William B. Fischer (1978) Ph.D.
Professor of German. Ph.D. 1979
Dr. Fischer received his Ph.D. from Yale. He specializes in language teaching, educational technology, language teacher training, and the interaction of science and technology with literature and language. His publications and projects are listed in detail on his personal website. They include textbooks for German and Spanish, computer-based language courses, a multilingual talking pictorial dictionary, software activities for listening and writing, a book about German science fiction, and miscellaneous publications about language, literature and culture. The computer-based language resources can be used from the "CosmoLingua" website. Career highlights include originating and writing the proposals for the Department's Pew and Faculty Vitality grants (2001), delivering the keynote address at the annual convention of the Japanese National Computer Users' Association (1997), and creating the first computer-based language course at PSU (1993-). Dr. Fischer is an amateur musician, with several appearances in Portland Opera productions; he also builds fine furniture and boats.