Katarina Gross
Coordinator of the German Studies Program, Professor of German Studies and Foreign Language Methodology
(616) 632-2122


Dr. Katharina Häusler-Gross came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar and joined Aquinas College in 1998. Prior teaching appointments include Westminster College, PA (German/Russian), Michigan State University, the Universität Tübingen/Germany and the Goethe-Institut Chicago

At Aquinas, Dr. Häusler-Gross is Head of the German Studies Program and teaches all levels from beginning language to advanced content courses, German Literature, German Culture and Civilization, German for Business and Professions, Studies of German Culture and Society through Film, German Translation and the German Capstone course, as well an interdisciplinary course on European Cultures and Identities. She also coordinates the Methodology courses for Teaching Foreign Languages in K-8 and Secondary Schools for prospective FL teachers. Her scholarly research is in the area of German and Cultural Studies, specifically the integration of STEM in German coursework, and (East) German film studies with a focus on identity formation in post-Wende Germany. 

As an active member and trainer of the Trainer Network Central that is sponsored by the Goethe Institut, Dr. Häusler-Gross shares her methodological expertise and offers workshops and seminars for K-16 colleagues in order to support as many German teachers as possible. Additionally, she serves as Curriculum Consultant at the German Language School of West Michigan, a local non-profit organization that promotes the teaching of and learning about German language and culture to bilingual children. Dr. Häusler-Gross is also actively collaborating with Chiaroscuro International Film Series, which celebrates cultural diversity and multiculturalism by showcasing and discussing international films from around the globe. Her love for other languages and cultures keeps her traveling extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe, and the United States.


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., Senat von Berlin/Germany
  • B.A., Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität, Greifswald/Germany