New dean appointed at Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters

Contact: Kristan Tetens, University Relations, (517) 355-5633,

Oct 20, 2006

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Karin A. Wurst has been appointed dean of the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters.

The appointment was approved by the university’s board of trustees at its Oct. 20 meeting. The appointment is effective immediately.

Wurst currently is professor of German in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU. She succeeds Patrick McConeghy, also a professor of German, who has served as acting dean of the college since 2004.

Wurst served as acting chair of her department in 2005 and has been chair of the University Graduate Council since 2005. She is a founding member of the Global Literary and Cultural Studies research cluster and recognized nationally for her expertise in graduate student mentoring and engaged learning.

She received a doctorate in German from Ohio State University in 1985 and joined MSU in 1988. Her academic interests include 18th- and 19th-century German literature and culture.

She is the author of books and articles on the writers J.M.R. Lenz and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and on German fashion, entertainment, and consumption during the Classical and Romantic periods. She is past president of the Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature and active in the American Association of Teachers of German and the Modern Language Association.

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