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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Josef Hellebrandt


Josef Hellebrandt

Associate Professor

Biographical Information

Josef Hellebrandt is an associate professor and a former chair and associate dean in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, where he teaches courses in German and Spanish languages and cultures. After finishing a M.A. in Political Science in his native Germany, he earned a M.A. in Latin American Literature at the University of North Carolina) (Chapel Hill) and subsequently a Ph.D in Foreign Language Education at Purdue University.

He also teaches at the South Bay German School, a non-profit Saturday morning institution in San Jose, and served on its board for many years.

Courses Taught


  • First-yr. German (GERM 1, 2, 3)
  • Intermediate German (GERM 21, 22)
  • Advanced German (GERM 100)
  • German Writing Workshop (GERM 103)
  • German Conversation (GERM 106)
  • Business German (GERM 108)
  • Germany in the Media (GERM 112)
  • German Film ( GERM 113)
  • Germany and the Environment (GERM 114)


  • First-yr. Spanish (SPAN 3)

Research Interests

His research interests focus on service-learning, community engagement and the teaching of environmental issues in German and Spanish.

Selected Publications

  • Josef Hellebrandt and Ethel Jorge, (2013) “The Scholarship of Community Engagement,” special issue of Hispania, June 2013.
  • Co-editor of Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Service-Learning in Applied Linguistics (Anker, 2007)
  • Co-editor of Juntos: Community Partnerships in Spanish and Portuguese (Thomson & Heinle, 2003)
  • Co-editor of Construyendo Puentes (Building Bridges): Concepts and Models of Service-Learning in Spanish (AAHE, 1999).