Robert Sackett, Ph.D.


Rob Sackett, who came to UCCS in 1982, is the Modern Europeanist of the Department with particular interest in modern Germany, the Nazi period, the Holocaust, the Federal Republic. He won't hide it any longer?he loves teaching. I love (first person, now) where film and history intersect, also where history and literature intersect. Even (or especially) a subject like the Holocaust calls for more than a conventional historical treatment, I believe?film and literature, the visual arts all add to what we know and understand. The history of ideas, also of ideas about history, is of special interest. My teaching career has been enlarged by working with tremendous colleagues from other departments in the Humanities Program. I work in a great Department. It is an honor to be with such a collection of fine people and historians. I admire and appreciate the students at UCCS. I have won teaching awards, including the 2010 campus Outstanding Teacher Award, which is a source of satisfaction. I speak German and Spanish, love both of them and am always seeking to improve in both. I have published a book and many articles on German history and literature. I have more I would like to accomplish in research and writing. As I write these lines in 2011 I am nearing the end of what seems like a long tenure as Chair of the Department. There are lots of new courses I would like to teach.