Karen Vatz

Karen Vatz

  • Adjunct Faculty


Karen Vatz holds a B.A. in French from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. in French and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland, where she also completed her PhD in Second Language Acquisition. 

Before moving to Vermont, Vatz worked with a team of educators and researchers at the Center for Advanced Study of Language. Their work focused on foreign language learning and the effectiveness of teaching practices in various contexts, such as face-to-face and distance learning. In addition, Vatz has conducted research on critical period effects in second language acquisition, processing of grammatical gender in learners of French, language aptitude, and effective types of academic support for international students.

After moving to Vermont in 2012, Vatz enjoyed teaching a variety of courses in linguistics at the University of Vermont and building a part-time editing business. Vatz joined the Norwich faculty in 2019, where she teaches Interpersonal Communications, Professional and Technical Writing, and Composition and Literature. When she’s not teaching or editing, Vatz enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and caring for her numerous pets and barn animals.

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