Interim Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Nele Hempel-Lamer was appointed Interim Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies in January 2015. Prior to her appointment, she spent four years as director of the University Honors Program. She increased both the number of students enrolled in the honors program and the level of engagement, building a thriving community of high achieving and intellectually engaged students. Dr. Hempel-Lamer also developed new curriculum for the honors program that investigates issues of sustainability, diversity and social justice and includes service learning and field trips for hands-on learning. She has a long history of successful collaborations across the campus, including the implementation of new honors programs with the College of Engineering and with Housing & Residential Life.
A professor of German, Dr. Hempel-Lamer received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was an Associate Professor of German and the director of Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis before joining the faculty at CSULB. She is the author of Marlene Streeruwitz: Gewalt und Humor im dramatischen Werk, as well as many scholarly publications and presentations.
The recipient of two distinguished teaching awards, Dr. Hempel-Lamer was named Most Valuable Professor in the College of Liberal Arts in 2011 and 2014. She has a history of successful mentoring as a faculty advisor in the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literature and in the University Honors Program.