der Republik Oesterreich (The Great Medal of Merit of the Republic of Austria), 1986
Das Verdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland des Verdienstordens, Erster Klasse (The Cross of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany), 1985
German-American Award "for outstanding achievements in furthering the teaching of German in the United States of America," 1982, by the Goethe Institute New York and he American Association of Teachers of German .