Ulrich Scheck

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Research Interests

  • German Romantic and contemporary literature
  • language acquisition
  • media and cultural studies
  • politics
  • philosophy
  • history

Other Scholars in English and Modern Languages


My research interests started to emerge during the years when I worked on my undergraduate degree from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in Philosophy and German Literature. They continued to develop while I completed both an MA (1980) and a PhD (1984) at the University of Waterloo. I am interested in a wide spectrum of scholarly enquiry ranging from German Romantic and contemporary literature to language acquisition, media and cultural studies, politics, philosophy and history.

Since my initial faculty position at Queen's University as a Queen's National Scholar in 1985 I have pursued both scholarly and administrative goals. I have authored and co-edited a number of books. I have also published scholarly articles and contributed to reference works. Aside from pursuing my research and teaching interests I have always been committed to increasing opportunities for students to experience other cultures, e.g., through international exchanges. For several years I served as Program Officer of the Ontario-Baden Württemberg Exchange Program that connected all universities in the two jurisdictions and allowed up to 100 students per year to study at one of the partner institutions abroad. As Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Queen's University I became closely involved with the maintenance and development of Masters and doctoral programs. In 2005, I joined Thompson Rivers University as Dean of Arts and subsequently moved into the role of Associate Vice-President Academic. From 2010 to 2015 I served as Provost and Vice-President Academic and am now a faculty member in the Department of English and Modern Languages in the Faculty of Arts.

Outside of academe, my main passion is music. I play keyboards for the Kamloops-based rock band “Shattered Blue” and enjoy our live performances at venues such as Sun Peaks or the Blue Grotto.

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