Bio


Harriett Jernigan is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR). She earned her B.A.in German and Creative Writing at the University of Alabama and her Ph.D. in German Studies at Stanford University. She specializes in writing across the disciplines; second-language acquisition; project-based instruction; social geography; and German languages, literatures and cultures. In her PWR courses, she focuses on the roles that racial and ethnic identity play in informing public and private discourse.

Dr. Jernigan led the design team that developed Stanford’s first standardized language placement test for the Language Center in 1999 and assisted in placing it online. She has worked as an educational consultant for Springer Nature and revised and expanded the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) curriculum at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. She has published fiction, non-fiction and academic articles and is currently engaged in a project exploring the use of Cognitive Grammar (CG) in foreign-language pedagogy training.

Dr. Jernigan has received the St. Clair Drake Teaching Excellence Award and was nominated for Teacher of the Year in the state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Writing and Rhetoric Studies

Honors & Awards


  • Wheeler Fellow, Stanford University (1997-1998)
  • Most Influential Instructor in an Undergraduate’s Career, San Francisco State University (2002-2004)
  • SIIS Fellow, Brandeis University (2015)
  • St. Clair Drake Teaching Excellence Award, Black Community Services Center (2021)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English (2020 - Present)
  • Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Modern Language Association (1996 - Present)
  • Member, German Studies Association (2008 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, German Studies (1998)
  • B.A., University of Alabama, German Studies and Creative Writing (1993)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Learner autonomy, project-based instruction, storytelling, CRT,