Laura Franz

Contact Information

Laura Franz
Adjunct Instructor in German
Modern Language
Office location

Old Main 202

Office hours

Current Semester:  most afternoons and by specific appointment; all meetings via Zoom.  If you're one of my students, the info regarding my calendly page and Zoom meeting room is on our Canvas site.

German tables:
Tuesdays,  1-2pm on Zoom
Fridays:   3 - 4pm in person on patio at Mojava, as long as the weather cooperates, then on zoom

"Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt." Ludwig Wittgenstein
(The limits of my language determine the limits of my world.)
Learning German will open your world, broaden your perspective and enrich your life ... for life.


Grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Worked at Citibank, New York, NY; the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria; and Raiffeisenbank, Vienna, Austria.


M.A. German Language & Literature and Foreign Language Pedagogy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A. French Language & Literature and Art History, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Courses taught

NWU: German Stages I, II, III & IV, Adolescent Literature &
Archway Seminar: Coffee, Cake and the Kiss (Vienna at the Dawn of the 20th century)
as well as Archway Seminar:  Profiles in Courage (Russian Resistance to Government -isms)

UNL: German 101, 102, 201, 202, 204

Course schedule

Fall 2021:

  • German Adolescent Literature, MWF, 9.00-9.50
  • German Stage I, MTWF 11.00-11.50

Spring 2022:

  • German Stage II, MTWF, 9-9.50
Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

Co-Chairperson, Nebraska District, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
former Docent, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln
Phi Beta Kappa (Wellesley College 1981)

NWU Exemplary Teacher Award, 2016-2017