Read the College’s message to the professor emerita of foreign languages and literatures
Professor Margarete B. Lamb-Faffelberger, first and foremost, you are a dedicated and award-winning teacher of German language and culture, a renowned scholar of Austrian literature and film, and a nationally recognized leader in digitally mediated language pedagogies. You received your Ph.D. from Rice University. You joined Lafayette’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as an assistant professor in 1992; you were tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1998 and promoted to professor in 2006.
During your vibrant tenure at the College, Professor Lamb-Faffelberger, you worked ceaselessly to transform German studies at Lafayette into an internationally recognized program of study. For you, “making a difference” in a student’s life often entailed what you could do for them outside the classroom, as an adviser, not only in the selection of their courses but also in terms of imparting sound advice on the better path to take while writing an honors thesis under your supervision, or, among many other activities, how to work effectively together with others as a group in performing a play in the German language.
Professor Lamb-Faffelberger, you were the recipient of the Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Faculty Lecture Award and the Aaron O. Hoff Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award in 1999, the Delta Upsilon Distinguished Mentoring and Teaching Award in 2003, and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2018.
Professor Lamb-Faffelberger, you have established and maintained strong relationships with German-speaking scholars, writers, and artists as well as representatives in the Austrian Embassy and through these relationships have brought dozens of scholars in residence to Lafayette to share their work with our community and our colleagues and to partner in teaching our students.
Indeed, one of your most significant achievements, Professor Lamb-Faffelberger, has been the founding and directorship of the Max Kade “eco-system” in 2003, which includes a center for German and Austrian cultural studies as well as the Max Kade Haus, a beautifully restored residence and meeting space on McCartney Street that serves as home to the many German-speaking artists, writers, and playwrights who come to campus each year to serve as scholars in residence. Through your affiliation with the Max Kade Foundation, you also played an instrumental role in securing scholarship monies for engineering students studying abroad in Germany.
Lately, you have helped lead the successful transition into a new study abroad program for our engineering students in Bonn, Germany, a program you yourself have directed. In addition, you have directed summer study in Germany and interim courses abroad, most recently in South Africa.
Professor Lamb-Faffelberger, you are a recognized expert on the work of avant-garde Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. You have been the general editor for the Austrian Culture Series published by Peter Lang and served as the co-editor for the Women in German Yearbook.
Throughout your years at Lafayette, Professor Lamb-Faffelberger, you have made important contributions to your department, the College, and your profession. You have served capably as department head from 2004 to 2010, protecting and cultivating all of the programs and hiring and mentoring numerous faculty in multiple languages. In addition to numerous committee activities, you served on the advisory committee that helped develop the program in film and media studies. You also served for many years as the faculty adviser for Delta Phi Gamma, the German honorary society, and in this role have hosted the annual award ceremony at your home. As one colleague recalled, “Just as the Romans created at Vindobona (Vienna) a nexus of the ancient world, at a crossroads that gave access to the Rhine and the Black Sea on the one hand, to the Baltic and the Adriatic on the other, so, in the modern College Hill Era, Margarete created at 140 Parker Avenue a crossroads for Lafayette faculty members, administrators, and students whose interests and conversation ranged far afield. All who attended gratefully remember Margarete for her kind and gracious hospitality.”