Gerd Hauck is Full Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ryerson University. Dr. Hauck is a graduate of the universities of Heidelberg, Sussex, Cambridge, and Toronto. His academic publications include articles on theatre history, dramaturgy, dramatic literature, second language acquisition, and a book on Irish playwright Samuel Beckett. Most recently, his research has focussed on the multiple convergences between digital media and live theatre as well as an interdisciplinary project examining theatre’s knowledge transfer capabilities for health care professionals. Following several years as Chair of the Department of Drama and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Hauck joined Ryerson in 2010 as Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design. As Dean he was responsible for advancing the research profile of the Faculty; working towards developing an innovative, socially relevant curriculum; promoting interdisciplinary collaboration; and supporting community outreach and knowledge transfer. In 2016 Dr. Hauck joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and took on the role of Founding Director of the ESL Foundation Program. As Director his responsibilities included growing the Program’s intake of international students; overseeing the move to the Program’s new home on Yonge Street; and investigating opportunities for welcoming international students and scholars with ESL and acculturation needs. Following the end of his directorship at the Real Institute in May 2019, Dr. Hauck is now focused on his teaching at LLC and a collaborative research project with colleagues in the Schools of Nursing and Professional Communication.
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