Bruce Nottingham-Spencer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Instruction, German

Bruce Nottingham-Spencer holds a B.A. in German Literature and Linguistics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also spent time abroad at the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany. He currently supervises the Elementary German program and teaches a variety of courses including German Composition and Conversation, and Business German. His interests include Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Crime Fiction, and Germanic Mythology. 


  • GRMN:1000 - Norse Myth in Popular Culture
  • GRMN:1001 - Elementary German I 
  • GRMN:1002 - Elementary German II
  • GRMN:1020 - Intensive Elementary German
  • GRMN:2775 - Scandinavian Crime Fiction
  • GRMN:3103 - Composition and Conversation I
  • GRMN:3104 - Composition and Conversation II
  • GRMN:3214 - Business German
  • WLLC:5000 - Teaching and Learning Languages


Bruce Nottingham-Spencer
Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A. in Germanic Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A. in German Literature and Linguistics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Contact Information

567 Phillips Hall (PH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States