Professor of German and Cameron Fellow
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Professor Ronald Horwege completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas in 1966 with a double-major in German and History. While there he spent his junior year at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, Germany, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Phi Alpha (German Honor Society) and Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society). He pursued his graduate work at Indiana University, where he completed his M.A. in Germanic Linguistics in 1968 and his Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics with minors in German Literature and Scandinavian Studies in 1971. He spent the 1969-1970 academic year at the Free University of West Berlin, where he completed much of the research for his dissertation. Immediately after the completion of his Ph.D. he came to Sweet Briar College, where he has been in charge of the German Program for 40 years.
In 1983 Professor Horwege initiated the exchange program with the University of Heidelberg. In 1989 he entered into a partnership with Vassar College and the College of William and Mary in managing the Summer Program in Münster, and he has spent several summers in Münster working with the program. He has served four terms as President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German and has also been President of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia. In 1999 he founded a chapter of Delta Phi Alpha at Sweet Briar. At the present time he is serving as the National President of this Organization. Since 1992 he has been in charge of an annual Immersion Weekend for German Teachers at the College and for the past seven years he has organized and managed a week-long Summer Seminar for German teachers. He has worked for several years as the German Program Coordinator for the Center for Liberal Arts at the University of Virginia. In 2003 he received a Certificate of Merit from the American Association of Teachers of German and the Goethe-Institut and the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Foreign Language Association of Virginia. In 2004 he was the recipient of the first Cameron Fellowship awarded by Sweet Briar College.