Hiram Maxim

photo of Professor Hiram Maxim

Masse-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor 
German Studies and Linguistics
Ph. D. in Germanic Studies
University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Office: Modern Languages Building, Rm 214
Phone: 404-727-9234
Email: hmaxim@emory.edu

Hiram Maxim received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, his M.A. from Middlebury College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught two years at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and then six years at Georgetown University before joining the Department of German Studies at Emory University in August 2007 as Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. In addition, he has taught German at the high school level in Virginia and Istanbul, Turkey and has been awarded yearlong grants by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz and the Freie Universität in Berlin. Twice his scholarship has been recognized for distinction by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

His research focuses on instructed adult second language acquisition with specific interest in curricular models that support the longitudinal nature of second language development. This research interest poses a formidable challenge for applied linguists working in collegiate foreign language departments in the United States because of the well-documented bifurcation between so-called language courses at the lower levels and so-called content courses at the upper levels. Overcoming this departmental division has served as the impetus for much of Dr. Maxim's research. His jointly written monograph, Realizing Advanced L2 Writing Development in Collegiate Education: Curricular Design, Pedagogy, Assessment, documents the potential for the longitudinal development of foreign language learners' writing abilities when a coherent curricular framework is in place. For the past several years he and his departmental colleagues at Emory have been implementing just such a curriculum in their undergraduate program. Recognizing that effective curricula do not happen on their own, Dr. Maxim is also interested in foreign language teacher education and recently co-edited a volume on graduate student teacher education at the college level.

Dr. Maxim teaches happily all levels of German as well as courses in applied linguistics. In addition to his departmental home in German Studies, he is a Core Faculty Member in the Linguistics Program.


Prof. Maxim's German Studies webpage

Courses taught in Linguistics

LING 190 Reading Multilingual Atlanta (same as CHN 190 and GER 190)
LING 385 Literacy, Language, and Education (same as GER 385)
LING 485 Wie Ideen zur Sprache kommen: Analyzing political and social discourse
     in contemporary Germany (same as GER 470)
LING 485W CyberGerman (same as GER 470)