German Certification

It is now possible to get certified in German provided that another language major is also chosen. Students interested will have to pass the Praxis in German and take all the pertinent courses in Education.

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The Modern Languages Conference is proud to present a photo exhibit by Dr. Kim Garris.  The photographs will be displayed in RLH 200  and will be on onview during the lunch period and the afternoon, from 12:30-3.  The exhibit features photos taken in Haiti in January 2014.  They will be on sale and all proceeds will go to the renovation of a dispensary in Haiti.

Dr. Kim Grarris


When Dr. Kim Garris is not behind the lens of her cameras, she’s busy working with students as an Associate Professor of Communication/Journalism at Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA). She joined the faculty in 2004 leaving her post as morning anchor/reporter at WHTM-TV, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, PA. She logs 16 years of professional experience including work as a news reporter at ABC, NBC and CBS television affiliates from Alabama to Maine. Along the way, she has worked for a large regional cable network in New England and even reported on the space and science industry through her work for the Sci-Fi Channel. She landed her first job in broadcast news in AM radio. Her professional career has not been limited to news reporting. She’s worn many hats including news producer, weather anchor, sports anchor and even videographer and editor.

Kim earned her Ph.D. from the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University in 2009, but even during her time in school she did not veer far from the newsroom. Her dissertation studied work practices in television newsrooms with a special emphasis on how those practices impact women with families. Kim continues her research on women in television news and has published her work in academic journals. Kim has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, and a B.A. in mass communications from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.

Kim’s teaches broadcast journalism courses including producing, production, performance, writing and multimedia. She also advises the Emmy award winning student-run campus television station, SUTV.

Kim lives with her husband and two sons (ages 13 and 9) in a suburb of Harrisburg, PA. When the weather’s nice, you’ll find them kayaking and fishing local waterways or biking one of the many Rail Trails along the Mid Atlantic. 

Dr. Kim Garris and Allison Hill

Garris and Ally

Allison Hill, who graduates from the Department of Communications/Journalism in May 2014, accompanied Dr. Garris in Haiti this past January, and shot many photos and videos as well.