Adjunct Professor of American Studies, University of Mainz (2014-); Professor and Chair of American Studies, University of Würzburg (1999-2013); Lecturer in American, English, and Irish Studies, University of Mainz (1973-1999); Visiting Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia (1992-1993).
Habilitation (English Philology), University of Mainz (1988); PhD (English and American Studies, Philosophy), University of Mainz (1978); State Examination in English and German, University of Mainz (1972).
Activities in Professional Organizations and Journals
Steering Group Member of the European Network of Short Fiction Research (ENSFR) (2014-); Member of the Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Würzburg (2008-); Dean of Studies, Philosophische Fakultät, University of Würzburg (2012-2013); Treasurer and Member of the Executive Board of the German Association for the Study of English (Deutscher Anglistenverband) (1997-2010).
Member of the Editorial Board Studies in the American Short Story (2020-); Editorial Consultant Journal of the Short Story in English / Cahiers de la Nouvelle (2014-); Reviewer for: ISLE: International Studies in Ecology and Literature (2019-); PMLA (2019-); Estudios Irlandeses (2018-); Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate (2017-); American Literary History (2016-); Amerikastudien / American Studies (1997-2002).