I spent two weeks with a group of vibrant German Studies professionals from all over the US at a Fulbright/DAAD Summer Academy for US German professors in Leipzig. One of the most important exchanges during these two weeks was with Birgit Jensen, who presented her own work building the German program at East Carolina University.
Below is a summary of this discussion. These points can be a great start in establishing a course of action for program building. Moreover, they can be a great start in revising approaches at already established programs. I was glad to see some of my own projects at Sam Houston State University in the list. The blog will serve as a thinking piece for a workshop I am co-organizing at this year's ACTFL/AATG in Boston with my wonderful colleagues Patricia Branstad and Yvonne Franke.
If you have had success implementing programming not listed here--or if you have alternative approaches to some of the items listed here--please use the comments section below to tell me about what you are doing. It is extremely important that we as German Studies professionals share insight. Only through collaborative planning and through sharing can we maintain our disciplines.