Dr. Andrew Meyer will join the Nordic Studies faculty in fall 2017. After graduating from Luther with a degree in English magna cum laude with a minor in Music, Meyer pursued a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Washington in English.
Meyer’s first contact with the Norwegian language was through community education classes in his hometown of Forest City, IA. Upon enrolling at Luther, he began taking Norwegian from Dr. Kathleen Stokker, professor emerita of Scandinavian Studies. He worked as Dr. Stokker’s teaching assistant in 2001-2002.
Meyer’s connections to Norway have only grown since his time at Luther. During his time as a master’s student at the University of Washington, Meyer received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship, which he used to attend The International Summer School at the University of Oslo. In Oslo, he completed an intensive Norwegian language course. In 2015, he received the Rovang Scholar in American Studies fellowship through the US-Norway Fulbright Foundation. From August 2015-June 2016, he lectured on topics associated with American studies to high school students throughout Norway.
He is excited for his return to Luther, “When I graduated from Luther, I realized that I wanted to be for other students what my professors were for me. I became an English major in part because of Paideia, and although I wasn't a Scandinavian Studies major, my time in Norwegian classes has been surprisingly influential in shaping the course of my life. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to try and give that same care and support to Luther students today. Plus, although Seattle is awfully hard to leave, Decorah isn't a bad alternative!”
He will teach upper-level courses in Norwegian language and literature and first-year Paideia. Most recently, Meyer has served as Humanities Teacher at The Northwest School (Seattle, WA).