Angiras Arya, the Assistant to the Director of the Summer Work Program for the 2019–2020 Academic Year, also served in this role from 2013 to 2017. During that time, he updated the program’s data-management system and increased students’ access to funding. He also expanded the range of internships offered, introducing new programs in STEM fields and internships at law firms specializing in art restitution. In response to requests from students, he collaborated with the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst to develop the Refugee Support: Policy & Application internship, which combined academic work in German refugee policy with practical service experience.
Angiras’ professional focus is language teaching. He has been a collaborator and developmental editor on Prof. Jamie Rankin’s der | die | das online textbook since 2013 and he is currently pursuing certification as an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviewer. In the Fall of 2017, he designed and taught German 503: Intermediate German for Academic Reading, a pilot course designed for graduate students needing guidance in reading German texts for their research. In addition to all of the 100-level courses that constitute the German Department’s language sequence, he has also taught German 207 and administered both the departmental graduate reading exam as well as the Fulbright and DAAD language evaluations. He has taught the Graduate Summer Reading Course since 2014. A Ph.D. candidate in the German Department, he is writing a dissertation on the aesthetic epistemology of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge.